Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5121, 2014

A Classroom of One's Own
Teaching is overwhelmingly female-dominated, yet the top positions still disproportionately go to men. Adi Bloom traces the history of sexism in education and the malign effects on teachers of both genders Philippa Seago is a teacher married...
A Day in the Life Of
Commuting through forests, over rivers and across borders is a daily undertaking for this British teacher at a German school, who delights in languages and gets his ideas from a 'tree of inspiration'I can leave home a bit later than usual today as my...
Adviser to the Stars
Maybe I've become a bit out of touch. "Oh, surely not", I hear you cry. But yes, I have to admit that I'm just not as plugged in to the whole business - some would say racket - of advising students with their university applications as I once was.And...
A Fresh Atmosphere for Studying Acid Rain
It's all well and good to tell students that rainwater contains acids, mostly as a result of humans burning fossil fuels. But it is much better if you can show them the process in action.It works like this. Pour a small amount of water into a flat pan...
Are Cliques Taking Control of Our Governing Bodies?
Small groups are dominating too many decisions, study finds School governing bodies are often dominated by small cliques that push through decisions without being held properly to account, a new study suggests.Instead of concentrating powers...
'Assessment Treadmill' May Overwhelm Staff
Ofsted's marking expectations are branded 'crazy' by headteachers Teachers are being swamped by the huge amount of marking now required to comply with Ofsted inspections, headteachers have warned.Inspectors have stopped grading individual...
Be Part of the Herd
"Herd immunity" is a phrase used to describe one way that viral epidemics spread. Say someone comes into a community with a new strain of flu, or Ebola. Because it's new, no one has resistance to it and it spreads easily throughout the group. But take...
Coming Undone
IN Jonathan Swift's poem A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed, he describes "Corinna, Pride of Drury Lane" as she undresses at night. When she awakes, without her mouse-fur eyebrows, false teeth and the rags that prop up her "flabby dugs", it's not a...
Difficult to Deliver
Our youngest child is fixated on Postman Pat - we're currently averaging five episodes a day. Although I'm an ardent fan of the cheery Royal Mail employee and his feline sidekick, my husband and I agree that he is a rubbish postman. He is incapable of...
Do Bricklayers Really Need GCSE Maths?
We should not force students to achieve that elusive C grade when functional skills based on their career goals are far more useful I want to start by being honest about my standpoint: I believe that the current policy of pushing all students...
Don't Ignore FE's Long Hours, Union Demands
UCU calls for government's Workload Challenge to include post-16 A government initiative to tackle excessive workload in schools should be extended to colleges, unions have urged.Last month, education secretary Nicky Morgan urged school teachers...
'Downton Abbey' World Will Lead to Coding Class Divide
Non-programmers likely to have lower status, expert warns School-leavers will soon be entering a "Downton Abbey" society, where those who can code will enjoy life upstairs, while those who cannot program computers languish in the equivalent...
Edcha##er
We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter Creativity and innovation are such buzzwords in education that it's easy for them to lose all...
For Lasting Results, Be Ruled by Your Pupils
The best discipline doesn't come from reluctant compliance but from giving students a say in the rules they have to follow "Erm...don't punch anyone on the face?"I look at Patrick approvingly."Yes, that's a good rule. The classroom wouldn't...
How to Get Your Faculty on Top Form
Diverse departments can be tough to lead; follow our tips to fly high Working as a head of faculty in a further education college can be, to borrow from Dickens, the best of times and the worst of times. It is a dynamic role, full of challenge...
If Only Corporate Culture Came with Corporate Pay
Is it really possible that here in the 21st century - when only on the fringes of Ukip is the desirability of gender equality anything other than received wisdom - the teaching profession suffers from a public-esteem problem because it is dominated by...
News at a Glance
Encouraging poorer students to pursue medicineMedical schools are to receive guidance on how to widen access to undergraduate degrees for students from poor backgrounds. The Medical Schools Council yesterday published A Journey to Medicine: outreach...
Priorities, Not Practice, Make Shanghai Prosper
Every teacher knows that Shanghai tops the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) league tables - we're told often enough. It has become another stick with which parents, politicians and the public can beat UK teachers.So what happens...
Ray Lamb by Tom Fletcher
A shaky start to singing lessons left the young show-off hiding in a toilet. But years later, the McBusted star turned to his musical mentor for advice when writing his wedding song For a kid like me - who loved singing, dancing and showing...
Research Corner
'Teacher behavior as a mediator of the relationship between teacher judgment and students' motivation and emotion' by Urhahne, DTeaching and Teacher Education, 45:73-82, January 2015 (Elsevier)bit.ly/TeacherBehaviorTeachers, as a breed, are pretty good...
Take a Closer Look at High-Tech Teaching
Pupils' use of technology for learning is increasing rapidly, but the digital revolution can also have a powerful impact on CPD The common narrative around technology in education is that teachers have to embrace it if they are to stand any...
Tales from New Teachers
respect my authority The problemFor the first time, I was in a lesson that I would eventually take responsibility for. I was delivering the plenary, which I had poured a large amount of time and effort into. The class was normally well-behaved...
TES Letters
Why great schools create their own freedomsAlthough I empathise with Hugh Greenway, managing director of the Elliot Foundation chain of academies ("Should we pay for child protection or asbestos removal?", News, 7 November), primary schools that were...
The Indian Schools Where Puppets Are the Masters
Profit-making Sesame Street preschools cater for middle class Elmo and Big Bird may be recognisable to Sesame Street fans across the globe, but India's version of the show features some less-familiar characters."We have a nine-foot lion called...
The Key to a Miracle Nativity
Follow these top tips to ensure a spectacular Christmas show You've been given the job of organising the school's Christmas play. How on earth do you give every child a role that allows them that memorable moment in the spotlight? Well, let...
This Headteacher Wants His Students to Run the Country
£45m academy aims to put FSM pupils in the corridors of power Building one of the most expensive schools in the country at a time of austerity and government cuts was bound to be controversial. To detractors, the £45 million spent setting...
This Week, Next Week
8-14 November 2014SaturdayPrivate painTeachers at private schools may not have as cushy a life as their state school peers believe. An ATL teaching union survey revealed that many were working longer hours with tiny pay rises, despite larger fees.SundayLest...
'We Don't Deal with Sexuality in Any Form'
Rabbi will tell his pupils to skip 'inappropriate' exam questions A state-funded, Orthodox Jewish school has admitted that it will encourage students not to answer GCSE exam questions on "inappropriate" topics such as evolution, homosexuality...
What's Hot?
Give your pupils a feast with food-themed maths, history and English activities in this week's pick of resources from the TES website. Plus there are great ideas for inspiring creativity in music lessons and an engaging introduction to feminism...
When Ofsted Comes Calling, Keep Smiling
If your school has received a poor rating, don't let it knock your confidence. Stay calm when the inspectors pay their next visit It has happened. Ofsted has rated your school inadequate. It's easy to take the judgement personally and decide...
Why One Teacher's Campaign to Ban 'Banter' Is No Joke
Term blurs the line between ribbing and bullying, he argues "Just saying 'banter' or 'bantz' over and over again is not a substitute for actual amusing conversation," Will (played by Simon Bird) points out tersely in The Inbetweeners 2.Many...
Why We Should Simply Stop Teaching English
Lessons in grammar, literacy and the like can be dull for pupils and frustrating for staff. So why not abandon them altogether? Recent reports suggest that Ofsted is concerned about the intense focus on English and maths in primary schools,...
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