Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5143, 2015

Abuse and Neglect Referrals Rise Sharply
Schools under pressure as cases soar by nearly 50% in four years The number of safeguarding referrals made by schools over concerns about the abuse, neglect or welfare of pupils has dramatically increased across England, TES can reveal.Figures...
A Day in the Life Of
After escaping the 'crushing pressure' of UK education, this teacher has settled in Shanghai, city of bright lights, polite pupils and panda onesies. But when will the next 'airpocalypse' strike? Life in a new country is often bizarre. The...
Be Guided by Pupils - They'll Lift Your Game, Expert Says
Student mentors can help NQTs' development, conference hears Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) should have pupil mentors to help them through their first year in the job, a former director of the National College for School Leadership has said.Students...
Debunking the Myths of State Boarding
Such provision can change lives but it is often misunderstood. A teacher sets the record straight Lots of people don't realise that state boarding schools exist. Indeed, many local residents aren't aware that the Harefield Academy, where I...
Do as I Say. and as I Do
Teaching is often in the blood. Young people follow their parents - and even their grandparents - into the profession, but is the influence of the older generation positive? And how different is the job now? Adi Bloom talks to three teaching families....
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 As teachers return from the Easter break, the end of the school year can shimmer in the distance...
How Early Years Education Boosts Cardiac Health
Researchers go to the heart of preschool's physical benefits The more early years education children receive, the less likely they are to develop heart disease in later life, landmark research reveals.The benefits of early years education...
How to Draw Inspiration from Great Writing
When I want to lighten the atmosphere in an English lesson, I draw something on the whiteboard. Since I have no artistic skill whatsoever, my efforts are always met with laughter. And I frequently ask students to draw pictures, even though my subject...
'It's a Myth We've Got Lots of Money'
Private schools can't afford state partnerships, argues ISC chair Forcing private schools to work with their neighbours in the state sector would result in their relationships being "tarnished", a leading figure in the independent sector has...
'More Must Be Done to Give Teaching the Status It Deserves'
'Worrying' figures reveal 81% of school staff feel undervalued Eight in 10 teachers do not feel valued by society, according to a survey by TES and YouGov, which provides an insight into how low morale has sunk within the profession.Overall,...
Mr Bouckley by Frank Lampard
A PE teacher helped a young footballer to take his first steps towards becoming one of England's greatest ever players My very best teacher was Chris Bouckley, at Brentwood School in Essex. Funnily enough, he was my PE teacher. We had a special...
News at a Glance
Three-quarters of heads dissatisfied with coalitionMore than three-quarters (77 per cent) of school leaders are dissatisfied with the coalition government's performance on education, according to a survey published today. The report, based on responses...
Paradise Lost and Found
I think I might have died and gone to teacher heaven. Having spent the past few years working in a pressure-cooker environment, I finally jumped ship to try the job somewhere else before chucking it all in and retraining as a plumber. The change is amazing.For...
Save Adult Education - before It's Switched Off
Despite politicians' apparent love affair with lifelong learning, it is being starved of funds. Without urgent action, we will all suffer Britain is approaching the general election in bad shape. Despite years of bleak austerity and major...
Sitting Still Won't Boost Teachers' Social Standing
If you ask parents what they think of the education their child receives the answer is usually overwhelmingly positive. Most adults are nostalgic about their own schooling, and almost all have fond memories of a great teacher who changed their life,...
Tales from New Teachers
work or relationship? The problemAll newly qualified teachers have problems with workload, but when it starts causing difficulties in your personal life something has got to change.I reached a point after Christmas where I was working until...
TES Letters
If you want well-tailored research, look locallyProfessor Dylan Wiliam makes some worthwhile points in saying that teacher-led research alone will not bring about universal improvement ("The research delusion", Feature, 10 April). It is likely that a...
The Acid Test
Whatever the general election campaign is about, it sure ain't education! OK, so we're getting the odd titbit on subjects such as testing infants (more, more, more) or funding adult education (less, less, less) but that's pretty much it.About all we...
There Is No Workload Crisis - Just Politics
As the government tries to placate teachers with promises to reduce stress, we must ask what the activists are really fighting for Workload is the word of the moment. It has achieved the ultimate accolade: a government inquiry. The Workload...
This Week, Next Week
18-24 April 2015SaturdaySuperhuman effortThousands of people in Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman costumes descended on cities across the world. Their aim? Not to beat the baddies, but to set a world record for the most people dressed as superheroes.SundayShroud...
Turning Lessons Up to 11 with Rock Star Times Tables
Contest aims to roll out the red carpet for numeracy skills Are your pupils having trouble learning their times tables? Perhaps it's time to don a long curly wig, unleash the air guitar and rock 3 x 8.That's the approach that Bruno Reddy,...
Under Fire on All Sides: What Fate for Ofsted?
When even the besieged inspectorate's former supporters are turning on it, reform is surely inevitable, writes William Stewart Rarely has an issue been so unifying in education. Everyone, it seems, is demanding big changes at Ofsted.Some want...
UTC Closures Are Only a 'Setback', Boss Insists
Chief executive says he is confident about the programme's future University technical colleges are not a "vanity project" and will continue to spread across the country despite the "setback" of two institutions closing in less than a year,...
Walking a Thin Line
I'm a corridor man. Always have been. Since my teacher training I've made a habit of standing in the doorway to my classroom and watching as students move through the hallways. In part, it's good behaviour management. I peer over my glasses at those...
Where School Building Plans Are Going Up in Smoke
Hopes for windfall from taxes on cannabis are stubbed out When the US state of Colorado unveiled controversial plans to legalise cannabis, it offered an unusual sweetener to appease its critics. Millions of dollars raised through the radical...
Why You Should Sing Your School's Praises
...but also let it speak for itself. Headteachers must take a step back when Ofsted arrives and let their staff and students shine Many headteachers will tell you that, during an Ofsted inspection, you have to be the lead inspector's shadow....
Ye of Little Faith
Once in a while, someone leaves my room crying. I don't say that with shame or pride - it's part of the job. You see, I teach RE. Know-nothings tell me how irrelevant it is to them ("I'm not going to be a priest, so why should I learn this, lol?") while...
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