Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5110, 2014

A Day in the Life Of
Despite the daily struggle of life in Nairobi's largest slum, this teacher of English is sustained by her belief that education and inspiration can help her students to escape I am a teacher at the Red Rose School in Nairobi, Kenya. The school...
Are Involved Parents Scoring an Own Goal?
A controversial study by US academics suggests that taking an interest in your child's schoolwork may not be an unqualified good Most schools communicate regularly with parents. They hold open evenings, write letters and make phone calls home....
Ask Tom
Teacher, TES blogger and behaviour expert Tom Bennett puts on his agony uncle hat and answers your education questions We have had a few students go on holiday in school time and the response from the leadership team has not been consistent....
Bullying Has No Cure - but We Can Build Resistance
"Some day I'll be living in a big ol' city/And all you're ever gonna be is mean." Bullied songstress Taylor Swift articulates the fervent hopes of young people everywhere: that they will go places when they grow up while their tormentors will go nowhere.But...
Don't Ignore Our Input, Colleges Say
They are vital to apprenticeship reform, government is warned Colleges have urged the government not to leave them out of apprenticeship policy.Westminster kicked off a new advertising campaign last week calling on young people to "Get In,...
Fair-Weather Friends
"Critical friend" - remember that phrase, fashionable in schools about 10 years ago? This was the colleague nominated to be our partner, our source of informal support and advice, whether we liked it or not.I do not want to hurt too many feelings here;...
Getting a Rise out of Pupils
How telling stories on stairs can help struggling students IT is a special experience to have a group of hard-to-reach students follow you as if you were the Pied Piper while they learn about the structure of a story. I tried this method with...
Get Together and Reap the Rewards
Collaborations between differing schools offer enriching and exciting experiences for all Inter-school collaborations are often complex, sometimes controversial and always time-consuming. With so much to occupy us in our day-to-day roles,...
Give Peace a Chance with a Code of Honour
Setting up core values for the whole school to abide by minimises the risk of conflict - especially if you get pupils' parents on board As Western governments have found, imposing democratic rights and the rule of law on people not used to...
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How Do We Learn? Forget about It
Brain mulls over problems even when distracted, researcher says Most people think of it as a generational attention-deficit disorder: the inability of teenagers to sit down and do their homework without regularly checking Twitter or updating...
'I Always Thought I Had a Poker Face. I Really Don't'
Educating the East End's stars prepare to see themselves on TV "In my head, I sound like Richard Burton," says Joe Bispham. He pauses. "I really don't sound like Richard Burton."And I always thought I had a poker face. I really don't. It's...
I Love It When a Food Plan Comes Together
This campaigning chef has battled for a decade to put school meals on the political menu. Let's not lose momentum now, he writes Ten years ago, I entered a school kitchen for the first time in my life and came face-to-face with the formidable...
'I Train Teachers to Shoot the Dog and Protect the Flock'
US staff taught to fire guns need not tell schools they are armed "There are evil people in the world - there are evil people everywhere," says Mike Magowan, who is training teachers how to use guns in the US state of Florida.Mr Magowan, who...
Just My Imagination
I am reviewing the remedial portfolio of one of my colleague's students. I have only her name (Rose) and her work (incomplete, disordered, unresponsive).I've seen worse remedial portfolios in English: floundering ones, where the confusion or incomprehension...
Killing with Kindness
Most parents' first instinct is to protect their child from bullies. But denying young people the space to fight their own battles may be setting them up for a lifetime of pain. Adi Bloom reports Sophie was ugly. Sophie was boring. Sophie...
Making the Foreign Familiar
Combat fear of new languages by using phonics techniques When I began teaching languages, I found that speaking was the biggest obstacle for most pupils. They needed to work on pronunciation, but at that time I had never heard of phonics being...
Mr Doe and Mrs Evans by Ellie Simmonds
The four-time Paralympic gold medallist was treated just like any other pupil at school. But when her achievements in swimming became too exceptional to ignore, her teachers celebrated I was 11 when my mum and I moved from our home in Aldridge,...
News at a Glance
Neet levels fall to their lowest since 2005The number of young people in England not in education, employment or training (Neet) has fallen to its lowest level for the April-June period in nine years. Government figures show that the number of Neets...
'No Miracle Cure': Experts Query the Value of Tablets
'Fight through flim-flam' to find benefit of costly tech, they say Educational technology costing hundreds of millions of pounds a year will not provide a "miracle cure" to underachievement and could be abandoned by teachers, according to...
Parlez-Vous Français? Never Mind, Skype Does
I have just seen my professional coffin. Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, will soon be launching a real-time translator that enables users to have a conversation with someone speaking a foreign language; their words are instantly understandable via...
Resources of the Week
Each week, three subject teachers recommend a high-quality resource that they have tried and tested in their own classrooms MathsLesson starters: Routine skillsWhat is it? Excel is such a versatile tool. Using the random-number-generator function,...
Schools Reeling after 'Clobbering' in GCSEs
Unexpectedly low results lead to 'despair' in disadvantaged areas Hundreds of schools in England and Wales have been "clobbered" by lower than expected GCSE results that will send them plummeting down league tables, according to the first...
Set Engagement Soaring with Ultimate Frisbee
Pupils love playing ultimate frisbee in PE lessons because it is so different from mainstream sports. Some children are crestfallen when they hear we are doing football (again), but frisbee is a sport that all students tend to embrace.The great thing...
Stay One Move Ahead with Active Learning
Contrary to what you might think, this strategy is about deep thinking rather than physical activity. Here's how it's done Active learning is probably not what you think it is. And there is no real excuse for your error. The facts, you see,...
Strike Up the Band
As September looms, I am plagued by a recurring nightmare: my students return to school even more obsessed with multicoloured bracelets than they were in July. They are captivated by them to the point where I am invisible. I confiscate them by the handful...
Tailor-Make Exams So They're 'Fit for Purpose'
FE institutions call for bespoke GCSEs to suit post-16 learners Colleges and providers are calling on the government to develop new post-16 GCSEs in English and maths that are more relevant to learners in further education.Since last year,...
Tales from New Teachers
managing a mixed bag The problemTaking a triple composite class in your first year of teaching is both daunting and exhilarating.Most small primary schools comprise two or three classes, depending on the influx of new P1 pupils (aged 4-5)...
TES Letters
The positives of studying maths are numerousDr Kevin Stannard is right that England needs a broader educational framework (online opinion, 19 August, bit.ly/ StannardOpinion) and we strongly support his call for fundamental reform of the curriculum and...
The SEN Revolution Is Coming, but Who Will Deliver It?
Reforms could be derailed by a shortage of psychologists An overhaul of special educational needs (SEN) provision will expose a shortfall in the number of specialist educational psychologists, which could disadvantage thousands of the most...
This Week, Next Week
23-29 AUGUST 2014SaturdayCarved in stoneThe first of more than 400 paving stones commemorating those who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War were laid in the soldiers' home towns or birthplaces throughout the UK.SundayDancing in...
What's Hot?
This week's pick of the resources available on the TES website includes a lesson where students matchmake for Elizabeth I (since online dating wasn't an option back then) and a task where superheroes come to the rescue to teach probability ...
When Worlds Collide, Inspiration Can Strike
The wide reach of adult education brings together students from all walks and stages of life - and the results can be remarkable If you pull the short straw at the adult learning service where I work, you'll find yourself teaching the teenage...
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