Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5092, 2014

A Day in the Life Of
In Kuala Lumpur, final preparations are being made for a trip to a local stream. But this sustainability coordinator fears that the burning of peat swamps in the area could affect pupils' breathing It's 6.30am. My wife wakes me, then I wake...
A Real-Life Supper-Hero
He started with school dinners in south-east London. Now Jamie Oliver wants to save children all over the globe from obesity and ill-health. As he prepares to break the world record for the largest ever live cooking lesson, Helen Ward meets the...
Asia's Mathematical Advantage Runs Deep
Numbers are at the heart of communication in China, but the West should not use cultural differences as an excuse for lagging behind How many British citizens would admit that they struggle with reading and can barely write a sentence? Pretty...
Back to Basics
If your students are in a bother over balancing and don't know their 2a + 3 = 7 from their 5y - 4 = 41, don't worry. These resources will soon get them solving equations with aplomb 1 Number crunchingWhat is it? A crossnumber worksheet - a...
Bringing Home the Bacon
Prolonged rhythmic squeaking from the neighbouring pig farm brought an end to a rare few minutes of Thursday afternoon peace. "Hear that, Sir?" burred Sam from the back of the class. "That's two pigs ruttin', that is."The amiably lethargic Sam knows...
Every Adult Matters, Too
My husband and I ran into a bit of marital trouble last weekend. Usually we rub along fine: I get on with my marking while he hovers in the background making supportive noises and occasional cups of tea, before slouching off to the sofa to watch Netflix.The...
Getting a Buzz out of Spelling
Take the sting out of mistakes by admitting your own blunders Spelling is a real issue for many teenagers. With the rise of social media and advances in communication technology, emoticons, acronyms and slang are taking centre stage, and the...
Help Autistic Children to Delight in Language
Ambiguity can be confusing, but don't change how you speak. We must prepare these students for communication out in the world Set yourself the following challenge: speak engagingly to a group of students and hold their attention long enough...
How Geography Must Adapt or Die
'Schism' endangers future of subject in schools, expert warns Geography will disappear as a subject in schools unless it unites its human and physical aspects to meet the needs of the 21st century, one of the most high-profile geographers...
Jewish Schools May Exit State Sector in Faith Row
Rulings on evolution and exams are an 'attack' on choice, they say High-performing Jewish schools have warned that they may withdraw from the state sector because of a growing row over religious freedom and claims that they are being forced...
Mr Smith by Sir Steve Redgrave
The most successful rower in Olympic history remembers the man who introduced him to the sport If it weren't for Francis Smith, I might have been a rugby player. Despite growing up in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, a town known for its rowing club,...
News at a Glance
Performance pay 'holds back' women and minoritiesBlack and ethnic minority teachers, as well as female educators, will face discrimination when performance-related pay is introduced to schools in England, the country's biggest teaching union claimed...
Now I Have Failed, I Can Help Others to Succeed
"You've got about 30 minutes to make your moving toy," announced the tutor. "Off you go."I pretended to be fine but inside I was beginning to panic. As part of my primary teacher training, I was in a classroom that was set up as a design and technology...
Riddle Me This: What's the Answer to Grade Inflation?
Grade inflation is one of the great paradoxes of public sector policy.It's right up there with the riddle of what to do with the NHS: the more successful the health service, the more unaffordable it becomes; the more brilliantly doctors and nurses use...
Shake Your Booty
"What a pity you weren't able to join in," Mr Jones says. He is still purple from his exertions."Yes, having an arthritic ankle is a pain in the bottom of the tibia," I reply.My fall from physical perfection has been a cruel one. Long walks in the Yorkshire...
Should Colleges Finally Learn to Love Ofsted?
'Embrace' the watchdog, urges principal of outstanding institution The FE sector in England has never had much love for Ofsted: unions regularly call for the watchdog to be abolished, while college leaders have accused the inspectorate of...
Squeeze of Enterprise
Primary pupils learn about business by selling lemonade Recent articles about teenage internet entrepreneurs left me wondering at what age children could grasp the idea of a business plan. Were my eight- and nine-year-old pupils too young...
TES Letters
We should all be mindful of the benefits of meditationFrank Furedi says that mindfulness and other meditative techniques do not offer "real experiences" ("Mindfulness is a fad, not a revolution", Comment, 18 April). All this shows is that he has never...
The Longest Day
A planned observation is probably the least accurate representation of teaching competency. Observations are sold to us as a means of identifying what professional development is required to make us even better at this teaching business. When they go...
The Revolution Is Coming, So What Should You Expect?
England's exams shake-up is the biggest in more than 25 years Schools in England are about to experience an exams revolution. Reforms to GCSEs from 2015 will mark the start of the biggest change to secondary assessment in the country since...
This Week, Next Week
19-25 April 2014SaturdayFeeding the mind and the bodyEvidence of teachers going above and beyond for their charges - as if proof were needed - was provided by a union poll of UK teachers that found more than a quarter had brought in food to give to hungry...
Travel Costs Take a Toll in Rural Areas
Drop-out rates likely to rise as transport changes hit students Students attending rural colleges are at greater risk of dropping out of education owing to the government's refusal to pay for free transport, a union has claimed. Although transportation...
Union Adversary Hails Worthy Foe
US reformer says they protect their members 'extremely well' Michelle Rhee, the controversial US school reformer, made her name as the scourge of classroom unions. But the former Washington DC schools chancellor has decided that, despite her...
Unstoppable March of Independents
Their overseas campuses are predicted to grow 'dramatically' Leading British independent schools will soon be educating more foreign students in overseas franchises than they do on British soil, a major survey of private schools suggests.The...
Wages Rise, but the Pay Gap Won't Close
Access to secondary education and beyond is vital, report says Worldwide improvements in access to education have led to higher average wages, but have failed to close the gap between the highest and lowest paid, new international analysis...
What's Hot?
From deadly dinosaurs to desert dangers, this week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect is full of peril. But, if you're careful, you should be able to steer students home again 1 Short cutsWhat is it? A presentation that helps...
Why Teachers Must Practise What They Preach on Equality
Many fail to challenge sexism and homophobia, research finds Almost all teachers agree that eliminating sexism and homophobia is vital, but many are reluctant to do anything about it in their own schools, new research suggests.In a survey...
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