Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5134, 2015

A C Grayling Seeks to Fill Philosophy's 'Screaming Silence'
He will campaign for a GCSE to rival reformed RE courses Philosopher A C Grayling is to campaign for the introduction of a philosophy GCSE in the wake of controversial reforms to religious education, TES can reveal.Professor Grayling believes...
A Day in the Life Of
The education system in Burma has been shut down for decades, so this expat's trainee teachers are hungry for knowledge. They are thrilled by bingo - and keen to decipher Justin Bieber songsA yelping street dog interrupts the hum of chanting from the...
All-Singing, All-Dancing Lessons on Dementia
A new scheme bringing older people suffering from Alzheimer's into schools is teaching both generations the power of community Hugh McGill is rock'n'roll dancing with two partners simultaneously. Both are half his size; he twirls the first...
Banging Your Head against Bad CPD
Worried that staff training will lead you to a dead end? Our guide tells you what to avoid Data and impact: two of the most important words in further education. The problem is that impact doesn't always result in data and data doesn't necessarily...
Careless Whisper
Recently, I overheard an exchange between two seasoned teachers. "How are your classes going?" one asked. "Oh, same old stuff," the other replied, loudly and with a hint of disgust.I cringed. Not because of what she had said (who among us has not had...
Chills and Thrills
I'm not a great fan of the song, but right now I'm absolutely with Dean Martin when he croons "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow". Any time in the next week or two would do nicely. Just one day off for snow, that's all I want.Don't get me wrong:...
Don't Let Statistics Do All the Talking, Says Exam Board
Cambridge Assessment defends role of examiners in new GCSEs One of the country's biggest exam boards has cast major doubts on Ofqual's plans for setting standards in reformed GCSEs, which could significantly downgrade the role of examiners...
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 Although the #halfterm hashtag tends to highlight the contrasting fates of relaxed teachers...
'Educators Have an Other-Worldly Responsibility'
Save pupils from data overload, says private school spokesman Schools must be "privileged places" that give students time and space away from being "bombarded with data" and technology, according to the country's biggest independent schools'...
Forget the Numbers - Let Me Tell You a Story
Statistics are all very well, but they don't have the answer when it comes to people's lives, writes spoken-word artist George the Poet It's hard to assess anything without context, much less an entire system of learning. Context is the story...
Give Your Class the Third Degree on Fractions
We have a skill we would like our students to practise. Option 1 is to set a back-breaking set of exercises. Option 2 is to set an extended slow-burn exercise, generated by the student, which works towards a "mini theorem". The idea here is to pull off...
I Dreamed a Dream the Inspectors Stopped By
One moment you're drifting off to sleep, the next you're in front of an expectant class. Only you're not prepared and the students are all rabid wolves - oh, and where have your trousers got to? Loic Menzies asks what our night-time imaginings...
Let Us Be Judged by a Jury of Our Peers
Inspection inspires fear rather than collaboration. But it doesn't have to be that way, as a successful peer-review scheme shows School inspection is never going to be universally popular, whatever form it takes, but the current approach does...
Miss Doughty by Paul O'Grady
After a brutal primary education, the young Paul arrived at secondary school with little confidence in his own abilities. But a theatrical English teacher showed him he wasn't so lacking after all I went to a private primary school run by...
News at a Glance
European universities invited to join UcasSixth-formers will soon be able to apply to study degrees in countries throughout Europe via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas). Currently, students must contact overseas institutions directly,...
Pupils Are the Victims in This Battle of Wills
Two years ago, the school I teach in got a new headteacher. It was her first post and she was keen to make her mark. Within six months, half the middle leadership team had either resigned or been told to find employment elsewhere. After 12 months, the...
Recruitment Probe Will Cast Judgement on Faith Schools
European Commission to ask if procedures breach equality rules Faith schools in Britain are to be investigated by the European Commission after complaints that they discriminate too widely on religious grounds when recruiting staff.Church...
Research Corner
' "Listen Then, or Rather, Answer": Contemporary Challenges to Socratic Education' by Fullam, JEducational Theory, 65/1: 53-71, February 2015 (Wiley) bit.ly/QuestioningSocratesIts namesake may have died more than 2,000 years ago, but the Socratic method...
Resources of the Week
Three subject teachers recommend a high-quality resource, available on the TES website, that they have tried and tested in their own classrooms MathsDifferentiated maths challengesWhat is it? Each of these 10 sets of mathematical challenges...
Schools Neglect Their Most Able, Campaigners Claim
Provision for gifted and talented pupils is branded a 'postcode lottery' Gifted pupils are facing a "postcode lottery" in getting support from schools to fulfil their potential, according to campaigners working to improve provision for the...
SFA Boss: Everyone Should Be a Winner
Peter Lauener vows to create 'simple' national funding formula The head of the Skills Funding Agency has pledged to overhaul FE's funding system after admitting it is too complicated and leads to a "postcode lottery" of resources.Peter Lauener,...
TES Letters
'Entitled' pupils have the right to a fair hearingAs outgoing children's commissioner for England, I was interested to read the take on rights and a supposed burgeoning "culture of entitlement" in schools (Feature, 13 February).Institutions across the...
The Educational Benefits of Sticking Your Nose In
"Philosophy," A C Grayling once said, "gives you a licence to stick your nose into everything."It's a belief that the renowned philosopher and humanist adheres to religiously. When he was unhappy that the humanities were under threat in our state-funded...
The Headline in Here
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This Week, Next Week
14-20 February 2015SaturdayIn the naughty cornerA Pennsylvania school district admitted that five middle-school pupils had been mistakenly given word searches based on Fifty Shades of Grey. The puzzles included references to spanking and bondage.SundaySweeping...
Tom Starkey's World of Ed Tech
When it comes to issues arising from the adoption of new technology, I'll defend teachers to the hilt against accusations of heel-dragging, naysaying and doom-mongering (accusations that, strangely, are often levelled by companies that want to sell schools...
Try a Little Tenderness
"It must be lovely teaching primary school children. They're so sweet at that age," Marie says. My wife pats me on the back to stop me choking on my bruschetta al salmone. Marie is the wife of my old mate Chopper Woods. We played football for the same...
Use Student Oracles to Gain Delphic Wisdom
Pupil voice is a widely praised approach but endless surveys can be a waste of time - try focus groups for a sharper picture Focus groups are a deceptively powerful tool. They test our films and literature, guide what we eat and use, define...
We Must Not Let the Skills Boom Go Bust
Apprenticeships are riding high, but this is no time to be complacent. Let's focus on building a secure and stable future The future of apprenticeships is back at the top of the skills agenda. Apprenticeships are frequently in the news, whether...
'We're Offering a New Beginning to Teachers'
Ed Miliband tells TES that Labour would end 'war' on profession Ed Miliband has promised a "new beginning" for teachers and pledged to end what he called the government's "war" on the profession should his party win May's general election.In...
What a Feeling! Welding Tutor Gets Flash of US Fame
But singer is back to work after 'surreal' brush with celebrity It's not uncommon for college lecturers to have a part-time job to supplement their income. But few lead as remarkable a double life as Des McCabe.At Forth Valley College in Scotland,...
What's Hot?
Get sparks flying in your classroom with a detailed guide to using Adobe Fireworks, a lesson on defending castles, a comic book revision pack on sports performance, and a scheme of work on superbugs, all available on the TES website 1 Selfie...
When Food Is the Sauce of Learning
Give pupils a taste of language analysis with a generous helping of 'spag bol' words Complex language analysis is a difficult sell for a class of restless students. But food? Now that's an easier product to shift: teenagers have hugely disparate...
When Power Struggles
"Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown," says Henry IV in Shakespeare's play. Leaders don't have it easy; perhaps their heads are heavy because they so frequently get it in the neck. Alas, I come to bury Caesar, so get your ruffs on.This week's sermon...
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