Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5141, 2015

A Day in the Life Of
This English and history teacher works at an inner-city school in Brisbane, which provides a welcoming atmosphere for a diverse range of students - and a colony of fruit bats I work at Everton Park State High School in Brisbane, Australia....
Am I Really Ready for University?
As this sixth-former looks into her future, she asks if school has prepared her as well as it could University has long been prescribed as the next step for the majority of 18-year-olds. Yet, as a sixth-former on the brink of eternally parting...
Are Posters a Strategy Worth Sticking To?
Motivational quotes and messages litter classroom walls across the land, but research suggests they may do more harm than good Some see them as inspirational, others motivational. The odd teacher even believes them to be essential. Carl Hendrick,...
Are Your PSHE Lessons Doing More Harm Than Good?
Guidance highlights risk of instructing pupils in self-harm Teachers should be careful to avoid delivering lessons on anorexia and self-harm that act as little more than a set of how-to instructions for vulnerable young people, new guidance...
Changing Places
Selma, a small town in the middle of the US state of Alabama, has been big news lately. First there was the eponymous film dramatising the struggles of Martin Luther King and his civil rights movement to get black voters registered in the town. This...
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 Governors play an important role in the leadership of schools. To find out what that role is,...
How Cost-Cutting Is Laying Foundations for Troubled Future
Half of architects say school projects aren't fit for purpose Major concerns have been raised about the quality of new schools being built, with nearly half the architects questioned on the subject stating that their last project was not fit...
'Institutional Racism' Holds Back BME Teachers
Academy boss says the public would be 'appalled' by statistics Black and ethnic minority (BME) teachers are being held back by "institutional racism" in the education system, the chief executive of an academy trust has warned.David Hermitt...
Job-Sharing - but Not as You Know It
Schools look at joint recruitment to overcome staff shortages Schools are considering pooling their recruitment efforts and sharing teachers across different sites in an attempt to cope with staff shortages in key subjects.The move could mean...
Make a Splash with Streamlined Learning
Focusing on the core skills of literacy and numeracy doesn't have to mean a narrow curriculum - and the inspectors agree "But you only teach numeracy and literacy at your school." I first heard this when my school, situated in a very deprived...
Mrs Barnard and Mr Regler by Beverley Knight
The singer-songwriter owes her career to the teachers who made her believe her dream could become a reality I was blessed to have a collection of great teachers, but two had a lasting impact on me: Danita Barnard and John Regler. My career...
My Year of Inclusion
Nancy Gedge, a teacher who also happens to be the mother of a child with Down's syndrome, was candid in TES about her experiences of inclusion and why she felt a special school was a better option for her son ("The inclusion illusion", Feature, 13 March).The...
News at a Glance
AoC attacks 'expensive, failed' employer projectA government scheme to give employers control of skills funding has been attacked as an "expensive, failed project" by the Association of Colleges. An evaluation of the first round of 36 projects under...
'Not Everything under the Sun Is about Coding'
Vital topics are being squeezed out of computing, experts warn Putting coding on the curriculum was hailed as a revolutionary move that made England a world leader, but experts claim it has been at the expense of other vital computing skills.When...
Rebel Yell Bursts in on Royal College's Chorus of Support
NASUWT votes against plans with 'no benefit for profession' The planned new College of Teaching has failed to win the backing of school staff and would bring "no demonstrable benefit for the profession", teachers warned this week.In the most...
Research Corner
'Individual Differences in the Effect of Orthographic/Phonological Conflict on Rhyme and Spelling Decisions' by Welcome, S E, and Alton, A CPlos One, March 2015bit.ly/SpellingRhymeA typical reader is able to make connections between phonology (how a...
Secret Cheaters
Brian used to cheat in exams.He was my friend at secondary school and his parents placed him under enormous pressure to do well. He was able but not especially so, and he dreaded performing badly. So he took a calculated risk.Brian prepared crib cards...
Seven Habits of Highly Protective Heads
If school leaders want to inspire their staff to follow them to the gates of hell, this is the way to do it, says a classroom teacher The modern-day headteacher is a species of infinite variety, from the good to the bad and even the borderline...
Supply and Demand
You know who deserves a medal? Supply teachers. They're one of the most marginalised groups in the school ecosystem, forever wandering around schools waving their wee bells and calling out "Unsure! Unsure!" so everyone knows they're not real teachers...
Tales from New Teachers
a perfect storm The problemThere's one on every teacher training course and in every staffroom: Little Miss Perfect (LMP), or her male counterpart Mr Know-It-All. No matter how much research you've undertaken, how much experience you've got...
Teacher Training like This Deserves a Red Card
As a trainee teacher, my first impression of my PGCE course was that it was hastily thrown together. The lessons were underprepared and teachers were under-resourced. It had an air of unprofessionalism, and things did not improve.We spent the first three...
TES Letters
Work-life balance? It exists a world away"The world sees our strength. Why can't we?" (Editorial, 27 March) brought my daughter to mind. She was teaching in what could be perceived as an idyllic, rural primary - and yet she was on the point of leaving...
Testing Times May Lie Ahead for GCSE Pupils
Ofqual wants to make extra assessment mandatory for thousands Hundreds of schools will be forced to put pupils through controversial new tests in the run-up to their GCSEs under plans drawn up by the exams regulator, TES can reveal.Ofqual...
The Price of a New Building - and the Value of It
Our surroundings can be a matter of great importance. Oscar Wilde's last utterance from his deathbed was said to be "Either that wallpaper goes or I do" - the wallpaper won out.But former education secretary Michael Gove didn't share Wilde's aesthetic...
The Research Delusion
The drive to make teaching a research-led profession is well-intentioned. The trouble is, writes Dylan Wiliam, it's simply not possible. If we want a better education system, we must empower the workforce The idea that teaching should be a...
There's No Shame in Stealing Good Ideas
Countries such as India have brilliant educational approaches. We must take a leaf out of their book to unlock our skills potential I recently spent a couple of weeks travelling around India and the Middle East. Two impressions stood out:...
This Week, Next Week
4-10 April 2015SaturdayGood for the gooseDuck feather, goose down - no rules applied on International Pillow Fight Day. Across the globe, people picked up a pillow and (lovingly) bashed their neighbours. Thank goodness it wasn't a school day.SundayFrench...
Train Your Sights on Discipline
Drill pupils in simple techniques to keep classes on track When the headteacher arrived in my chaotic classroom, I found myself in a situation similar to the Sorcerer's Apprentice scene in Fantasia. I stood like Mickey Mouse in the midst of...
Want to Develop Analysis Skills? Try 'Stealing'
I don't usually teach my students to steal, but that's exactly what I'm going to do today. Sort of."Steal" is an acronym I use to develop character-analysis skills with my 4th-grade students (aged 9-10). It looks like this:SpeakingWhat does the character...
'We #loveFE': Sector Unites in Cuts Protest
Petition started by UCU attracts more than 31,000 signatures In an unprecedented show of solidarity, the further education sector in England has come together in an attempt to save adult education from government funding cuts.More than 31,000...
What If I Need to Vomit While I'm Teaching?
Being a teacher is tough, but being a pregnant teacher is tougher, especially when you accidentally let it slip to your students I am still getting used to a fairly enormous life change taking place in my otherwise very stable existence. I...
Why a Flagship Policy Is Sailing into Choppy Waters
Awards honour pupil premium successes, but future is doubtful Nick Clegg has described the pupil premium as the "most important lever" that the government has to improve social mobility, and says its introduction was one of the proudest moments...
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