Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5105, 2014

A Day in the Life Of
With bright summers and pitch-black winters, Helsinki is a place of extremes. But whatever the season, this 5th grade teacher greets his students warmly and ends the day with a spring in his step When I wake in the morning I'm not always sure...
A Passionate Agenda
"We all have a talent - it is just a matter of finding yours" was a popular mantra among my teachers. Certainly, some pupils excelled (effortlessly, it seemed) at maths, English and sports. I was mostly in the top quartile, but getting into the top 10...
At the Border of Better Learning
Survey reveals poor grasp of opportunities outside the UK Learners in the UK are among the least likely in Europe to value studying abroad and to be aware of various European skills initiatives, according to a new survey.In recent years, the...
Be a Safe Haven at the End of a Long Journey
Children arriving from troubled countries may feel overwhelmed and lost, but schools can play a vital role in helping them to settle Some arrive as refugees of war. Others migrate as a result of social or political persecution. A few will...
Coming Up Short
Danielle rests her arm on my shoulder while her friend Kara takes a photograph of us. It's Camera Day and I've been asked to pose with a number of our Year 6 school-leavers. I'd like to think it's because I'm naturally photogenic but actually it's because...
Dubious Scientific Claims Go under the Microscope
Initiative aims to help pupils dispute online misinformation HIV is a genetic disorder, honey can prevent heart disease, anti-dandruff shampoos can cause gruesome skin injuries: the number of false scientific claims made on the internet is...
Girls Left Behind in the March of Private Education
Low-fee schools compound existing inequality, report says The fight to ensure that girls in the developing world have access to education is being hampered by increasing privatisation of schools, a damning new report claims.Low-fee private...
Give Me a G-O, Gooooo Principals!
Cheerleading cited as leadership experience by US school heads For American principals, everything from Brownie membership to high-school cheerleading is clear evidence of leadership ability. Asked to provide similar evidence, meanwhile, British...
How to Tackle the New MFL Curriculum
In September, England's curriculum is changing for key stages 1, 2 and 3. Here teachers reveal how they are approaching languages PrimaryThe brevity of the new programme of study for KS2 can be rather disconcerting if you are familiar with...
Inside Stories
When I was in high school, T S Eliot's The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock was expected reading not only for its importance to literary history but because, as my teacher said, "It presents the opposite of what we would wish for our own lives."Prufrock...
Keep on Giving to the Gifted and Talented
Differentiation is for everyone - including those at the top of the ability range. Follow these tips to get the most out of high-fliers If education is the pursuit of excellence for all children then, at first glance, labelling a select few...
Mr Nagle by Laura Trott
Beginning a cycling career before she left school wasn't easy for the double Olympic gold medallist, but a supportive PE teacher helped her through the highs and the lows I liked all my teachers at Turnford School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire....
News at a Glance
'Like poor Manuel, I know nothing,' new FE minister saysEngland's new skills minister admitted he knew "nothing" about FE and skills in his first day on the job. In a Westminster Hall debate, Nick Boles MP - who took over the role last week from Matthew...
So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu
Primary teachers are a significant force in their pupils' lives - but then the summer term comes and it's time to say goodbye I've never been great with goodbyes. Whether I am bidding farewell to a friend heading for a far-flung destination,...
'Starved into Academy Camp' but Denied Entry
Cash-strapped sixth-form colleges seek legal advice on conversion The academies policy has been arguably the most significant educational reform of recent years, with more than 4,000 schools enticed to make the switch by the promise of increased...
TES Letters
Why new faces should be all earsOur profession hopes, perhaps naively, that the new education secretary Nicky Morgan is going to untie the Govian knot ("It's all change at the top. Time for a fresh start?", 18 July). There are several difficulties here....
This Week, Next Week
19-25 July 2014SaturdayGet set...escargot!With a shout of "ready, steady, slow", the World Snail Racing Championships kicked off in Norfolk. The race was won by Wells the snail, to the delight of his trainer, five-year-old Zeben Butler-Alldred.SundayAll...
Try the Ramsay Recipe for a Successful School
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's tough-love approach to failing restaurants has all the right ingredients for school improvement Gordon Ramsay is all over my school. The fingerprints of the craggy celebrity chef with a fondness for expletives...
What's Hot?
From the basic building blocks of early language acquisition to the complex essence of genius, the full gamut of learning and wisdom is neatly encompassed in this week's selection of the finest resources available on TES Connect 1 Phonics...
Where the Walls Are Closing in on Playtime
Primaries sacrifice outdoor space to alleviate school places crisis Tens of thousands of primary children in England are being deprived of space to play because the school places crisis has forced councils to build on playgrounds and playing...
Who's Your Top Fictional Teacher?
Whether maverick or maternal, tyrant or soft touch, these characters are a mainstay of popular culture, writes Sarah Cunnane. But how does their portrayal reflect on the profession? We asked you to vote for your favourites Before you start...
Why I Quit My Job. and Then Changed My Mind
A career in adult education was a dream that quickly turned into a nightmare, but this teacher has decided to stick it out - for now I was six months into being a newly qualified teacher when I decided to resign. It was my first teaching job;...
Why Teaching Needs Magic and Mavericks
I'm not a movie buff. I don't have the patience for long, serious films - nor the intellect, perhaps. I don't really understand why the Three Colours trilogy is so great or why Adam Sandler hasn't won a string of Oscars.Frankly, you can give me Bruce...
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