Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5226, 2016

2016's Best Books for Children
...as chosen by children. This year, TES began a series of weekly pupil-written reviews of books - as well as some teachers' feedback for good measure. Adi Bloom picks out the 10 that most impressed the classroom critics At the time that Emma...
A Day in the Life Of.Paul Bold
This teacher and boarding houseparent acts as a father figure to 30 pupils - helping to create a 'home from home' for an internationally diverse school community Life as a teacher and boarding houseparent is intense, and during term time you're...
'Age-Appropriate Teaching Has No Scientific Basis'
ED Hirsch Jr, Nick Gibb's favourite academic and the man credited as the inspiration for the national curriculum, argues that we are failing students by choosing received doctrine over proven research I was writing my new book, Why Knowledge...
All Quantity, No Quality
There's a lot of talk about achieving the 3 million target for apprenticeship starts without compromising on standards - but very little action to ensure this is the case It's become something of a cliché. Alongside its push to create 3 million...
Analyse Pisa and Timss to Avoid Loss of Valuable Data
Publicly funded research could prevent information being neglected or misinterpreted, academic argues Experts have called for publicly funded and independent analysis of major international comparative education studies, to ensure that they...
'Charity or Not, Our School Values Remain the Same'
Independent schools wrestling with the prospect of having to form partnerships with maintained schools are debating the pros and cons of retaining charitable status The recent education Green Paper signals a renewal of the link between independent...
Exodus from Mainstream Marks a Wane in Inclusion
The proportion of pupils with SEND in special schools is at its highest rate since 2007, new statistics show Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are increasingly moving their children out of mainstream...
Faced with a Mountain, FE Students May Fear the Climb
But learners can reach the summit if they're equipped with the personal skills to handle a daunting ascent Navigating life's obstacles can often seem like climbing a huge mountain: the higher we go, the more difficult the ascent becomes. The...
Grammar Schools Plan Is 'Unlawful', Claims NUT
Union threatens legal challenge as parents halt one school's proposal to convert Ministers' grammar school plans have been dealt two blows, with lawyers arguing that a key plank of the scheme is "not lawful" and lack of parental support scuppering...
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Here's Some Feedback: Marking Isn't Essential
I've long been a believer that the best use of time any teacher can make - outside of actually teaching in the classroom - is in the planning of lessons. I'm not talking about the laborious process of committing thoughts to paper, and outlining three...
How Business High-Flyers Are Being Tempted into Teaching
New Teach aims to cut school recruitment problems by offering professionals a route into training as teachers "There are so many people in their fifties who are either redundant or fed up with what they're doing. Why isn't there an organisation...
How Do I Build Bridges with Parents Who Won't Engage?
With enthusiastic parents, developing relationships can be easy. But what about the invisible parent, who shoots off as soon as they've picked up their child?Start with the basic knowledge that the pupil in front of you is their child. They are the expert....
I'll Know Our Job Is Done When Pisa Is Superfluous, Says 'World's Schoolmaster'
Ahead of the influential global education league tables being released on Tuesday, Helen Ward speaks to Andreas Schleicher, the man behind the study In an anonymous glass-fronted office in a Parisian suburb, the finishing touches are being...
'I'm Very Maverick, So I Don't Have a Timetable'
Meet the FE course director who is feared and respected by the advertising industry It has no formal entry criteria, no timetable, no written curriculum and no accreditation. But the Watford Advertising Course, based at West Herts College,...
In School Sports, It's Class Divide One, Equality Nil
State schools are facing financial ruin - and the effects are being felt particularly hard in the sporting area When comprehensive schools occasionally travel to play against a celebrated private school there is usually some extra baggage...
Is the Model of the 'Perfect Head' Too Good to Be True?
Academics who claim they identified the 'only effective type of leader' come under fire from fellow researchers Authors of high-profile research who claimed to have uncovered the most effective type of head have pledged to release "further...
Labels Are Not a Cure
There is no miracle cure for SEND - we need to tackle the underlying social barriers that lie in the way of students' success I've been spending some time lately attempting to explain the social model of disability to colleagues. It's not...
Maths and Science Teachers among World's Unhappiest
The latest Timss places England second to last in a global job satisfaction survey...but it's worse in Japan Maths and science teachers in England are among the least happy with their jobs in the world, according to new international data.England...
Our Moral Purpose Is Often Selfish, Not Selfless
A multitude of sins hides behind the phrase 'moral purpose', and it's time the education sector looked at its motivations more closely Teaching is suffused with religiosity. There may be no incense in the air but there is often a distinct...
Policy of Nostalgia That Threatens Proud Legacy
What would the MP who fought a hard-won battle to introduce comprenhensive education in the 1960s make of Theresa May's plans to expand grammar schools? In 1945, Leeds elected its first female MP: the joint first in Yorkshire. Alice Bacon,...
Pupils in Selective Areas 'Get Worse Grades'
SchoolDash data shows that the effects of a grammar can be felt by schools as far as six miles away Grammar schools have a "detrimental" impact on academic standards among all children in their local area, new research using the latest government...
Spare a Few Pennies for Our Schools, Guv'nor?
Jonathan Simons writes weekly about policy and education IN MY house hangs a copy of an Evening Standard headline from Budget 2006, when I was working in the Treasury (this was in the long-ago days when commuters got their Budget news from...
Taking a Hard Line on Soft Skills
A certain 'do as I say, not as I do' attitude is evident among leading figures in FE when it comes to work-readiness Given the extent to which the great and the good of the FE sector bang on about the importance of soft skills to ensure young...
Technical Education at Risk of 'Nationalisation'
Institute for Apprenticeships 'monopoly' will increase costs, awarding bodies say Awarding bodies say they are "enormously concerned" about government plans to force them to relinquish copyright for their post-16 technical qualifications -...
TES Talks To.Uta Frith
The world-renowned researcher tells Helen Amass that the mainstream school system is simply not set up for children with autism to thrive Uta Frith sighs heavily. She is talking about the decades-long debate over whether children with autism...
The Best Species to Witness in the Wild
Most teachers don't have time to onserve their colleagues in the classroom - which is a shame, because it's magic to watch I'm glad I'm not an iguana. Several weeks ago, I saw a group of hatchlings emerge blinking into the Galápagos sun only...
Throw the Book at Yourself
We tell students to read more, but how much reading do you do yourself? Assistant head Aidan Severs urges book-shy teachers to set an example by making an effort to read both children's and adult literature Once upon a time, there lived a...
Valuing Values Again
The election of Donald Trump is a reminder not to take British values for granted - and that doesn't mean getting learners to draw Union Jack posters After the shock of Brexit, one might assume we'd have a higher tolerance for weathering a...
We Need More Choice for Learners, Not Less
Qualifications need to be broad in scope and offer deep understanding, but sadly we seem to be moving in the opposite direction by removing choice In politics, things can change very quickly. In the world of skills and technical education,...
We Need to Spread Great Teaching Far and Wide
Investing in school improvement capacity should be a key priority for multi-academy trusts, writes the national schools commissioner Improving education for those children who are not yet in "good" schools will take longer if we don't find...
Who Gets Your Vote? Meet ASCL's Leadership Contenders
TES grills the two candidates for the Association of School and College Leaders' top job Next month, voting will take place in a keenly fought election that will decide who will be the next leader of the Association of School and College Leaders...
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