Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5227, 2016

A Day in the Life Of.Yiyi Khaing
This teacher loves living and working in the small village of West Thiri in Myanmar, where children experience an unpressured existence supported by strong family ties The sun rises before 6am on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Our village,...
'A Plea to FE Providers: We Need You to Do More'
One school leader challenges colleges to reach out to students from deprived areas The students sitting in front of me are telling me about the college they have decided to go to. I'm thrilled that they seem to have taken the choice seriously...
A Studied Lesson in Recovery
The use of lesson study as a model of classroom observation can help to rebuild staff confidence, trust and autonomy during challenging times, says Julie Smith In just 14 months, our school went from being judged "good", to special measures,...
A Tale of Two Very Different Social Media Platforms
Twitter and Facebook can both be useful for teachers - but make sure you are aware of how to make the most out of each of them I've been asked a few times to give some insight into how teachers use social media to engage with the teaching...
Cooking Up the Perfect Recipe for Esol Classes
Baking sessions offer women a supportive and relaxed environment to learn English Tensions around migration may have been heightened by the inflammatory discourse surrounding the EU referendum and the US presidential election, but there is...
Educational Archaeology Can Lead to Future Success
Global education rankings can tell us about how school systems are performing now, but looking back can give us a clue to how they might evolve over the years to come The TIMSS results last week provided a shock, resembling that of the first...
Growth in Homeschooled Numbers Risks Child Safety
The number of children educated at home or in unregistered alternative provision poses a huge challenge for safeguarding, Sir Mike Tomlinson warns Hundreds more children are being homeschooled in Birmingham than was the case two years ago,...
Hell Hath No Fury like a Mum in a Faux Fur Hood
As a teacher-parent consultation, it was a nightmare - but for some people, fighting is the only way they know Bang! bang! It's cold outside but I'm not letting her in. She's early and I need to do my breathing exercises first. In through...
How Can I Support a Child with a Sensory Processing Disorder?
Sensory processing problems can be seen as symptoms of autism but they can be found elsewhere, such as with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).Children can have an oversensitivity (hypersensitivity)...
How Knowsley Became a Case Study in How Not to Tackle Underachievement
The North-South divide in school performance is back on the agenda, with outgoing Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw even suggesting it contributed to the vote for Brexit and calling for a minister for the North to remedy the situation....
It's Time We Got the Full Measure of Assessment
Education data is flawed, yes - but that doesn't mean that primary schools should do away with assessment altogether On Wednesday, the education select committee is due to hear oral evidence on primary assessment. It launched its inquiry earlier...
Ministers Bury Their Heads in the Sand on Recruitment
Unless teachers' working conditions improve, staff will continue to leave in droves - and people will be deterred from joining the professions The teacher recruitment "challenge" (according to schools minister Nick Gibb) or "crisis" (according...
Miss Kilgour and Miss Lions by Darcey Bussell
A teacher who taught her to overcome dyslexia, and one who backed her potential, helped to keep the Strictly Come Dancing judge on her toes I was 13 when I arrived at White Lodge, where dancers from the Royal Ballet School in London board...
'No Powers' to Deal with Repeat of Trojan Horse
Tsar appointed to deal with scandal's aftermath warns of the effects of academisation The schools tsar ministers appointed after the "Trojan Horse" scandal is warning that academisation means the government lacks powers to deal with a repeat...
Rush to Recruit Puts Quality of Apprenticeships at Risk
If the programme is to be successful, apprenticeships need to be pitched at the right level, in the right sectors and aimed at the right age groups At Ofsted, we welcome the new apprenticeship standards. The move away from qualification frameworks...
Stop Ferreting for Information, Sir Michael
The outgoing Ofsted chief inspector sniffs around in an attempt to uncover FErret's true identity. Fear not, though, for FErret will remain safely locked away in his burrow As a loud and proud FE fanatic, FErret doesn't take kindly to outsiders...
Support Our Golden Generation
Team UK deserves credit for achieving a record medal haul at EuroSkills in the face of huge funding cuts. To prolong this success, the government must stump up the cash If you follow our @tesfenews Twitter account, you'll be well aware that...
Teach Computing? Ditch Computers
Henry Penfold reveals the strategies that primary teachers are increasingly using to take computing away from screens by connecting its core problem-solving principles with the real world If you want to confuse a room full of students, start...
Teachers, Tell Us What's Wrong with New Sats
The profession has a chance to speak up over how primary assessment should be done, as the Commons education committee runs the rule over the effects of reform Primary assessment is a topic that inevitably triggers alarm among teachers. Few...
Team UK Is on Top of the World - but for How Long?
Funding for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 'at tipping point' despite record EuroSkills success EuroSkills 2016 has been a competition to remember for Team UK, with its representatives returning from Gothenburg in Sweden with a record haul of medals.But...
TES Talks To.Pamela Meyer
The lie-spotting expert tells Jessica Powell how teachers can rumble students telling fibs and create a culture of truth in school A teacher who hasn't had to get to the bottom of a "he said/she said" saga is a rare find. Lie telling can be...
The Rise of a Third Way for England's School System
Local groups are being formed with a 'moral purpose' to help the struggling schools that MATs won't touch WITH the resources and influence of local authorities in decline, academy chains have emerged - with government backing - as the new...
The Three Ts of Success: Teachers, Teachers, Teachers
At a gathering in London on Tuesday morning, the results of the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings were revealed to an excitable audience of educationalists (without, I'm fairly sure, a single practicing school leader...
UK Leads the Way in Creating the Scientists of the Future
Pisa study reveals British pupils' enthusiasm for science - but also highlights teacher shortages The UK is one of just a handful of countries where teenagers do well at science, enjoy it and want to become scientists, international research...
Undermined, Underused and Misunderstood: Life in Schools for Sendcos
Misconceptions over the role, muddled policy and a lack of visibility on leadership teams for special educational needs and disabilities co-ordinators have led to the risk of our most vulnerable children being failed by mainstream schools, argues...
Unexpected Progress
RIP expected progress? Beware, writes our resident data doctor: there may be life in the concept yet... The department for Education's primary school accountability guidance states that the "[expected progress] measure has been replaced by...
Welcome to 'Loonyversity'
Encouraging more and more school-leavers to do degrees not only discredits the value of university but also funnels people into a costly career quagmire Last term, our engineering department was offered three apprenticeships at a prestigious...
We're Not Slaves to Pisa Any More - but It Matters
Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education I can still chant it rhythmically. I can probably repeat it in my sleep. Its repetitive elements give it a pleasing cadence, particularly...
Why Lesson Planning Is like a Marriage
Teachers make the mistake of lesson planning on their own - but it is better when done in partnership with students, argues Clare Jarmy Imagine the scene: an appointment at a marriage counsellor's practice is beginning."Where's your wife?"...
Young Guns Don't Go for It: Sharp Rise in Pension Opt-Outs
Numbers leaving scheme jump by a fifth in a year, as unions warn of 'bleak retirements' and 'pensions crisis' The number of teachers opting out of the profession's pension scheme has increased by a fifth in a year, figures seen by TES reveal.Experts...
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