Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5021, November 30

Academy Switch Rates Reveal Primary Concern: News
Schools prove reluctant to break ties with local authorities.Ministers enjoy enumerating the schools that have taken up their offer to become academies. Since the coalition came to power there has been a near tenfold increase in the number of academies...
A Daily Dose of Anxiety for School Support Staff: News
Workers with little training left to tend to pupils' health needs.Almost one in five school support staff feel forced to administer medicine to pupils and care for their health despite receiving little or no training, according to research by the Royal...
A Goo ... Goo ... Good Way to Instil Empathy in Pupils: News
Visiting babies help children to understand the feelings of others.Most babies spend their time lying around, waiting until they are old enough to do something more interesting. But in dozens of classrooms across South London they have a more important...
A Head for Business?: Feature
How would school leaders measure up in the private sector? We put three of them through their paces with international headhunting firm Harvey Nash. The results were incredible. Kerra Maddern reports. Photography by Julian Anderson."Those who can't,...
A Resources Special: Why Take Risks? - Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: Resources
Youthful pastimes are rarely without risk, argues A. W. Purdue, and keeping children from adventure may do more harm than good.There is a growing consensus that children need to take risks. But a modern obsession with protecting the young from danger...
Be 'Friendly Option' for Primaries, Colleges Urged: Fe News
Academy sponsorship could bring in up to Pounds 355,000.Colleges are being offered hundreds of thousands of pounds to sponsor 400 failing primary schools that will be forced to convert to academy status over the next year.In contrast to the hostility...
By the Numbers - Sport Post-Olympics: News
Schools have not harnessed the nation's Olympic spirit to offer more sporting opportunities to pupils, according to a poll of parents.The survey of more than 1,000 parents, commissioned by the Chance to Shine campaign for school cricket, found that children...
Don't Blame Us, Ofqual: Comment
Our friends at Ofqual say it was the pressure - the unbearable, inconceivable pressure on English teachers - wot done it. The weight of getting our pupils that all-important C grade, says the exams regulator, turned us into rabid monsters, finding every...
Educational Idealism Has Gone Topsy-Turvy: Comment
The reversal of traditional Labour and Conservative principles will lead nowhere good, argues teacher Tom Finn-Kelcey.Some years ago, Tony Blair famously said that he thought "ideology was dead" in British politics. If you want evidence to support this...
Employers Should Lead New Apprenticeship System, Review Finds: Fe News
Firms could control funding, design and assessment of training.Employers should be put in charge of almost all aspects of apprenticeships through a new system of funding, qualification design and assessment, the Richard review has recommended to the...
English - Explosive Arguments: Resources
Pupil must perform to win a debate about nuclear weapons.O Fortuna plays as the judges enter - you could be forgiven for thinking that this is an episode of The X Factor. But it is the Bomb Factor lesson from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's Peace...
FErret: Fe News
Softening the blow with a pretty pictureJust as they feared, Sir Michael Wilshaw made his complaints about colleges the main story in his first annual report. "Ofsted has identified major concerns with the quality of provision in the post-16 learning...
From the Archive - 09.05.1980: News
Packed lunches: chaotic and costlyChildren who bring their own packed lunches to school cost the nation millions of pounds, advocates of school meals say.Huge sums are being spent on staff to supervise and clear up after the packed-lunch pupils, who...
From the Editor - Who You Gonna Call? School Leaders: Opinion
This country, as we know, is blessed with many excellent school leaders. But how would they cope in the corporate world? If they can weather Ofsted, could they handle an Alan Sugar?To test the thesis, TES asked a firm of city headhunters to assess three...
Geography - She Says Sea Sense on the Sea Shore: Resources
An educational game from the RNLI encourages beach safety.The scene is set: it is a beautiful day, the seas are calm and three children are spending a day on the beach with their parents. There may even be an ice cream on the way home, if they are good.Pupils...
Hundreds of Schools Opt for Double Exam Entry to Boost Results: News
Putting pupils through English GCSEs and IGCSEs labelled 'cynical'.Hundreds of state secondary schools are entering pupils for two English qualifications at the same time in a bid to secure good grades and boost their standings in league tables, TES...
I Can Tell You Terrible Stories: Feature
A pioneer of Holocaust education in Germany and the UK, Margot Barnard (pictured) escaped from the Nazis in 1936. She talks to Adi Bloom about working in schools against anti-Semitism for more than half a century.In 1936, when Margot Barnard was 16,...
Lack of Evidence Puts the Brakes on SEN Reforms: News
Minister admits pilot work on the changes is still 'embryonic'.The biggest shake-up of the special educational needs (SEN) system for 30 years is being hampered by a lack of evidence about the costs and impact of key reforms, it has emerged.Pilot schemes...
Maths - Let's See How You like It: Resources
Send parents back to school to teach them a lesson."Mr Tennant, Jonny still can't do long division. Should I be worried?" Parents' evening was stretching inevitably into its second hour and I was faced by an odd dichotomy. The concerned parent was focused...
MFL - to Err Is Divine: Resources
Language mistakes can be funny - and a useful teaching tool."Could I have a large slice of cat, please?"Mistakes are comedy gold. Most children make corrections in a rush. Take time over them, though, and you can have a laugh while learning a lot about...
Music - Musical Chairs: Resources
Strike a different note by rearranging the furniture."Aw, what?!" is a cry I have often heard from my students, accompanied by exasperated looks, eye-rolling and moody stomping across the music room floor. What is the cause of such displeasure? Not homework....
News at a Glance: Fe News
Only 4% on Work Programme secure lasting jobsAdult education body Niace has called for greater education and training as part of the Work Programme after new figures showed that less than 4 per cent of its clients gained sustainable jobs. The Treasury...
News at a Glance: News
Win the wonders of the universe for your classSchools are being given the opportunity to play host to TV science presenter Professor Brian Cox as he gives a special one-off lesson to one of their classes. TES has teamed up with the Big Bang UK Young...
Obituary - Jenny Harris 1944-2012: News
Jenny Harris was passionate, opinionated and often infuriating. But to meet her was to be inspired by her, colleagues said: in her 17 years as director of education at the National Theatre, she transformed the way people viewed arts education.Jennifer...
Play Up, Primaries. or Not: Comment
You hear a lot about school playing fields at the moment. If politicians aren't trying to level them they're quietly selling them off. But with all the talk of sporting spaces there has been little mention of those who teach sport.They say that sporting...
RE Paints 'Cartoonish' Picture of Christianity: News
Academic says his report shows teachers gloss over big questions.Teachers offer pupils a "naive and cartoonish" image of Christians as worthy do-gooders while failing to tackle the faith's deeper theological roots and other issues, such as women bishops...
Review - Great Expectations Is in Cinemas from Today: News
Be still, my beating heart. Oh, it isIt is hard to imagine that anyone who went to school at any point during key stage 3 might not know the plot of Great Expectations. Orphan Pip helps an escaped convict whom he encounters on the Kentish marshes. He...
Review - the Last Dance: Resources
Party film leaves a matter of life or death in students' hands.It's the morning after and it's not just a nasty hangover that Mark and his mates are dealing with. The teenagers have to face the reality that their friend Hannah is dead. This stark but...
Route to Job Satisfaction: Fe Comment
Earlier this month, City & Guilds relaunched its Career Happiness Index, a comprehensive survey of what people in the UK consider to be the most important factors that contribute to their happiness at work. The study showed that gardeners and florists...
Science - X Marks the Spot: Resources
Take pupils to the place where the Enigma code was cracked.If you have never taken pupils on an educational trip, the 2012 Turing centennial provides an opportunity and Bletchley Park a location. This was the centre of the Second World War code-breaking...
'Shine a Light' on FE, Says Ofsted after Grim Verdict: Fe Comment
Watchdog issues damning report but says sector is 'neglected'.The government needs to "shine a light" on the "neglected" FE sector, according to Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, who this week delivered a damning verdict on the performance...
Teachers Escape Ofsted's Glare as It Takes Aim at LAs: News
Schools are improving but 'inequity is stark', Wilshaw's report says.Given the potshots that are traditionally taken at schools in Ofsted's annual reports, teachers could have been forgiven for approaching the first one published under the stewardship...
The Old Days Were Good: Columnists
At the recent TES-backed London Festival of Education, I sat in a packed auditorium to hear Sir Michael Wilshaw talk about the revised Ofsted inspection agenda. He seemed a fair-minded and committed person who felt his views were often misinterpreted...
The View from Here - Germany - Parents Who Refuse to Take No for an Answer: News
The parents are German nationals of Italian origin and they have a problem: their daughter has failed her Abitur, the high-school graduation certificate and entrance ticket to university. She was on course for a scholarship, but no certificate means...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK 24-30 NOVEMBER 2012SATURDAYBOTHER IN ROTHERHAMMichael Gove described Rotherham council's decision to remove three children from foster parents because they support Ukip as "indefensible". The couple said social workers told them they supported...
Welsh LAs Could Be Stripped of School Powers: News
They have failed to 'get their house in order', says minister.When Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews announced last week that local authorities could be stripped of their role in providing education, assembly members were visibly taken aback....
What Do We Want? No Direct Action!: Comment
When do we want it? Not right now, says former union rep Anna Trethewey.Bedlam has been unleashed in our schools this term, as all over the country teachers taking "action short of strike action" have refused to attend unscheduled meetings, take part...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - the Loudest Shouts Muffle Silent Pain: Opinion
"Personal problems" are keeping me awake at night. Not my own. I haven't time for problems of my own, personal or otherwise. I am far too busy marking, setting targets and planning outstanding lessons. No, what I think about in the early hours are my...
You Can Keep Your EBC: Wales Stands by GCSE: News
Review paves way for Welsh and English exam systems to diverge.The qualifications systems in England and Wales are set to dramatically diverge after a major review recommended that Wales retain GCSEs and A levels and ignore developments over the border,...
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