Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5148, 2015

A Day in the Life Of
Goats in the classroom. Serenades by pupils. Off-road commutes on the back of a motorbike. This education adviser is amazed by life in Rwanda and is proud to be making a difference When I get up, the first thing I do is check the weather....
Am I Destined to Be on the Move for Ever?
In April, I found myself hunting for a job, yet again. Two years on from my probation year and, after a series of short-term contracts, I still have no job security.I feel like my career is idling. I want to contribute to a school, I want to see a year...
Bringing a Great Idea out of Retirement
To survive in an age of austerity, adult education would do well to take inspiration from the thriving University of the Third Age Michaela Moody is confident that new universities will be up and running in the East Midlands by September,...
Change Doesn't Come from Within
Twitter's luminaries have little to offer in this essay collection I would describe this book as a series of random essays from education's Twitterati - academic Tina Isaacs aside.The introduction to Changing Schools: perspectives on five...
Compulsory EBac Puts the Squeeze on Subject Choice
Creative GCSEs will take a further hit, headteachers warn Schools will face "substantial problems" as the government pushes ahead with plans for every student to take English Baccalaureate subjects at GCSE, headteachers fear.TES can also reveal...
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 Administrators have a fine line to walk in schools. Very often they aren't teachers, but they...
FE Staff Get a New 'Professional Home'
Society for Education and Training will build on legacy of the IfL A new professional membership body for people working in the further education and skills sector is being launched today.The Society for Education and Training (Set), run by...
Getting a Pass in Nutrition - but Still Passing the Crisps
Learning about food doesn't change bad habits, study finds Lessons in healthy eating teach children everything they need to know about good nutrition - but make barely any difference as to whether or not they put it into practice, according...
Hell's Bells
Poor old Quasimodo; that tragic hero, his days dictated by the haunting sound of bells. I know exactly how he felt, as do most people who work in schools.Our lives are measured by the ringing of those bloody bells. Maybe you don't have them. Perhaps...
'It Was Great Fun. You're Sitting in the Political Cockpit'
Graham Stuart recalls five years as education committee chair Back in 2010, Graham Stuart was busy persuading a formidable former Labour adversary to back his bid to become the next chair of the Commons Education Select Committee."I had spent...
Learning Life Lessons from Reading
Uniting students across social divides has myriad benefits, writes this sixth-former "We are all humans." This was the simple yet profound answer I was given by the Year 7 boy I read with every week when I asked him what made us the same....
Lesson Planner
Your weekly collection of inspirational lessons, imaginative resources and newly released books Primary musicToying with rhythmIn this lesson I introduce four rhythms to my five- and sixyear-old pupils, using toys to represent each one: a...
Mike Leigh Blasts 'Totally Illogical' Arts Provision
Oscar-nominated director says creativity should be a key focus Art should be compulsory for students up to the age of 16 in order to restore its place as a "core" subject and prevent it from being regarded as an "indulgence", according to...
Mr McKay by Peter Tatchell
A free-thinking headteacher put power in the hands of his pupils, aiding the political awakening of one budding activist Mount Waverley High School in Melbourne was the Australian equivalent of a comprehensive. It was a brand new school, and...
My Best Assembly
Clean up bullying with a tube of toothpaste All schools have occasional problems with playground unkindness and bouts of name-calling. This assembly, which was handed down to me by one of my mentors when I was a new teacher, deals effectively...
News at a Glance
Memory exercises linked to higher test resultsGiving pupils exercises to strengthen their memory and reasoning skills can have a significant effect on exam performance, research suggests. Academics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands split...
Ofqual Spells Trouble for Teachers, by Definition
Rigour, that weasel word so beloved of the last government, is biting back with a vengeance.The previous education secretary, Michael Gove, was very fond of it and demanded that GCSEs be reformed to make them more rigorous.This view was enthusiastically...
Research Corner
Each week, we highlight education research conducted by teachers. This week, Catherine Perkins, head of chemistry at Deyes High School in Liverpool, explains how she explored the way students were affected by working in groups of similar and mixed abilities.What?Catherine...
'Restore the Respect Teachers So Richly Deserve'
World leaders back profession as $1m prize opens for entries Respect for the teaching profession has been "eroded", which could lead to "profoundly damaging" effects on young people's life chances and a rise in extremism, a group of former...
Retail Therapy
It has taken a dairy-based disaster to get me into this department store. Some things look pretty in pink but not the inside of my rucksack, where the friendly bacteria in my strawberry yoghurt have done little to improve the health of 28 pieces of assessed...
Science Is Swept Up in GCSE Standards Row
Ofqual to run extra checks after discovery of maths paper problems Uncertainty over standards in new GCSEs in England has spread to another major area of the curriculum. Ofqual has revealed that it will now have to run extra checks on the...
Staying in One Place Needn't Slow You Down
Sticking with the same school isn't a barrier to career progression, as long as you take a proactive approach to gaining experience Teaching has always had its share of urban myths, but chief among them is that staying at one school is a hindrance...
Stop Playing around with Our Breaktimes
Reducing free time may mean fewer behaviour problems but it has many negative consequences - for staff as well as students Playtime used to be an unquestioned part of the day but not many schools still hold to the traditional timetable. Very...
TES Letters
Let's solve the problem of content, not examsDavid Harbourne's article is timely and persuasive ("Closing the skills gap will take some doing", Further, 15 May). However, his proposal for a new national baccalaureate to bring together academic, creative...
The Project That Revs Up Learning - with Labs on Bikes
Innovative Indian science scheme shortlisted for Wise prize In rural India, children have begun smearing Vaseline on tree leaves. Some coat only one side of the leaf; some coat both sides. Others choose not to put any Vaseline on their leaves...
This Week, Next Week
23-29 May 2015SaturdayPatriotic plonkEnglish Wine Week 2015 got under way, with the aim of raising awareness of English vineyards and celebrating English wines. Presumably it's just a coincidence that it happens to fall during half-term.SundayRaising...
Tom Starkey's World of Ed Tech
I may or may not have got up to some "stuff" when I was younger; stuff that may or may not prove apocalyptically embarrassing if any evidence of it ever comes to light. But I'm fairly safe in the knowledge that you'll never know what this stuff was (or...
Under Inspection
the elephant in the room I'd like to share a fable. It tells of six blind men who were invited to visit an elephant. The blind men were placed at different points around the elephant and they all felt different parts to see if they could put...
What's Hot?
This week's pick of the best resources available on the TES website What is it? A simple, animal-themed data-handling activityWho is it for? 5-7sWhy is it hot? This cross-curricular maths lesson challenges pupils to count and categorise creatures...
When a Narrow Stretch of Water Is an Educational Gulf
Many coastal areas in Britain face challenges that can have a damaging impact on school results. But on the Isle of Wight, where secondary provision has been ranked the worst in England, the tide is turning. Stephen Exley reports The county...
Why Education Needs More Fuzzy Thinking
As the future becomes increasingly unknowable, we must abandon a rigid hierarchy of subjects for a flexible yet ambitious approach I've just finished planning a new course. Students will begin with what could be described as a fuzzy goal:...
You Pays Your Money
I'm a pick-a-side-and-fight-for-it kind of woman. I'm rarely in two minds - especially in relation to issues that polarise opinion. However, the principles of principals' wages have me lurching between poles like a penguin spotter with an upside-down...
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