Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5095, 2014

A Day in the Life Of
Working at one of Australia's largest and most prestigious schools is a labour of love for this chemistry teacher, who employs technology to create a personalised experience for his students It is Thursday and I wake up before the alarm at...
Ask Tom
I am a newly qualified teacher at a school that is revamping its behaviour policy. Many of our pupils have severe issues at home that affect the way they are coping with the new regime, and we're ending up therapists to these kids as a result. The severity...
Back to Basics
This week's resources will help your students to understand how simple punctuation marks can take their dialogue from stream of consciousness to structured speech 1 Speech mark stepsWhat is it? Step-by-step instructions and activities that...
Cinderella Stories Set Students Up for a Fall
Fairy tales encourage damaging social and gender expectations - we need to teach young people to create their own happily ever after One of my students once told me with worrying conviction that their life dream was to own a jacuzzi. It is...
Creating a Write-On Culture
Even TV talent shows can spark originality in budding authors Television singing competitions may seem an unlikely source of inspiration for creative writing. However, a rapidly evolving youth culture, non-selective sixth forms and greater...
Following in Their Footsteps
Many children seem chained to the script of failure that has been written for them. But as Tessa Matthews takes a walk through a deprived estate, she sees how education is transforming the life chances of her pupils A bridge divides the school...
Great Idea, but a Right Royal Muddle in Practice
A Royal College of Teaching is a splendid idea: an independent body committed to improving the status and professional development of teachers that will also give them a professional voice and a greater say in policy issues.Naturally, when it was first...
'Holocaust Denial in My Eyes Is a Crime'
Teaching of topic still hindered by anti-Semitism, professor says Teachers in some parts of the world are facing huge challenges when teaching young people about the Holocaust, encountering problems from extreme anti-Semitism to denial of...
How Theoretical Physics Can Be Fun for All the Family
Stephen Hawking and daughter release fourth children's book The urge to understand the universe and mankind's place within it is as old as the human race itself. No one has done more to encourage this fascination than renowned physicist Stephen...
How to Handle the Hardest to Reach
Change won't happen overnight with aggressive and violent students, but a consistent approach can turn things around You know it's not going to be a good day just by glancing through the window. His head is down as he walks through the playground,...
In Honour of Hard Work and Devotion
The shortlist for this year's TES Schools Awards recognises the creativity, teamwork and leadership taking place across Britain The outstanding schools and inspirational teachers who have made the shortlist for the sixth TES Schools Awards...
In the Talking Shop
As I glance at the assembled governors, a subtle game of cat and mouse gets under way. My mission, as chair, is to get through our agenda effectively. I have visualised a meeting of an hour and a half's duration, full of robust discussion that results...
'Introverted' FE Urged to Come out of Its Shell
Rewards await colleges that seek opportunities abroad, expert says The UK's further education sector must stop being "introverted" and start looking overseas to attract new students and make more money, the country's international education...
Journeys of Discovery That End in Exploitation
Teachers seeking work abroad are 'misled' by agencies, study says Every year, thousands of teachers take up jobs overseas in search of new professional challenges and exciting experiences. But rather than finding travel and adventure, many...
Moment in the Spotlight
May is the saddest month. Actually, strike that. It does have a positive side. It's sad because the sixth-formers are leaving for good, but happy because when the exam classes disappear, my timetable will be lighter than a bag of Maltesers.This theoretically...
Mr Sykes by Greg Rutherford
Sports-mad and cheeky, the future Olympic athlete had been written off in English until he met a big, gruff teacher who commanded respect I would like to pay tribute to a man who had an incredible influence on me at school. Mr Sykes taught...
News at a Glance
Study to analyse impact of most important mealThe impact of free school breakfasts on academic performance is to be analysed in a year-long study by the Education Endowment Foundation. The research, which will involve 36,000 children in 200 schools in...
New Teachers Say They're Ready for Anything
...but their headteachers beg to differ, skill survey reveals New teachers believe that they begin their careers well-prepared for whatever the job might throw at them. Their headteachers, it seems, think differently.New research shows that...
Power Up to Become a Tech-Savvy Teacher
Technology can be a powerful tool in the right hands, so follow our guide to ensure you're getting the most out of gadgets and gizmos It could be argued that we know nothing about education and technology. After all, no one on the front line...
Pure Magic
A recent TES article struck a chord with me. It was written by a teacher who was also a magician, and he extolled the virtues of bringing magic into the classroom ("Could it be magic?", 4 April).At the age of 6, I fell under the spell of magic. A friend...
So What If I Can't Spell? I'm Still a Good Teacher
I am not a good speller. It's embarrassing but I have learned to turn it to my advantage.First off, I always give one student a dictionary, and when I am unsure of a word I get them to check it for me. If an error does sneak in, I explain that I will...
Spread of Living Dead
Zombie invasions add bite to lessons on epidemics and infection How would you fare in a zombie apocalypse? I asked that very question after my appointment as head boy at Doon Academy in Ayrshire.I'd had a light-bulb moment. After hearing about...
Tales from New Teachers
knowledge deficit The problemYou may think that working at an international school in Qatar, the richest country in the world, would be easy. After all, families can afford a good education and extra tutors if necessary so no one should fall...
TES Letters
Put creativity in context by embedding soft skills"When creativity and facts are a good match" (News, 9 May) revealed that the UK is ranked sixth out of 39 in The Learning Curve report, below the premier league East Asian nations.The key point missing...
The Rules of Good Rejection
We owe it to interviewees to provide constructive feedback that will help them to improve I once went for a job at a school in the South of England that ran a lucrative weekend wedding business. This was supposed to be its sideline, but actually...
The Watchman
It's as if we're arranging a blind date. We exchange notes via each other's department mailboxes and send emails stating our available times. We agree on a particular hour and location. I arrive on time at my colleague's classroom, where I will be observing...
This Week, Next Week
10-16 May 2014SaturdayFree schools come at a priceA political row broke out in England amid claims that education secretary Michael Gove had diverted funds reserved for creating much-needed school places to pay for his controversial flagship free schools...
Unleash the Endless Possibilities of Language
When talking to parents, I often find myself reminding them that learning a language is a long-term apprenticeship. When engaging with students, though, I sometimes like to take a fast-track approach.Let's not mess about, I say. By the end of this Spanish...
'We Live in Fear, but You Cannot Give Up'
Nigerian teachers are resolute despite the threat of terrorism The summer term means exams for millions of students worldwide. But in northern Nigeria, those exams are taking place in schools that are under siege."Pupils think, 'If I attend...
What's Hot?
This week's pick of resources available on TES Connect covers an impressively diverse range of subjects. Whether you want German composers or multiplying by 10, we've got you covered 1 Les couleursWhat is it? A set of posters to teach colours...
Why Classic Authors Are Dead to Pupils
Children fail to see them as real people, Jacqueline Wilson says Children are so accustomed to school visits from modern authors that they can struggle to see classic writers as real people, according to Jacqueline Wilson.The best-selling...
Why Hard-Line Drug Policies Don't Work
Zero tolerance may sound appealing in its simplicity, but it can prove toxic to pupils who need help with substance abuse issues It is understandable that many schools operate zero-tolerance drug policies, expelling students as soon as they...
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