Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5129, 2015

A Day in the Life Of
Working in Saudi Arabia demands acclimatisation to cultural norms as well as the weather, finds this leadership coach, who ensures high standards across a school segregated by gender I teach at Riyadh Schools, which caters for mainly Saudi...
A School of Hard Knocks - and Second Chances
TV documentary examines life for pupils after exclusion Jess is a screaming whirlwind of anger, frustration and aggression. Her arms fly. Her hair flies. "Let go of me! Let go of me!" she yells. "Permanently exclude me! I don't care!"Jess...
Code to Joy
For years ICT was a neglected and low-status subject in schools. But now computing education is undergoing an astonishing transformation - and England is in the vanguard. The world is watching, writes Simon Peyton Jones We are on the brink...
Experts Give AQA a Failing Grade over Job Loss Plans
Fears that the board's proposals to cut 100 posts will hurt quality Exam officers fear that a decision by England's biggest school exam board to slash its operations staff by a third risks jeopardising the reliability of results.TES has learned...
Father Camillo and Miss Agrotis by Uri Geller
After arriving in Cyprus, the young Jewish émigré was taken under the wing of a Catholic priest who taught him the power of tolerance. Meanwhile, a supportive English teacher helped him to cultivate his unusual skills I was born in what is...
For Great Rewards, Sweat the Small Stuff
Students are losing up to eight weeks of teaching every year to low-level disruption, so use these eight easy tactics to stamp it out Mr Smith stands at the front of the classroom, explaining the activity that his students are to complete....
Get Ready for Local Unrest, Warns UCU
Union rules out national strikes but insists fight will continue Colleges across the country could face escalating local strike action, the University and College Union has warned.Despite ruling out national strikes in its dispute over this...
Governors, Get Ready for Your Close-Up
Inspectors never fail to put the governing body in the spotlight, so make sure every one of you is prepared for rigorous questioning When Ofsted calls, governors should expect to be put through their paces. Inspectors' techniques vary, but...
Having Favourites Just Shows We Are Human
All children are equal in the eyes of the teacher but some are more equal than others. Admitting it could be to everyone's benefit Favourites. I'm not talking colours (mine's yellow), foods (cheese every time) or ice cream flavours (anyone...
Let's Be Proud of Our Coding Achievements
We're not terribly good at showing off in this country. Even when we're doing something right, we don't like to blow our own trumpet about it.This urge to do ourselves down is rarely more pronounced than in two sectors: the digital economy and education.You...
Metaphors? They're a Mountain to Climb
Bombarding adult learners with technical terms saps their confidence. Let's jettison the jargon and focus on plain English I've lost a student. It happens in adult education. They start the courses eager to learn but then jobs, childcare and...
News at a Glance
NUS demands that students be given a free rideThe National Union of Students has called on the government to guarantee free bus travel for FE college students and apprentices aged 16-19 after a report revealed that councils had slashed millions from...
One Lesson Can't Tell the Whole Story
Teaching is like a television drama - you have to watch it all to see what's really going on The question of how school leaders can make "sound judgements" about colleagues' performance is bound up in the difficulty of defining "effective"...
Reaching out across an Age Gap
Troubled teens flourish when asked to mentor young children When I first met 14-year-old Naomi*, she had been living in London for only a year. She had emigrated from Colombia and was struggling to learn to speak English fluently. Naomi knew...
Research Corner
'How State Taxes and Policies Targeting Soda Consumption Modify the Association between School Vending Machines and Student Dietary Behaviors: a cross-sectional analysis' by Taber, D R, Chriqui, J F, Vuillaume, R et alPLoS One, August 2014bit.ly/BulliedAdolescentsIf...
Rewriting Student Work Is Rewriting the Rules
Earlier this term, my hairdresser asked if he might pass on my phone number to a client of his. This woman was worried about her son's upcoming GCSE French exam and was looking for a bit of emergency tuition. The upshot is that Callum has been sitting...
Schools Seek to Bypass 'Chaotic' A-Level Reform
Ucas chief fears changes may demotivate pupils and hurt results Significant numbers of schools plan to ignore a key element of the government's controversial A-level reforms by continuing to make AS-levels a central part of the timetable,...
Staffroom Darwinism
Why is it that in my classes we always seem to return to the same old debates? Perhaps because whatever else changes, one constant remains: it's the same old teacher.This time the topic was that perennial favourite: do animals have language? "It depends,"...
Staff Want Human Rights Enshrined in the Curriculum
Many teachers think pupils don't understand concept, poll shows Nine out of 10 teachers want human rights education to be put on the national curriculum for students before they start their GCSEs, a TES survey suggests.The poll of more than...
Staking Students' Learning on the Spin of a Wheel
Study hopes to prove benefits of chance and risk in education Tapping into students' inner gamblers by adding an element of chance to lessons could significantly boost learning and help to close the attainment gap between rich and poor, a...
Tales from New Teachers
the old switcheroo The problemI have spent the past couple of years working in one school, but in an ever-changing role. I initially assisted with a school club, then ran the holiday club as a "play leader". Next I was a special needs assistant,...
Teaching Maths in the Real World
Many students arrive at college already disenchanted and struggling with the subject. Our top tips will give them 20 reasons to love it Teaching maths to a student who not only hates the subject but has also consistently failed at it is not...
TES Letters
Ofsted, let's be reliably informedHow decent and honest Ofsted's Sean Harford is to confirm what headteachers have believed for decades: that inspections are unreliable (" 'We've not done enough to ensure reliability' ", 9 January). How shocking, though,...
The Happiness Project
Sometimes other people you work with suck. You know the ones: they don't clean their boards when they leave a classroom; the desk is covered in their detritus like they just bailed on a bust; they'll send a pupil out of their lesson for 40 minutes rather...
This Week, Next Week
10-16 January 2015SaturdayProtest too much?The Conservatives said they would make it harder for teachers to take strike action if they won the next election. Under the plans, 40 per cent of eligible union members would need to vote in favour of a walk-out.SundayLong...
Turn a Spanish Lesson into a Race against Time
I am a big believer in language learning being purposeful. As a result, I make my Spanish lessons cross-curricular whenever possible.When my Year 4 class was struggling to tell the time using an analogue clock, I saw an opportunity. Telling the time...
What's Hot?
Create a buzz in your classroom with a cross-curricular project on bees, a hive of inspiring reading ideas, and lesson plans on fossil fuels, the blues and making a moving toy. All these resources and more are available on the TES website ...
World of Difference
"We celebrate diversity." This phrase is displayed in schools up and down the country. It appears in countless mission statements and is prominent in school brochures. At its best, it can herald a school community brimming with harmony and peace. At...
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