Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5139, 2015

A Confident Teacher Is a Better Teacher
Report finds staff's self-belief can influence achievement Teachers with confidence in their abilities tend to find that their students perform better, a new report says.The study, by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development...
A Day in the Life Of
Working on the Cook Islands is a dream for this primary teacher, with beautiful blue skies, delicious food and a relaxed pace of life that provides plenty of opportunities for a dip in the lagoon I live on Rarotonga, one of the 15 Cook Islands...
An Own Goal?
A while back, one of my pupils came into the lesson and, with the careless air of a monarch waving from a carriage, dropped on to my desk a piece of paper, folded like a crisp packet in a pub. Expediency demanded I ignore it, but I wasn't surprised when,...
Divide and Conquer
In the interests of keeping my job, could I please request that anyone I work for in a teaching capacity doesn't read on? Thank you.Right. Now we've got rid of them I can tell you my guilty secret. My 10-year-old has bypassed me in maths. And he's not...
Dramatic Literature - with a Modernist Twist
Teaching English through drama can be illuminating. In this A-level literature lesson, I wanted to facilitate independent learning.We were studying an "in-your-face" play called 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane (pictured, above right). The drama is brimming...
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 TES plundered Twitter for haikus from teachers on #WorldPoetryDay. As a bonus incentive, we...
'Everybody Has a*s - Employers Want Character'
Head of CBI urges schools to focus on holistic development Employers are more interested in whether young people have participated in local theatre or raised money for charity than they are in exam grades, according to the head of the CBI.John...
GCSE Reforms Write New Script for English Literature
Expert claims schools will give it priority over language Schools will divert resources from English language to English literature to optimise their performance after GCSE and league table reforms, an expert has predicted.Under the existing...
How to Create Class Displays That Pay Off
Cluttered walls distract from learning, research finds. But you don't have to teach in a stark white box - just keep things simple Hands up everyone who loves their staple gun and has a set of letter stencils especially for making displays....
How to Support High Achievers at a Low Ebb
Students can buckle under the pressure of meeting expectations, so follow this guide to offer a helping hand Working in an academically selective independent school is the dream for many teachers. In such a seemingly perfect school environment,...
I'm Exhausted - and My Family Pay the Price
It's 7am on a dull Monday morning and our superb, recently promoted middle leader traipses down the corridor, weighed down with bags of marking and sporting red-rimmed eyes. Clearly, she has been crying.It transpires that her long-term boyfriend has...
It's (Political) Party Time for Pupils - but Not Teachers
As election fever builds, schools take care to follow rules on bias It will prove difficult to escape from politics in the next few weeks, as media coverage escalates ahead of the general election on 7 May.But schools that want to bring the...
James Morwood by Richard Curtis
When he arrived at Harrow, Curtis hoped he would shine on the sports field, but it was his school magazine and its enthusiastic editor that set the film-maker on the path to fame One of the most important moments of my life was the first five...
News at a Glance
History GCSE to cover Iraq and Afghanistan conflictsThe recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are be included in a history GCSE offered by England's biggest school exam board for the first time. Pupils taking the new AQA qualification will be able to study...
Research Corner
'White-Matter Development is Different in Bilingual and Monolingual Children: a longitudinal DTI study' by Mohades, S G, Van Schuerbeek, P, Rosseel, Y et al,Plos One, February 2015bit.ly/BilingualMonolingualMulticulturalism can help children to develop...
Tales from New Teachers
when teaching worlds collide The problemIt was observation time again. As a newly qualified teacher, you get observed so often (or at least I seem to) that it can feel a bit lonely when you are the only adult in the room.This time, though,...
TES Letters
When will we wake up to the value of experience?As an experienced teacher who is finding it difficult to secure permanent employment after being made redundant, I identify with the struggles many older teachers face ("I'm experienced...so why can't I...
The Heads 'Penalised' for Helping Others
Ofsted does not recognise their support for struggling schools Top headteachers say they are being "penalised" by Ofsted for doing what the government wants and helping to turn around struggling schools.Prime minister David Cameron, chief...
The Power and the Pain of Intuition
It's a useful tool, but this 'second sight' can blind you to the perspectives of others Intuition provides teachers with a second sight that can appear almost magical to the uninitiated. Place an experienced teacher at the front of any class...
The Road Less Travelled Can Lead to Success
A university degree was once essential for a rewarding career, but no longer. So show students the benefits of a vocational path Earlier this year we learned that the number of people on apprenticeships and traineeships in England had risen...
The Top 5 Best Ways to Tackle Boasting - Ever
Students should be encouraged to celebrate their success. But if bragging becomes a way to put others down, it's time to step in We all do it: we all boast. We use social media to publicise our holidays, our new cars or our promotions, and...
The World Sees Our Strength. Why Can't We?
It's an education that's the envy of the world - the curriculum, the qualifications, the teachers - and it's hugely popular, especially with parents in the Far East and Middle East. No, we're not talking about Finland, Singapore or South Korea but good...
This Week, Next Week
21-27 March 2015Saturday'Nine nights' festivalHappy Hindu new year! Gudi Padwa was the first day of the festival of Chaitra Navratri ("nine nights"), in which devotees worship eight-armed goddess Durga in the hope of finding prosperity and happiness.SundayPeers...
We Have Much to Learn from the Spirit of '45
As another momentous election approaches, the progress made in education since the end of the Second World War is under threat This spring's general election coincides with the 70th anniversary of the 1945 election that brought Clement Attlee's...
Why Adult Education May Be Extinct by 2020
Provision will be wiped out if cuts continue at same rate, experts say Organisations across the further education sector have rallied behind calls for greater government investment in adult education and training, after research published...
Why I Fired Myself
You don't need complaints from parents to know that something's wrong. A teacher is missing lessons week after week, preparation is sketchy, marking is patchy and the children are losing out. At such moments, a headteacher has to act.Don't put off those...
Why Playgrounds Are between a Rock and a Hard Place
Pupil places crisis leaves schools short for outdoor facilities The rising demand for primary places is forcing many schools to invest in chairs and desks at the expense of playground equipment, a survey suggests.As the sector struggles to...
Why the US Wants to Follow England's Lead on Headship
Ofsted is the backbone of strong school leadership, report says The US is the source of many educational fads that have arrived in England: charter schools were a precursor to our free schools, finger clicking is spreading as a means of showing...
Wishing upon a Star
Our house has been experiencing an unusually large number of visitors lately. Just last week, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast came for a tea party. For the past three nights our bedrooms have been filled to capacity...
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