Magazine article Times Educational Supplement


Magazine article Times Educational Supplement


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Well done Martin Lewis for raising (again) the need for financial education in schools ("Teach children about cash, says money-saving expert", Insight, 29 July). But it's not just senior schools that need to do this for maths and citizenship lessons.

Barnabas in Schools has produced free cross-curricular resources for primary schools, too - including for religious education lessons ( As Lewis says, "Money worries are one of the greatest unhappiness." And RE is all about finding and evaluating alternative ways of living the good life without needing a credit reference.

Chris Hudson

Barnabas in Schools team

As a retired secondary maths teacher volunteering in my local primary school, I agree totally with teaching about cash but I feel we also need to teach about the mathematics and language of advertising.

I remember spending a lesson with some Year 6 students post-Sats talking about rates of interest for repaying debt. I talked about television adverts and one pupil expressed concern about how the words at the bottom of the screen were often blurred and unreadable. That pupil changed my attitude from one of avoiding adverts - and reading my newspaper during breaks in programmes - to one of watching adverts with the sound off to see what wasn't being said but rather written in the small print.

I grew up with initially just the BBC on TV - hence, no advertising. Now we have hundreds, if not thousands, of commercial channels and I feel that young people have the right to learn more about the potential effects of advertising.

Mike Rath

Barnstaple, Devon

A man of letters

One of the first pages I turn to in TES is the Feedback page. One of your regular correspondents is Mike Rath of Barnstaple, Devon. I'm particularly interested in what he has to say because he was my maths teacher and form tutor at Edgecliff Comprehensive in Staffordshire in the 1970s.

How fortunate the children in his local primary school are to have him teach as a volunteer. I found Mike challenging in many ways, mostly positive, and a fantastic role model. I had glandular fever shortly before taking my A levels and he, along with a French teacher, came to my home to give me extra tuition before I took the exams.

I look forward to reading more of his correspondence in the future! Keep up the good work, TES, keeping us informed and supported as teachers.

Ruth Sabbagh

Primary school supply teacher

Teach First second thoughts

Whatever its merits (and there are some), Teach First invites the quip: "Teach First, live second, die later." It shouldn't be that way ("Teach First changes lives beyond the classroom", Whispers from Westminster, 29 July).

Colin Richards


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