TES webchats

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Watch back webchat and live lesson highlights, including our live lesson with Brian Cox and webchats with Tony Robinson, Simon Mayo, Malorie Blackman, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Toby Young.

Join in with the lessons and interviews by sending in questions from you and your class. Send questions to webchat@tes.co.uk or tweet us @tesResources with #teschat.

If you or your pupils would love to interview an author, poet, scientist or any famous figure in education – please let us know and we will do our best to get them on board!


Have an idea for a webchat or live lesson? Email us at webchat@tes.co.uk


Upcoming 2014 webchats



Watch previous webchats


Languages teachers: All change (or not?!) for 2014

TES Connect languages adviser Rachel Hawkes responds to questions and discusses priorities for languages teachers at the moment.



Father Christmas

Here at TES Connect we've been particularly well-behaved this year, and so we've been granted special access to the North Pole to talk to the jolly man in red a week before the main event.


Languages teachers: What are your priorities? 2

TES Connect languages adviser Rachel Hawkes responds to questions and discusses priorities for languages teachers at the moment.


Languages teachers: What are your priorities? 1

TES Connect languages adviser Rachel Hawkes responds to questions and discusses priorities for languages teachers at the moment.


Speakers for Schools Question Time

Schools all over the country were invited to join a unique live national debate chaired by Robert Peston. Watch the full video here.


researchED Sam Freedman

Former education policy adviser Sam Freedman talks at the researchED 2013 conference about the relationship between education policy and research.


researchED Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre gives the opening speech at the researchED 2013 conference at Dulwich College.


European Day of Languages

Find out how you and your school can mark the European Day of Languages on 26 September.


National Poetry Day - Mista Gee

Find out about National Poetry Day, why it's important and how you can celebrate it on 3 October.


Paul Morris on Alan Turing

Find out about Alan Turing's life, work and legacy – and why it is still important for children to learn about him today.


Shelter - Laura Trevelyan

Learn about the issue of child homelessness, find out about housing issues faced by many in the UK and discover how you can fundraise for Shelter in the run-up to Christmas.


Adrian Lester

Actor Adrian Lester talks about schools, Shakespeare, poetry and drama, as well as his work in the title role of the National Theatre's Othello.


MFL: Ideas for joined up language learning

In her recent blog post TES Connect languages adviser Rachel Hawkes explores some interesting ideas on how to present new language to students.


John Agard

John Agard talks to TES Connect about his life, his work and his love of poetry.


Supporting children with mental health disorders

Roger Catchpole, from the UK youth charity YoungMinds, provides advice and tips for supporting children with mental health disorders and for promoting mental wellbeing throughout the school environment.


Becoming an advanced skills teacher

Craig Barton outlines what teachers need to do to become an AST, what the benefits are of taking this career route and discusses the government's plans for the AST scheme.


How I learned to stop worrying about SPaG and learned to love grammar

If the thought of teaching grammar is keeping you awake at night, then tune into our webchat with author Sara Wernham, a former primary school teacher.


Live art lesson

Join TES Connect and the Royal Academy of Arts for a live art lesson. During the lesson, artist Jeanette Barnes will be taking pupils through creating art using different inspirations and different tools to draw.


Michael Mercieca

Michael Mercieca talks to TES Connect about the increasing importance of enterprise education at a time where more than one in five 16-24 year olds is unemployed and three out of four employers say young recruits lack basic skills to enter the workforce.


TES Behaviour

Find out how to keep students focused during the many distractions that come with the summer term. Tom Bennett is a teacher at Raines Foundation, a state school in inner city London.


Jobseeking advice for teachers

TES Connect jobseeking expert Theodora Griff will answer your questions about all aspects of jobseeking including writing a great application and interview technique.


MFL: Ideas for presenting new language

In her recent blog post TES Connect languages adviser Rachel Hawkes explores some interesting ideas on how to present new language to students.


Revision: Keys to success

TES Connect has teamed up with motivational speaker Lee Jackson to produce a series of videos designed to get even the most reluctant reviser ready for exam season.


Shakespeare: His Language and Poetry

Join us on the Bard's Birthday for a poetry workshop hosted by Dr Anjna Chouhan of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


MFL and the proposed changes to the National Curriculum

Join Rachel to discuss ideas and share thoughts about the changing landscape for languages.


Greg Dyke on film education

Greg Dyke joined us to discuss the BFI's vision for film education, as well as answered questions on an exciting new development from the BFI that focuses on the delivery of film education to every 5-19-year-old in the UK.


Jobseeking advice for teachers

TES Connect jobseeking expert Theodora Griff will answer your questions about all aspects of jobseeking including writing a great application and interview technique.


Jodie Marsh

Jodie Marsh talks to TES Connect about her experiences of bullying and her new documentary on tackling bullies in schools.


Poetry workshop

Join TES Connect and the Poetry Society to celebrate World Poetry Day


Levi Roots

Musician, chef and entrepreneur Levi Roots joined us in the TES Connect Studio as part of a drive to excite students about food and music – using his own inspirational tale as motivation.


Tony Robinson

TES Connect Live joined author, actor and television presenter Tony Robinson for a chat on World Book Day


Simon Mayo

Well-known BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo, author of fast-paced adventures Itch and Itch Rocks, took part in a live webchat in the run-up to World Book Day.


Stephen Twigg

What would the current shadow education secretary do if he were to take over the DfE after the next election? Tune in to find out.


National Curriculum Reform

Join our live discussion about the proposed National Curriculum reforms and what they mean for languages teachers.


Malorie Blackman

Join us as we chat to the award-winning author of the Noughts and Crosses series about her books in the run-up to World Book Day.


Cookery skills chat with Leon founders

John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, founders of Leon restaurants, join us to discuss the Cook 5 campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of children learning to cook and eat healthily.


Jobseeking advice clinic

Join TES Connect jobseeking expert Theodora Griff to answer your questions about any aspect of jobseeking including writing a great application and interview technique.


Red Nose Day Fundraising

Find out the story behind the Red Nose Day resources on the TES Connect site and discover how you can fundraise by doing something funny for money.


National curriculum: Primary reform

Join us to discuss the government's proposed reforms to the primary curriculum.

Professor Brian Cox: The Big Bang Live Lesson

One lucky school is getting a very special science lesson courtesy of Engineering UK and Professor Brian Cox. You and your class can join in with the live lesson here on TES Connect.


How learning foreign languages can improve students' understanding of English

TES MFL subject adviser Rachel Hawkes looks at how foreign languages learning can support literacy without us needing to use English.



Rachel Billington

The renowned novelist for adults and children joins us to talk about her new book Poppy's Angel, which focuses on a child whose father is in prison.



Incorporating whole school literacy into language lessons

TES Connect MFL subject adviser Rachel Hawkes looks at how foreign languages teachers can support whole school literacy through their lessons.


Strategies to beat bullying

The BeatBullying Group join us for a webchat on strategies for tackling bullying in your school.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas kindly took time out of his busy schedule to come down to TES Towers to answer children's questions about his work, his reindeer and his local supermarkets.


Culture in the classroom

Join us for a roundtable discussion about the evolving role of museums, galleries and other cultural organisations within education.


Toby Young

TES Connect behaviour adviser Tom Bennett interviews the co-founder of the West London Free School about his educational philosophy.


Beat Bullying in your school

Join TES Connect and Beat Bullying for a live lesson to help make bullying unacceptable in your school.


Frank Cottrell Boyce

The award-winning author stopped by the TES offices to talk about a number of topics, including his books for children and his authorship of the Olympic opening ceremony.


Speak up for school libraries

Librarian Barbara Band joined us to talk about the campaign to make libraries a statutory requirement for schools.


PGCE students: surviving your placements

Join teacher trainer James Williams and recent PGCE student Nicola Davison for practical advice on placements.


Tom Bennett on "Why aren't they behaving yet?"

Our resident behaviour guru answers your queries about how to deal with behaviour issues once the honeymoon period with a new class has ended.


Lord Robert Winston

We chat to Professor Winston about his work as a professor, a medical doctor, a scientist, a television presenter, an author and a politician. This webchat was recorded at the opening of Middlesbrough College's new sixth form centre.


Stephen Woolley – Great Expectations

Join film producer Stephen Woolley for a discussion on adapting books for the screen, with a focus on the new movie based on the Dickens classic.


Pornography and pupils

Teacher Chloe Combi, together with PSHE expert Alice Hoyle, also a teacher, discuss the impact of widespread access to pornography among today's pupils and how schools and teachers can or should manage the consequences.


Ellen MacArthur

Sailor Ellen MacArthur on inspiring a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future through the vision of a circular economy.


Royal Albert Hall - Inspiring creativity

What is sound?- was recorded live on 11 October and it is now available for you and your class to watch back whenever you like.


University applications: Oxbridge

Oxford academic Peter Claus and Ken Warman, principal of Bsix Brooke House sixth form college, will be here to talk about conventional and unconventional ways to help your students when they're applying to Oxford and Cambridge.


Julia Donaldson

The woman behind The Gruffalo and the current Children's Laureate chats about her work, children's literacy and her campaign to save libraries.


Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the man behind the hugely successful series of Alex Rider novels. He is about to publish the final in his critically acclaimed Power of Five sequence, Oblivion, and he was online to answer your questions


Alan Watkinson

Alan Watkinson is double gold medal winner Mo Farah's former PE teacher and was the best man at his wedding. We asked him questions about discovering and nurturing sporting talent.


Henry Winkler

Actor and author Henry Winkler - instantly recognisable to many as "The Fonz" from Happy Days - joined us to talk about his work supporting children's literacy and dyslexia.


Michael Rosen

It seemed only right that on Roald Dahl day we invited in the author of the first ever authorized children's biography of Dahl. Michael answered your questions on children's literature and literature in education.



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Getting the right result

Watch Alex Scharaschkin, the Director of AQA's Centre for Education Research and Practice.
Find out why marking some subjects is more challenging than others and how we use detailed research to make marking as accurate and reliable as possible.


TES Primary School Of the Year 2014 - Sharing Exemplary Practice

St Mary's Moss Side Manchester share how becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting School has positively improved behaviour, strengthened relationships and enriched the flow of communication throughout their school community


Explaining the new GCSE grades – moving from A*-G to 9-1

Dale Bassett, AQA's Head of Public Policy, makes sense of the new GCSE grades and talks teachers through the main changes.


Enjoy education through exploration with world challenge!

Each year over 500 leading schools from 25 countries send teams out on expeditions to breath-taking places like Ecuador, Costa Rica, Borneo and Malawi where they go on to trek, complete projects and immerse themselves in cultural societies.


Access a world of culture, collaboration and learning

The British Council International School Award supports your school in embedding international learning into the curriculum. Working towards it gives pupils and teachers a new perspective on the world, and the skills to work in a global economy.


Making music with computers

TV presenter and computing fan Maggie Philbin presents this live lesson which explores how computers can be used to make music using software, programming code and fruit!


LifeSkills – Employability

With further focus on how students can improve their employability by learning to increase their people skills. Along with more lesson plans and workshops for teachers to help guide students.


LifeSkills – Work Week

With a focus on employability, skills and the world of work, LifeSkills Work Week brings work experience, workshops and more into schools. Learn more here.


LifeSkills

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a new curriculum linked education programme designed to give young people in the UK access to the skills they need to make the transition from education into work. Find out more here.


How can you improve your collaborative arrangements?

Education law experts Browne Jacobson consider the impact of the reform agenda on school collaboration.