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A step too far for Ofsted?

Ofsted’s plan to put curriculum, rather than exam results, at the heart of its inspections has been broadly welcomed by teachers – but chief inspector Amanda Spielman’s flagship reform has put her on...

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Arab spring for FE axed

If you were looking for lucrative opportunities overseas to boost your college’s income, Saudi Arabia would unlikely be top of your list. Following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the...

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Are you ready to step up to SLT?

Middle leaders, are you confident in your teaching ability? Tick. Happy leading and helping others? Tick. Ready for a pay rise? BIG tick. Perhaps, then, it’s time to take the next step: one that fills...

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Back to the future of FE

Tes columnist and Association of Colleges chief executive David Hughes dusted off his time machine this week to travel back through the history of FE funding. His “historical flirtation” saw him tease...

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Count your blessings for the #LittleExtras

Nothing says “welcome back” after half-term quite like a Budget announcement, does it? Over the past few months, the profession has been working hard to lobby for extra cash to plug the gaping funding...

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How to help working memory do its job

Many pupils struggle to recall and apply information, and the challenges they face are not being addressed in the classroom, says Margaret Mulholland

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Look beyond the label

When children struggle to learn, they are usually given a diagnosis that then determines what support they are given. Leading special schools have long found such labelling to be problematic, and now...

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More tricks than treats from Ofsted

Just as the nation’s parents, teachers and pupils were dusting down Halloween costumes, hanging cobwebs and carving pumpkins, Ofsted’s chief inspector was penning a letter to Parliament’s Public...

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No community without compromise

Let’s face it, in life, most of us are just trying to muddle our way through the best we can. And this means that for things to run smoothly – like in, for example, a further education college –...

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Powerhouse or pointless?

PowerPoint zoomed into our classrooms in the early 2000s and offered the modern teacher endless combinations of animations, font choices and templates with which to deliver their lessons. The spinning...

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Sector inspection: 2 November 2018

Who's in the good books this week, and who needs a long sit to think about what they've done? We take a look... OUTSTANDING Giving wellbeing some welly Teachers in their hundreds have been sharing...

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Some school reports, no one will ever read

In an effort to keep up with changes from the Department for Education, I subscribe to updates from its website. During half-term, I received no fewer than 65 emails. In among all the usual bumph of...

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TAs’ trail to teaching blocked

Teachers trainers this week expressed disappointment at the shelving of plans for a teaching apprenticeship that would have allowed non-graduates to train as school teachers. The Trailblazer group of...

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Teacher's recipe: Curried courgette flan

This week, teacher Siobhan Currie serves up a recipe for a dish that can double as both lunch and dinner. Flan-u-lous, darling. * 1 ready-made flan case * 2 onions, sliced into half-moons * 2 cloves...

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Tes focus on… Computer games

Playing shoot-em-ups for hours on end is damaging students’ ability to learn, right? Wrong, according to academic Andrew Przybylski, who tells Chris Parr there is little strong evidence to back up...

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The week in books: 2 November 2018

The Train to Impossible Places By PG Bell Usborne Publishing, £12.99 ISBN: 9781474948616 My class were so full of praise for this book, I couldn’t get them to stop talking. Apparently there’s now a...

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We shall overcome…and then overcome again

If at first you don’t succeed… This seems to be the guiding principle of the University and College Union’s (UCU) effort to organise its college-based members into industrial action over FE sector pay...

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What it’s like to teach in… Brisbane

There are some great initiatives for indigenous students in Queensland schools. We have regular assemblies based on the theme of “because of her, we can”, in which we hear from an Aboriginal elder....

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Who will teach the T levels?

The government’s flagship technical qualifications have provided fresh impetus to address the declining numbers of FE teachers, with a flurry of schemes, training pathways and strategies aiming to...

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Why live in fear of the blob?

Period, time of the month, a visit from Aunt Flo, a crimson tide, or just plain menstruation – whatever you call it, you’re probably not talking about it, says Sarah Simons, as she asks, why are...

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Why we must keep the faith

With support for scrapping publicly funded religious schools on the rise, Kevin Rooney – an atheist – champions the virtues of a faith-based education and argues that such a move would be at odds with...

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