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Tes - 09 November 2018

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Are you ready for this jelly?

Orange, ginger and puff candy jelly crumble 1 small tin mandarin oranges 1/2 a Crunchie 2 ginger biscuits A small handful of pecan nuts 1 packet orange jelly A good glug of Glayva or Cointreau Drain...

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Comebacks to backchat

We love our students. FE teachers don’t tolerate crap wages, national invisibility and government policy as an afterthought because we’re very specific, edu-based sadomasochists. It’s because our...

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Does FE have the Will to win?

Taking life advice from actor and rapper Will Smith is a given. It is he who taught us how to shake a room, the benefits of the Floridian city of Miami and warned us that if we fought with our peers,...

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Five ways to deal with an argumentative pupil

Picture the scene: you’ve asked a Year 9 girl to sit at the front of the class because she was hugely disruptive last lesson. Immediately, her volume is heightened, her girl crew is behind her ready...

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Forgotten voices of the First World War

As the centenary commemorations draw to a close, history teacher John Blake argues that we have missed the opportunity to set aside modern readings of the past and instead emphasise the authentic...

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Getting a sense of FEelings

How proud are you to work at your college? It’s a question you might not have to answer or think about every day, but Ofsted is now looking for the answer in colleges. The inspectorate has introduced...

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How to build a primary curriculum

Ofsted is making curriculum a top priority in its inspections from next year – and the move has already proved controversial, with criticisms about potential ideological preferences and fears about...

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It’s a culture of trust, not a cult

For a leader, it can be reassuring when everyone consistently backs up decisions from the top – but is it really healthy? Principal Helena Marsh argues that school leaders need to guard against blind...

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Lifelong learning cut short

Despite the power of education to change people’s lives, adult participation in learning is at its lowest point since records began two decades ago. George Ryan explores the reasons behind the decline...

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Ofsted gets us, and it’s about time

Now, Ofsted aren’t exactly my favourite organisation in the world. I resent the often arbitrary judgement and the things that inspectors miss that are glaringly obvious to anyone involved in a college...

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Oh, I do like to teach beside the seaside

As the nights draw in and the weather gets decidedly more, shall we say, classically British, the time is surely perfect for teachers to head down to the beach for a day of learning. No wait, come...

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Remember, the members really control our MATs

If a multi-academy trust hits the headlines for the wrong reasons, the spotlight usually falls on its trustees – but its members actually hold more power, writes Matthew Wolton

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School trips don’t have to be a pain in the arts

We all appreciate the importance of school trips, but taking pupils out of lessons impacts on their studies, and schools face the cost of bringing in supply teachers as cover. So what’s the solution?...

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Sector inspection: 9 November 2018

OUTSTANDING Love Island careers advice Fresh from his stint on Love Island, Alex George is preparing to promote a career in the NHS at WorldSkills UK Live. The A&E doctor’s high profile among young...

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Tes focus on…How sleep can help learning

Anyone who has faced a classroom full of yawning pupils will know that being tired affects our ability to take in information – and now research is revealing the role that sleep plays in consolidating...

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This town is big enough for the both of us…

We’ve reached the last-chance saloon for the troubled cowboy of the education world, says teacher JL Dutaut. Ofsted – which, depending on who you talk to, can be either the good, the bad or the ugly –...

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What it’s like to teach in… Ukraine

There have been a lot of positive changes in the Ukrainian education system, lead by the national strategy called “New Ukrainian School”. Its aim is for students to develop their critical thinking,...

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You don’t need magic to defeat a Dementor

In JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Dementors are described as being foul, wraith-like creatures that suck happiness and hope out of the very air around them. Sound familiar? It should - because very...

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Your postcode shouldn’t be a barrier

The Youth Opportunity Index, published last week by the Learning and Work Institute, presented some challenging findings: no clear urban-rural split and no clear north-south divide. Instead, the...

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‘I might as well be a robot’

With the rise of multi-academy trusts, some teachers are now finding that they no longer have control over what they teach. It is not uncommon for MATs to prescribe a single curriculum across their...

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