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A 2019 wish list for FE

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, outlines his hopes for the year ahead: Funding, funding and more funding. Colleges have had to deal with an average funding cut of 30 per...

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A safe haven in a world of uncertainty

Schools are becoming increasingly aware of their responsibility to support children who have suffered trauma, amid growing evidence that small changes in the school environment can make a big...

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Does maths teaching add up?

Schools are struggling to recruit enough maths teachers, but the shortage of specialists in the subject in the FE sector is even more acute – especially as colleges are expected to cope with the added...

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Education is about putting food on the table

One of my most vivid memories from my first bout of teacher training was a lecture in which us green-as-grass new recruits had to tackle the weighty question of “what is education for?” We had to pick...

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Five ways to arrive at ... ‘destination detox’

If you’re feeling the effects of Christmas overindulgence, it can be tempting to resort to extreme measures in a bid to “jump-start” a healthy regime. But before you reach for the laxative tea or...

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Give introverts a dose of the ‘silent treatment’

There’s no doubt about it: classrooms are loud places. They’re also, interpersonally, very demanding. For most, this isn’t a problem. But for a silent minority it can leave them really struggling:...

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In defence of the wobbly upper lip

A little sniff, a quiver in the voice, eyes glistening and ready to spill…then a dive under the desk to hide it from the children. Most teachers will become emotional in school at some point, though...

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Make CPD the main target for teacher pay

Our short-termist school culture can be fixed by changing appraisals so that evidence-based practice and improvement in teaching, not pupils’ performance, become the measures of progression, says Phil...

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Modelling is your runway to success

Humans learn through imitation, so teachers can’t expect children to know how to structure answers or revise without first being shown the ideal way to do it. Mark Roberts suggests four techniques

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Spanish eyes the No. 1 slot in A-level languages

The worrying decline in modern foreign languages in England’s schools has long been documented, but a new research study now suggests a trend that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. The...

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Tes focus on... Reading motivation

Every teacher would love a class full of bookworms, but getting children motivated to read is easier said than done. Christina Quaine hears from developmental psychologist Sarah McGeown, who says that...

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The week in books: 4 January 2019

Vote for Effie Laura Wood Scholastic, £6.99 ISBN: 9781407187723 Inspired by the Women’s March, this is an empowering and heart-warming story of friendship and standing up for what you believe in....

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Variation for the nation

Variation theory – teaching by highlighting difference – is growing in popularity among maths teachers in this country. But is this method really new, and could it have wider applications in other...

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What it’s like to teach in… Tajikistan

When I left my remote village to attend college in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I dreamed of becoming an English teacher in Tajik villages. But when I started teaching, I had problems with local attitudes:...

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‘Self-doubt makes me more decisive’

Executive head Kay Charles obsesses over her decisions, compulsively turning them over in her head and playing out every possible eventuality. But far from being debilitating, this self-interrogation...

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