Tes issue 15 February 2019

Tes - 15 February 2019

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Should school start later to cater for 'night owl' teenagers?

Classroom cheat sheet: Later school start times

This week: Lie-ins for teenagers? If someone says... “Am I right that there’s actually a petition going around to start the school day later?” You say... “Yep! No surprise that it was started by a...


Creative ways to foster students’ originality

While innovation and originality are desirable in schools, how can this be taught? Chris Parr talks to psychology professor Stellan Ohlsson about helping young people access their inner muse

Working in a school or college labelled 'inadequate' by Ofsted leaves its mark, says Andrew Otty

I still bear the scars of an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted

Here are five signs that, like me, you used to work somewhere that was judged “inadequate” by Ofsted: You pile exercise books in order from best to worst “Ah, Jamie, excellent work today.” That’s one...

Teachers need to find time for 'play' in order to boost their creativity and problem-solving, says Dr Stuart Brown

It’s not just the kids who need playtime

We know that all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. But what may come as a surprise is that play is just as important whether you’re aged 8 or 48. As adults, we’re often quick to disregard...

Smelling salts

Mock horror! How to bounce back from bad test results

The worst happens: your students’ prelim results are dire. The exams are looming. What the hell are you going to do? (Other than sing “it’s a hard mock life”?) Well, you could read assistant head Mark...

College support staff are to vote on industrial action

Support staff to vote on strike action

Support staff at colleges are one step closer to taking to the streets to strike about pay. During a consultation exercise last month, just under 11,000 college members of trade union Unison were...

Light in the Night

The Week in Books: 15 February 2019

The Light in the Night Marie Voigt Simon & Schuster, £6.99 ISBN: 978-1471173264 Usually, after reading a new story, I would ask the children to rate it out of 10, but, on this occasion, there was no...

Tes Week in Quotes: 15 February 2019

The week in quotes: 15 February 2019

“The phrase should serve as a reminder that the vast majority of pupils can be reached. It may take time, it may be intermittent, but where they behave for someone, there is hope.” Secondary teacher...


What it’s like to teach in Rome

Classes begin at 8.30am but we have many students who arrive early by bus and others are dropped off early so parents can get to work. I open the library at 8am so they have a warm, friendly place to...

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