Tes issue 1 March 2019

Tes - 01 March 2019

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Classroom cheat sheet: should we scrap three-part lessons?

Classroom cheat sheet: Banning three-part lessons

This week: Banning three-part lessons If someone says... "Can’t a week go by without a call to ban something in schools?” You say... “How do you normally plan your lessons?” If someone says: "Starter,...

The latest change to the GCSE resits policy will stand in the way of social mobility, writes Andrew Otty

GCSE resit change will harm social mobility

The golden age of GCSE English resits might be drawing to a close. I may be the only person to ever call it that. But the policy has resulted in real achievements. Learners have got used to the idea...

Teachers checking work emails late at night can lead to broken sleep

Help staff sleep at night – don’t send that email

It’s 10.30pm on Sunday. My phone buzzes: it’s an email, sitting there like an unexploded bomb. It’s from “that parent”. The title? “Urgent!” Opening it would lead to stress, and then forming and...

Boxing might just be the perfect stress-busting exercise for teachers, says Sarah Simons

I’m taking the Rocky road to teacher wellbeing

One of my colleagues exercises six times a week. She always looks sparkly-eyed, and even though she has a dead stressful job, I’ve never seen her with a face on. Is it that she’s got a naturally sunny...


The rise of problem gambling among young people

Gambling is ever-present in young people’s lives, yet there is no requirement for it to be taught about in schools. Dave Speck explores the extent of the problem and meets the campaigners looking to...

Class book review: The Midnight Hour

The Week in Books: 1 March 2019

The Midnight Hour Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder Chicken House, £6.99 ISBN: 9781911490906 This book is an intriguing mystery from start to finish, written with great warmth and humour. You can’t help...

The week in quotes: Tes, 1 March 2018

The week in quotes: 1 March 2019

“It must be time, in 2019, to look at governors’ relevance. It seems to me that the whole idea of governance by a rather random collection of local people might have become a little dated.” Former...

Teachers should use waiting time as a chance to recharge, says wellbeing expert Jo Steer

Waiting time isn’t wasted time

Teachers don’t like waiting. When your to-do list is as long as both arms put together, a delay in action is more than just frustrating: it’s mentally and emotionally distressing. But, according to Jo...

One teacher in The Hague, the Netherlands, talks about what her job is like

What it’s like to teach in… The Hague

As a freelance English teacher in the Netherlands, no two days are the same for me. Over the course of a week, I travel to six schools and see 250 children aged from 10 to 21, in primary and high...

College leaders can earn a fortune while the frontline staff are left to struggle, writes Tom Starkey

Who is really worth £20K a month?

Money is a tetchy subject in education, especially in FE, where it’s harder to come by than coherent information regarding T levels. When a story breaks like the one about an interim college leader...

Grammar school arguments

Why arguments against grammar schools fall flat

Few things will spark an edu-Twitter combustion faster than a thinktank report citing the case in favour of grammar schools, but opponents of the 11-plus blindly ignore the fact that selection is...

Dog ate homework

‘Convince me that homework is worth doing’

As a teenager, Andrew Jones was a self-confessed homework dodger. Now, as an assistant head, could research finally convince him of the merits of home study? Here, he recounts trialling different...

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