Tes Scotland magazine 8 February 2019

Tes Scotland - 08 February 2019

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College lecturers in Scotland have taken strike action over a cost-of-living pay increase

Are colleges serious about avoiding strikes?

Further education lecturers took a second day of strike action in pursuit of a cost-of-living pay increase this week, despite negotiations taking place in an attempt to avert further disruption. This...

The skills you develop as an FE teacher stand you in good stead if redundancy strikes, says Tom Starkey

Being made redundant isn’t the end of the road

I have, unfortunately, found myself on the cusp of being made redundant. It’s a bummer, no doubt. However, there is an upside. Having taught a fair few employability courses (bit ironic), I know that...

Teacher training has changed a lot since Tony Blair was in government, says Rebecca Foster

The gimmicks of teacher training 10 years ago

Cast your mind back 10 years: Blair was out and Brown was in at No 10, Pluto had just been stripped of its “planet” title (in science, if not in our hearts), and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat was. A. Big....

Stephen Petty writes that hi-vis jackets are mysteriously disappearing from his school

The mysterious case of missing hi-vis jackets

There may be weightier crises facing schools, but let’s not forget to record the downright weird stuff going on, too. At my school, we’ve got the strange case of the disappearing hi-vis jackets. The...

Tes book review: The Fork, the Witch and the Worm by Christopher Paolini

The Week in Books: 8 February 2019

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm Christopher Paolini £7.79, Penguin ISBN: 978-0241392362 The novel starts with a tired, overworked Eragon being chastised by Saphira, his dragon, for not taking time...

One teacher reflects on the challenges of teaching in Australia

What it’s like to teach in Australia

Many of Australia’s educational tensions are well known and shared globally: top-down punitive accountability, debates about pedagogy, a climate of competition between colleagues, increasing reliance...

One maths teacher explains the benefits of early-morning revision sessions

Why 7.30am revision classes deliver results

Tick tock, tick tock, the countdown to exams is underway. And so the debates about study support begin. Time is a big issue in teachers’ classes, so how do you ensure that pupils get a chance to...