Magazine podcast: Hacking, vocabulary, unready leaders

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In this week's episode of the Tes magazine debrief podcast, we discuss: 

  • Why schools were subject to hacking attacks.
  • The link between vocabulary and behaviour.
  • Why some people end up leading by accident.

Listen on Apple, Spotify (scroll to the bottom), Amazon or Google podcasts. 

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Find Tes magazine debrief podcasts from previous issues below...

3 August

In this week's episode of the Tes magazine debrief podcast, we discuss: 

  • Why remembering names of pupils is important – and harder than it sounds.
  • The importance of form time to enhance learning.
  • Why ventilation is such a big issue in school this term – and what can be done about it.

Listen on Apple, Spotify (scroll to the bottom), Amazon or Google podcasts.

Pick up your copy of Tes magazine in all good shops now or subscribe to get it delivered directly to your door, classroom or staffroom. You can also order back copies of the magazine here.

Find Tes magazine debrief podcasts from previous issues below...

20 August

  • Why not all research works in all settings.
  • What are lifelong skills – and do we need to teach them?
  • The perils of teaching a subject that's not your specialism.


13 August 

  • How to create a focused wellbeing approach in school.
  • What a jungle school in Indonesia can teach us.
  • Books that make you feel good and are worth re-reading.

Listen here or search 'Tes Podagogy' on Apple, Spotify (scroll to the bottom), Amazon or Google podcasts.


6th August 

  • Why sometimes less is more for school management.

  • Why telling stories within lessons can help boost learning outcomes.
  • How to use creativity to bring maths to life.
  • How to make Cornish pasties


23 July

  • The value of playtime – for socialisation and education
  • Why we should talk about careers with students
  • How teachers can make learning spelling more fun and engaging for pupils


16 July

  • How can we motivate boys to achieve girls' level of attainment?
  • How to tackle staff conflicts fairly
  • Using words to reframe how we perceive difficulties – in life and in lessons

9 July 

  • What it's like being at school with a sibling – and what teachers should do about this

  • Is teaching to the test really such a bad thing?
  • The art of decision making
  • The next My Best Teacher podcast


2 July edition

  • How teaching styles is down to teacher preference
  • Why the future of construction is tech-based
  • What you need for successful sixth-form leadership
  • Careers advice for our youngest learners 

25 June edition

  • How keeping students back a year might create more problems than it solves
  • Why schools need to tackle 'rape culture'
  • Is dance is the most dreaded PE lesson?
  • Our favourite songs to dance to

18 June edition

  • How students of practical subjects are being taught to spot domestic abuse
  • Why one school has put culture on the dinner menu
  • How rules can improve meetings
  • Quiz on the origins of our favourite foods

4 June edition

  • Why stereotypes around the pupil premium must be banished
  • How to teach evolution to both primary and secondary students
  • What the Early Career Framework means for education
  • Tales of woe from the first day on a new job

28 May edition

  • Why don't boys like asking questions? And what can we do about it?
  • How a school made a policy of zero exclusions work for everyone
  • The next My Best Teacher podcast

21 May edition

  • The rise of teacher influencers on social media – and what schools should know
  • The art and craft of writing
  • Retrieval practice – how to make a success of it
  • We test our own memories, with mixed results


14 May edition

  • How to broach the issue of body odour in school
  • The qualities that school leaders need – and why they are hard to spot
  • The power of sport to drive school improvement
  • Would you be friends with your former self?


7 May edition

  • Long Covid – what schools need to know and why
  • Why talking about voting is increasingly relevant in FE and sixth form
  • What schools can learn from tribes in the Congo jungle


30 April edition

  • Why words like 'sassy', 'bossy' and 'feisty' should be used with caution in schools
  • The perils of too many technology devices in your classroom
  • How to react when a staff member makes a mistake
  • Our favourite sketches from The Fast Show

23 April edition

  • How you can make your students more hopeful
  • Talking with students about activism and protests
  • Managing new staff members' keenness


16 April edition

  • How our knowledge of tutoring may change forever after the National Tutoring Programme
  • Why disabled teachers can be such positive role models for all pupils
  • How leaders need to look after their own wellbeing to be at their best for their school
  • Our memories of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

9 April edition

  • How best to teach times tables – and our favourite multiplication sums
  • Why it's important that edtech gains over the pandemic are not lost
  • Overcoming presenting nerves when talking to other teachers
  • Bear Grylls' time at school

2 April edition

  • Should exams have time limits?
  • Getting parents on board with maths teaching
  • How to use nudge theory to influence pupils' behaviour
  • Spotting girls with ADHD


26 March edition

  • How crisis fatigue can affect teachers – and what leaders can do about it
  • The balance between simplistic language and complicated language (and how to know when to use which one)
  • Why the A-level step-up can be hard for students and teachers



19 March edition

  • The biggest insights from the past 12 months of Covid
  • When we realised how big an impact the coronavirus was going to have on education
  • Why documenting teachers' experience of the pandemic is so important
  • Could there be a leadership exodus as normality returns?
  • A (sort of) impossible maths quiz


12 March edition

  • What will the Covid vaccine rollout mean for schools?
  • The science behind silence in the classroom
  • Why not all feedback is equal


5 March edition

  • What do we really mean by catch-up, anyway?
  • How to spot a sociopath or psychopath in your workplace
  • Why the quiet children are finding their own way – as a rock star tells us

26 February edition

  • Can we do away with grades forever?
  • Why analogies can work wonders – and when they fall short
  • How to teach creativity
  • Going back to full schools from 8 March


19 February edition

  • Why do some pupils struggle with exams?
  • An alternative way to teach spelling
  • The joy of laminators
  • The next My Best Teacher podcast

12 February edition

  • What do we mean when we ask pupils to 'put in more effort'?
  • Masculinity in primary school
  • Starting lessons with something different
  • 90s playground games

5 February edition

  • Are lesson observations really that helpful?
  • Practical ways to save money in school
  • The joy of reading corners

29 January edition

  • What schools can do to support teachers suffering through menstruation
  • Why rote learning sometimes has its place
  • Phonics and spelling
  • Radical candour – and why it should be on leaders' radars

22 January edition

  • Can you really measure four-year-olds’ academic progress?

  • How to spot if you’re being manipulated
  • What causes uncontrollable classroom laughter?
  • An insight into the next My Best Teacher podcast


15 January edition

  • Why we need to understand the mind and the brain together
  • Does a headteacher need an office?
  • The worrying problem of revenge porn and how to tackle it
  • The school in Japan that promotes a sense of adventure


8 January edition

  • Are reading ages useful for teachers – and children?
  • Pupils going shoeless in the classroom
  • Why we blush – and why it's not something to overlook in school
  • We discuss some of our best teachers ahead of the launch of an exciting new podcast from Tes...


1 January edition

  • Is it ever OK to swear in school?
  • Would you want a robot AI reader helping pupils in your class?
  • Can a dictator leadership style deliver results?


18 December edition

  • The Tes Person of the Year 2020 – and some of those who made the shortlist, too
  • This issue of Tes is free to access online as well, so you can read the full top 10

11 December edition

  • How teaching changed forever in 2020
  • The social perils of secret Santa
  • How to make your primary classroom gender-neutral
  • Our favourite childhood toys


4 December edition

  • How schools can work with other agencies to support all pupils
  • Why the state of your school toilets matters
  • Can we ever solve the motivation conundrum?


27 November edition

  • Is learning an innate skill inherited from prehistoric times?
  • How to spot if there are SLT "gangs" at your school
  • Teachers’ most overused words

  • How fancy – or not – should your classroom greetings be?


20 November edition

  • What happens if you teach university-level content to Year 7s?
  • Why every school needs a “behaviour beast”
  • Should sex education continue in post-16 education?
  • Why a new mug could be the perfect gift for teachers

13 November edition

  • The complex causes of distractions in classrooms – and how to stop them
  • Why doughnut leadership is a must
  • How to cast your nativity play more fairly
  • The launch of a Tes Christmas initiative connecting classrooms to care homes

6 November edition

  • The self-diagnosis crisis hitting schools
  • Why smiling – even fake smiling – is so important in teaching, and what face masks do to disrupt that
  • How Covid-19 restrictions are hitting the social fabric of colleges


30 October edition

  • A huge forgotten research project from the 1970s proved the value of Direct Instruction – or did it?
  • How we can use our fists to teach pupils to regulate their anger
  • The funny walk we all do as we approach a stage
  • Teachers’ scariest school moments ahead of Hallowe’en

23 October edition: Prejudiced pedagogy, display boards and behaviour


16 October edition: Children, chairs and cake

9 October edition: Comfort feedback, pointing and pens


2 October edition: EYFS, plants and lying


25 September edition: Slant, nonsense and rude words


18 September edition: Trust, popularity and make-up

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