The TESS Archive - 13 December 2002

21st December 2012 at 00:00
The month Paula Radcliffe won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, two months after breaking the marathon world record, and Joe Strummer of The Clash died of a congenital heart defect at the age of 50

Men on the way out as teachers

- Startling figures from the GTCS confirm that men could soon be a rare breed in the staffroom, with even that bastion of male domination - the secondary headship - threatened by creeping feminisation. Analysis of this year's 2,286 one-year probationers reveals that there are no new male teachers in six local authorities.

'Axe boards' call backed

- The leader of Scotland's directors of education has put his weight behind the scrapping of school boards as they are presently constituted. "There are large groups who feel excluded from boards," said ADES president Fraser Sanderson. "There is also still a lingering suspicion of boards stemming from their origins at the time of the opting-out policy, and that is reflected in the varying support for boards in some parts of the country."

Scepticism over technology stays

- The use of information and communications technology has been increasing - but many teachers are still sceptical. A major Scottish research report found that, while teachers acknowledged the classroom of the future would be different, 49 per cent of secondary teachers and 40 per cent of their primary colleagues believed the importance of ICT had been greatly exaggerated.

Award for top trainee

- This year's winner of the major prize for talented and promising trainee primary teachers is Lorraine Smith, who now teaches at Inverbrothock Primary, Arbroath. Her thesis on "Effective grouping strategies within ICT" was judged the best undergraduate submission for the George D. Gray CBE MA award. She concluded that most learning progress is made when pupils work in pairs.

Lighthouses to guide boys

- The Australian government has given $4 million (#163;1.4m) to 30 "lighthouse" schools in an attempt to improve boys' education. Federal education minister Brendan Nelson said the schools would act as champions and demonstrators to disseminate "best practice boys' education" to schools around them. Each primary and secondary will receive up to $60,000 (#163;21,000) to document its activities and demonstrate how it achieves the best for its male pupils.

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