“The distinction between what are known as higher elementary and secondary teaching respectively is the vital matter to appreciate. Elementary teaching cannot give an outfit for life. It is in its nature preparatory; and when it ceases to become preparatory it merely supplies uncorrelated knowledge and an education leading nowhither.”
One hundred years on, we take for granted the universal secondary education for which the TES leader column quoted above was arguing, but as a publication TES takes education just as seriously now as it did then.
TES has been reporting on schools for 105 years. It was a newspaper for the first 101 and, despite the name “Times Educational Supplement”, was in fact a supplement to The Times for only the first four (for the avoidance of any doubt, TES isn’t owned by The Times and hasn’t been for 10 years).
Four years ago, it was relaunched under the acronym TES, in a large magazine format accompanied by a newspaper for job adverts.
This week, there is another transformation to a more compact format with all the job ads contained within a single publication – just as they were more than 100 years ago. The content has undergone a subtle shift to give school leaders and staff the intelligence, insight and information they need to do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible, with new columnists, management guidance and expert advice.
But this is just the latest in a series of upgrades in recent years. Just like education, TES has embraced digital technology and can be read in a number of ways: in traditional print, in an app and online.
All the exclusive news and opinion that readers have come to expect from TES can be found at our mobile-friendly news hub. Here you can get constantly updated education news whenever you want, wherever you are, on whatever device you are using.
The TES app, which is free to access for this week only, features all the magazine and online news, as well as a whole host of extras, such as video and other enhanced content.
And in recognition of the challenges leaders are facing, we are launching a leadership subscription service. This will provide a number of copies of the magazine for distribution to staff and governing bodies, as well as a weekly email leadership briefing, white papers and webinars on issues schools are grappling with (beginning with pregnancy discrimination on 20 November at 7.30am). Plus we have a forum of experts to answer tricky questions on topics such as finance, law, HR, pensions, estates, risk management and strategic planning.
What is not changing, however, is what we stand for and who we represent. TES is proudly independent and politically neutral. We support no political party and have no political agenda. We aim to hold the government of the day to account, whatever its hue.
TES will continue to be a broad church, reporting on a range of education issues and representing the views of all those working in or with schools, agnostic of structures and sectors. More than half our content is written by education professionals and we will continue to give them that voice through our platforms.
We will continue to provoke, to challenge, sometimes to irritate, but most of all to make our readers think and question. One century on, there will be no place for “uncorrelated knowledge and an education leading nowhither”.