The Tes Research series: volume one - 60 pages of interviews with acclaimed academics - providing you with the information you need to know about:
Being a research-informed professional: Dylan William, emeritus professor of educational assessment at UCL Institute of Education, talks about the usefulness of the research that’s out there and how teachers are currently consuming it.
How memory works: World-renowned memory researchers Professors Robert and Elizabeth Bjork explain how to match teaching to what we know about how memory works, and why linking learning to a student’s interests and group work is key.
Dyslexia: Professor Margaret Snowling, president of St John’s College Oxford, is one of the world’s leading dyslexia researchers. Here, she addresses myths around the condition and warns that education is still missing opportunities to help support students at an earlier stage.
Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton professor of psychology at Stanford University, is the creator of the highly popular growth mindset theory. Here she embraces the intense scrutiny that the theory has been subjected to and delves headfirst into the questions behind its validity.
The use of play in education: Dr Sara Baker is trying to change perceptions of play in the classroom with her work at Cambridge’s Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Centre. She conducts research into the use of play in schools and believes that we might have been getting it wrong.
How we learn to read: Daniel Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and one of the world’s leading experts on research into reading, talks through the three processes children need to get right to become successful readers and why teachers need to overcome the fact that phonics resources tend to be ‘boring’.
Autism: Uta Frith is one of the world’s leading experts on autism and emeritus professor of cognitive development at UCL. She began studying autism in 1966 when it was an emerging field of research, and says we’re now a much more autistic-aware society, but that myths and misunderstandings still remain, particularly in schools.
This downloadable PDF contains a wealth of safeguarding information from Tes magazine's online safety special, including:
- An exclusive look into the work carried out by the Metropolitan Police's "paedophile unit", tasked with combating online sex crimes against children
- An interview with Lorin LaFave, whose 14-year-old son was groomed online and murdered
- A teacher's guide to the dark web
- What to do when pornography is brought into schools
- How pupils can help you fight online threats
- The student who transformed tech into a way to beat cyberbullying
- An approach to a classroom discussion on the ethics of pornography
This is TES' top 100 books to read before you leave secondary school, as voted by teachers. From The Time Machine to 1984, download this resource to take a journey through the top 100 books teachers have recommended for students at key stages 3 and 4...
TES asked primary school teachers to vote for which 100 fiction books they thought the children in their class should read before leaving. The answers ranged from some classic children's books - such as Beatrix Potter's 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' - to some more modern reads, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Download our poster to see the full list.
Over 20 tip-packed pages! Your differentiation masterclass e-book will give you the practical ideas and strategies to help all your students access learning, covering:
Basic differentiation – from seating plans and planning your groups to confidence indicators, examples and modelling
Supporting less-able students – from sentence starters and writing frames to creating opportunities for success and setting quickly achievable targets
Supporting more-able students – from classroom and intellectual responsibility to socratic and hypothetical questioning and embracing failure
The NQT guide to classroom practice. Whether you are new to teaching or have new teachers beginning at your school this new term.
New teachers share their NQT highs and lows
Making ends meet on a teacher’s salary
Getting to grips with your school’s culture
How to be successful without being perfect
Plus guides to building relationships, dealing with challenging behaviour, mentor relationships, workload hacks and much, much more.
Grammar can be a little daunting for all of us, especially when faced with getting it right or wrong in front of a class of watchful students. Replete with practical examples, this light-hearted look at the ins and outs of grammar will help you to brush up on your knowledge, banish fears and discover how interesting, as well as essential, grammar is.
Over 22 pages, Practical strategies for active learning will help you to embed the principles of active learning into your lessons, covering:
Embedding active learning from encouraging mistakes to incorporating prediction, evaluation, problem-solving and justification into your lessons.
Speaking tasks and group work using contrived speaking and listening, role play, debate, snowballing and jigsawing.
Active activities from making and writing to acting and debating.
Teaching techniques focusing on what you can do to facilitate students taking a more active approach in their work.
The first step to understanding how data can be used to raise achievement is to make sure that you are aware of all the data that your school’s collection facilities provide. This 16 page e-book looks at how to understand data, supporting groups of students and putting data to work.
Are you thinking about taking the next step in your career by getting into leadership, or moving up the leadership ladder?
Then the Tes guide to getting into leadership can provide you with the information you need to achieve your goal.
Divided into three sections, the guide provides insight and advice for those aspiring to be middle leaders, senior leaders and headteachers, including ‘what I wish I’d known’ sections written by leaders who’ve been where you are now.
It also contains sections on moving on from middle leadership, senior leadership and headship, because, we know, your career continues beyond your next role.
Learn how to ace your lesson observations. From conquering the basics to ensuring you succeed with the less obvious elements of good practice, How to excel when being observed will provide you with tips on:
Demonstrating students’ progress
Using starters and plenaries
Good uses of questioning
Developing great teaching habits
Over 20 pages, Getting the most out of gifted students will help you to adapt your lesson plans to stretch your most-able students, covering:
Building in challenge – from setting high expectations to introducing challenge through ambiguity and complex language, providing more information and less context and setting time limits
Extension work – from extension questions and evaluation to peer teaching, translating from one format to another and critical commentary
Higher-level thinking – from banishing cop-out answers and insisting on balanced responses to playing devil’s advocate and making use of ethical dilemmas and riddles
Expanding horizons – from wider reading and independent research to going off-curriculum
Are you and your school struggling to engage some students with Stem subjects?
The Tes Guide to Stem is packed with hints, tips and schemes to help you boost Stem awareness and participation, including:
Intergalactic inspiration to get girls into Stem from Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran
How to making teaching Stem more practical
How to build cross-curricular links between Stem subjects
Lessons to be learned from the Maker Movement in the US
How to use your local university technical college as a resource for Stem
How to build partnerships with business and give students a taste of real science
Plus there’s advice on how you can upskill as a teacher and much more.
All the information you need to plan an exciting, productive and safe trip for your students.
Whether it’s a local day out or a long excursion abroad, this 52-page book walks you through:
Planning the trip
How to get the best out of it
With input from experienced teachers and leaders, it will maximise the impact of any trip you have planned.
Packed with everything you need to know about becoming a parent from the practicalities to the legal obligations that you have as a teacher or as a school leader who has staff preparing for parenthood.
What’s in the Becoming a Parent special issue?
The planning stage: from deciding it’s the right time, to IVF, adoption, parental leave and the tricky moment you tell your class, we’ve got it covered – whether your single, married, civil partners, unmarried or in a same-sex couple.
Pregnancy: we talk you through being a teacher and being pregnant (clue: it’s tough), coping with pregnancy-related illness, and the unavoidable topic of miscarriage.
The arrival: get insight into how being a parent can change you, and what it’s like to be the parent-in-waiting who’s not carrying the child.
Parental leave: we cover the ups and downs of maternity leave, adoption leave, balancing being a new dad with a full-time job and making the most of KIT days.
**Returning to work: **Looking forward to getting back or loving it at home, discover your options from extending maternity leave, phased return and going part-time to finding the right childcare. Plus we’ve got some top tips for your return.
As part of the download you will also get the Tes Early Years supplement. A detail guide to developing language and literacy in preschool children.
Observations are about learning more than teaching. The importance of demonstrating progress during observations can therefore not be overstated. Progress is what observers are looking for; it is considered to be the best indicator of the quality and extent of learning, as facilitated by the teacher. This 14 page e-book includes tips for planning ahead, lesson components and during the observation.
Save time in the classroom and re-claim your social life. Looking for ways to reduce your stress levels and find time to relax and enjoy yourself again?
Time-saving tips for teachers will give you time-saving ideas and strategies for, managing workload, planning and resources, marking and much more.
Mistakes are how we learn. Thinking about mistakes as learning opportunities will have a great impact on your progress as a teacher. This 11 page e-book will help you discover how to embrace mistakes, assess yourself and help students to learn from mistakes.
One thing you can guarantee about your first year of teaching is that you will have to do plenty of marking. While it is important to regularly provide students with relevant and constructive feedback, trying to keep on top of the sheer volume of marking can quickly become overwhelming. This 13 page e-book on marking looks at ways to help with organisation, different tools you can use and some golden rules.
If we want to plan quickly and successfully, we need to narrow things down straight away. This means identifying our learning objective. This 11 page e-book focuses on three sections; parts of a lesson, supporting materials and questions to ask yourself.