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Tes 23 April 2021

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Tes Global Ltd
51 Issues

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3 min

In times of stress, I go to the beach. The vastness of the sea is a reliable bringer of perspective. It forces me to pause and bring my fight-or-flight response under control. Soon enough, I can see more clearly what my mind was inflating into a crisis. Usually, it’s not nearly as bad as I feared. I wonder how far teachers – and even the Department for Education – are being permitted these moments of reset. The pressure of catch-up is on and the DfE is churning out the interventions and systems to fix all education’s supposed ills: the long-awaited rollout of behaviour hubs, flexible-working lead schools, a catch-up resources contract, pupil premium changes, anti-bullying schemes – the list is endless (take a look at the Twitter threads our reporters post each…

3 min
‘ta-ra, duck’: the end of classroom pet names?

Go to a certain part of the country and you might be called “duck”. In others, “hen”. Or perhaps, more generally, “pet”. Or, if you were students in Zoe Enser’s classroom, you might be “hedgehogs”, “meerkats” or “armadillos”. The students may have given her the odd quizzical look but Enser says that using fun, quirky terms of endearment such as these has been a great way to build relationships and connect with pupils in a fun and memorable way: “[They] spoke volumes about the relationships we shared and the overall tone of the lesson we were about to have. We went on adventures in English and who knew quite where these stories would take them? It became something they identified with me.” Mostly, she says, the animal names were used as group…

6 min
will the pupil premium changes do more than create extra paperwork?

The government recently announced two major new requirements for its pupil premium (PP) funding. The first is that schools must “demonstrate how their spending decisions are informed by research evidence” and “make reference to a range of sources” in doing so. The second is that by the end of December 2021, all schools must use templated documents to outline their 2021-22 pupil premium strategy, removing the option for schools to choose how they present their strategies. So, what do the new measures mean for schools and will they make a significant difference – or just create more paperwork? Of the two changes, perhaps the most notable is the requirement for schools to reference research that has been used to justify their PP strategies and spending. Yet there has been no direct guidance from the Department…

4 min
this year’s tes fe awards shortlist revealed

Winning a Tes award from the comfort of your own living room does have its benefits, says Helena Good, who was named FE teacher of the year in 2020. “I put on the dress that I would have worn with my slippers, and watched it with all the family on Zoom,” she says. “The lovely thing about it was that, normally, if you win something and you’re with seven other people who haven’t, you’re very aware of that. But when you’re at home, you can scream.” This year, owing to the pandemic, the Tes FE awards will once again be hosted remotely. With so much excellence to highlight across the sector, we hope you will join us in dusting off the glad rags and raising a glass in celebration. Today, we can…

7 min
10 questions with… ruth davies

Ruth Davies is coming to the end of her term as president of the NAHT school leaders’ union during a year like no other, in which the impact of the Covid crisis transformed school life. She has been involved in education for more than 30 years, having begun teaching in 1986. As well as being a primary school leader, Davies, who has twice been president of NAHT Cymru, is headteacher of Waunarlwydd Primary School in Swansea, where she has been since 2002. She has also worked for a local authority literacy team and as a peer inspector for Estyn, the inspectorate for Welsh schools. Here’s how she fared when faced with Tes’ 10 questions… 1. Who was your most memorable teacher and why? My English teacher, Mr Holcroft. He taught me to think for…

7 min
more than bricks and mortar

The notion of “school” is something everyone understands. No one ever asks me what I do as a teacher, because they went to school and had teachers themselves. We all therefore know (or think we know) what schools look, smell and sound like. Our children go to school, too, and so we experience all over again our understanding of the “schoolness” of schools. But, for what have become very obvious reasons – over a much longer time than any of us would have wished for – we have all had to reassess our idea of “school”. School has become the kitchen table, the spare room, the makeshift desk in the shared bedroom. And so, without children in our schools, educators have been thinking about what schools truly are. If schools are no…