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Tes 14 May 2021

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United Kingdom
Tes Global Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

3 min

Like many others, I started running during the first lockdown. I would reluctantly get up from my desk just before lunch, eat a quick snack and plod my way around the same 5k circuit. I did this every two days, for months. I didn’t do it because I enjoyed running. I hate running. And I didn’t do it to keep fit, either. I did it, mostly, for my mental health. The correlation between physical activity and improved mental health is well established. Exercise brings about chemical changes in the body associated with reducing stress and increasing happiness. And it distracts the mind from catastrophe loops, refocuses thoughts and offers a fresh perspective. Sitting at home all day doing a stressful job made catastrophe loops and frustration common. Going for a run was enough…

3 min
how much are teachers paid? it’s complicated

A particularly misrepresentative undercurrent to the negative press around teachers during the pandemic was the frequent reference to “long holidays” and the insinuation that teaching is a high-wage job. The reality, as every teacher will tell you, is that much of the time in those “long holidays” is spent working and overtime is a scourge of the sector: workload, after all, is one of the biggest issues teachers cite when they leave the profession. To demonstrate just how wrong this public perception is, it is useful to look at the work of Chris Eyre, a senior examiner, who was prompted to calculate a teacher’s average hourly wage after seeing a recruitment advert. “A random scroll one evening led me to a job advert for a teacher paid at an hourly rate…

5 min
study sets out to learn if pandemic has really set new starters adrift

When the new cohort of school starters arrived in their first classrooms in September 2020, many in education were watching on nervously. How had lockdown – and the corresponding lack of nursery time and disrupted home life – affected their social development? Would their language and communication be at a level comparable to previous years’? Would they have the stamina and physical development to cope with the demands of a school day? Watching especially closely to see the effects on those starting school was a group of six researchers tasked by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to answer these questions and more – specifically: “What is the relationship between Reception year children’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic and their socioemotional wellbeing, language and numeracy skills?” Now the team – led by Louise…

4 min
it’s time to reveal the shortlist…

Lifetime achievement The winner of this award will be announced on the night. Best use of technology • Barmulloch Primary School, Glasgow• Broadfields Primary School, Greater London• Cheam Common Junior Academy, Surrey• Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Lincolnshire• St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Cumbria• Stone Soup Academy, Nottinghamshire• The Winston Churchill School, Surrey• West Leigh Junior School, Essex Community and collaboration award • Archbishop Tenison’s CofE High School, Surrey• Ark Walworth Academy, Greater London• Cadoxton Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan• Frances Olive Anderson Primary School, Lincolnshire• Hartshill School, Warwickshire• Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit, Greater Manchester• Sark School, Guernsey• Waterhead Academy, Greater Manchester Classroom support assistant of the year • Kieran Wallbank – Emerson Valley School, Buckinghamshire• Julia Davidson – Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit, Greater Manchester• Lisa Ackley – Ormiston Horizon Academy, Staffordshire• Emma Smythe – Parkwood…

7 min
10 questions with… mehreen baig

Mehreen Baig is a former teacher turned BBC documentary film-maker, with shows such as The Truth About Getting Fit at Home and Islam, Women and Me, shown on BBC One. She also hosts a radio show called The Secret Life of Teachers on BBC Radio 4 and has written her first book, Hidden Lessons, which is out in September. She spoke to Tes about her time in school and moments that have stayed with her, why she went from model pupil to wayward student (and what it taught her), plus why presenting a television show watched by millions is a doddle compared with teaching a class of teenagers. 1. Where did you go to primary school? In Tottenham, which is where I went back and became a secondary school teacher when I was older. I…

4 min
head hunters

Some people think they can spot one across a playground. Some believe selecting one is an art form. Some think you just get lucky. But anyone who has ever sat on a headteacher interview panel agrees that picking a leader for a school is all about prioritisation: no single person can be perfect in every way for the job. That’s mainly because the role is so complex and varied. For starters, you need to be a financial whizz: schools are being asked to do more with less, so an ability to stretch a budget to the final penny is a must. You need to be a master of teaching and learning, too, not to mention skilled in the arts of behaviour management and pastoral care. Then there’s compliance, HR, marketing, communications,…