ZINIO logo

Tes 4 June 2021

Tes is dedicated to supporting the world’s teachers. Our mission is to enable great teaching by helping educators find the tools and technology they need to excel, supporting them throughout their career and professional development.

Read More
United Kingdom
Tes Global Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

3 min

“Mr Severs! You don’t remember me, do you?” I looked at the woman speaking and quickly decided she was right: I had absolutely no idea who she was. I stuttered slightly, half smiled, tried to think of a polite way out. But she was already talking again before I could speak. “You used to sit on my knee! And cry for hours,” she said. People were staring now. She had given me a big clue: while I have been known to cry at films like Up and Turner and Hooch, I have tended not to leap into anyone’s lap while doing it. So, I decided, she must have known me while I was a child. I remember very few things from before the age of 10. And unfortunately, this woman was not part of…

2 min
does the appeals rollercoaster need another u-turn?

What’s the appeal of appeals? Fairness is the obvious answer. If you’re unfairly fined for speeding, or unfairly sanctioned at work, or even have had a planning application unfairly rejected, then you should have a right to appeal. The trouble is, the appeals process – designed to remedy unfairness – is sometimes unfair itself. And that can cause a fair old bit of trouble. Take, for example, appealing an exam result. Usually, there is a clear process. You can ask for an admin check in the first instance, or for the paper to be re-marked. Because everyone has sat the same exam, it’s pretty straightforward to compare papers and marking, and come to a fair judgement on the right grade that should have been given. But last year the situation was different, and…

3 min
the growth of international schools presents a world of opportunity

Can anything stop the international schools market? Even a pandemic on a scale not seen for 100 years – since before the first international school even opened (1924, if you didn’t know) – has not hindered its growth. That’s according to data from ISC Research, unveiled at the recent COBIS Annual Conference, which shows that between January 2020 and April 2021 the total number of international schools, run by organisations in all countries worldwide, increased by 0.2 per cent from 12,193 to 12,221. The number of students in international schools rose by 0.9 per cent from 5.58 million to 5.65 million, and staff numbers increased from 525,500 to 548,000. OK, it’s hardly huge growth, but it’s come at a time when international travel has been, shall we say, tricky. Furthermore, Nalini Cook, head…

2 min
the power of a cheery pupil greeting in school assembly

Picture the scene: I was the new headteacher. The children had been back in school for a couple of weeks. They greeted me excitedly every time I went into their classrooms. But I hadn’t had a chance to get the year groups together for a school assembly – always a key moment of community building. With our two key stage 2 classes in one bubble, we checked the risk assessment and decided that we would commence with KS2 assemblies in the hall. And so it came to pass that I stood in front of the children for my first assembly as headteacher and greeted them with an upbeat “Good morning, everyone!” In response I got that famous monotonous chant: “Gooooood mooooorning, Mrs Staaaaaples. Goooooood moooorning, everyone.” A little bit of me died inside. Who were…

5 min
ofsted offers ‘useful’ maths tips but how will teachers find the time?

A review of maths teaching in England’s schools was recently published by Ofsted as part of its ongoing evaluations of different subjects, with the inspectorate already having covered geography and science. One of the core focuses of the review is how schools can work to support those already struggling – something that Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, said must be identified and tackled. “For too many children and young people, maths is mysterious and difficult, and this has implications not just for their future attainment but also for their self-esteem. “Our education inspection framework is clear that schools should ensure the maths curriculum is designed to help pupils to gain increasing mathematical proficiency and build confidence in their ability. “We hope this review is useful to school leaders and teachers as they continue to…

2 min
tes fe 2021 awards: winners raise the bar in a truly challenging year

The further education sector was out in full force to celebrate their best and brightest stars at the Tes FE Awards 2021. Although the ceremony took place online for a second year running owing to the pandemic, the sector did not hold back in donning its gladrags and raising a glass (or several) in honour of its winners and of the sector as a whole. Among the honorees was Stuart Rimmer, chief executive and principal of East Coast College, who was awarded the title of FE leader of the year. He said he was “humbled” by the accolade. “Achievements are built by some amazing teams and I’m fortunate to lead some of these in my college and in wider groups. So it’s those folks who really deserve awards,” he said. “This year, the…