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Tes 11 June 2021

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3 min

Sir Kevan Collins is a difficult interview. The former chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, who last week resigned as education recovery commissioner, is not evasive. Instead, he is clinical and focused; no word is spoken without its contribution to his main objective being weighed up. That he can be warm and fantastic company at the same time is a marvel, even if he does leave you struggling to adorn your piece with colour. What is that objective? For Sir Kevan, improving the lives of disadvantaged children is always paramount; everything else is noise. So he has no interest in giving you anecdotes or personal revelations, as those are a distraction from the important stuff: the stories of the swathes of children left behind by education with no coherent government…

3 min
do summer-born children need more school support?

If you believe the research, the next three months are a bad time, educationally, in which to be born in England. By the time that children born during this period reach school, they will be nearly a year younger than the oldest children in their class. Academically, socially and emotionally, this puts them – according to the evidence – at a disadvantage. Teachers have long noticed this issue and schools have tried various means to tackle it: adapted progress measurements, catch-up interventions and more. Yet they also know that general assumptions about children with birthdays during this period are dangerous – some children born in August experience no educational challenges at all, while some born in September do. (In Scotland, the traditional cut-off point is the end of February.) New research from…

2 min
take a new path through the career labyrinth and it may a-maze you

There is an assumption that a “good” career path goes from classroom teacher to headship via stints in middle and senior leadership. Increasingly, though, a teaching career isn’t a straight line, but more of a labyrinth. Many paths may lead you to a hugely rewarding end – and one you’d never imagined. What might some of those paths be? 1. Explore new in-school roles A huge number of new roles are emerging in schools: research leads, project leads linked to specific contextual needs, coaches and more. From learning how to manage change, to developing people and exploring the best bets in pedagogy, these roles can be invaluable in developing your school and yourself. 2. Work for outside organisations Working with exam boards can be a great way to develop your career. Opportunities to train…

2 min
how to leave your job well

Leaving is never easy. It’s a mixture of excitement, emotion – and admin. But note, while the first impression you make in a job is vital, it’s just as important to leave a positive “last impression”. 1. Plan your goodbyes Make a list of everyone you want to say goodbye to, from the guy in the print room to the staff in the canteen, the trusty teaching assistant, your line manager, the librarians, the school counsellor and, of course, the students. Then plan what you’ll say, and mean it. It’s easy to think that you’ll remember everyone and come up with the right words in the moment, but it’s harder than you think. Don’t underestimate how much people value your gratitude and acknowledgment. 2. Be respectful We leave for a variety of reasons and,…

5 min
catch-up funding: how england is falling behind other nations

When the government unveiled its £1.4 billion catch-up plan last week, it is fair to say that not everyone was thrilled. Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT school leaders’ union, described the sum allocated as “paltry” and dubbed the plan a “damp squib”, while Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said it was “a hugely disappointing announcement”. For Sir Kevan Collins, the figure was so low that it led him to step down from his role as education recovery commissioner, stating: “I do not believe it is credible that a successful recovery can be achieved with a programme of support of this size.” Amid the fallout following the announcement, many observations were made about how the scale of the funding compares with other major nations, given…

6 min
10 questions with… doon mackichan

Doon Mackichan is an actor known for appearing in a huge array of shows, including Smack the Pony, The Day Today, Plebs, Two Doors Down and Toast of London. She has also starred in numerous stage shows across the UK. She spoke to Tes about her school days in London and Scotland, including how her English teacher, Mr MacKay, helped uncover her natural acting talents, how she used her comedy impressions to impress other pupils and a very surreal trip back to her former school. 1. What are your memories of primary school? Primary school wasn’t the best. I did feel a bit like the girl on the edge of the playground. I don’t know why but I found it quite hard to fit in. I remember once getting out of the car and…