Tes 1 October 2021

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3 min

Sitting in the reception of a school last week, I caught the end notes of an assembly before perfect lines of children started to file past me. In the middle of the third group, a small boy, maybe 7 years old, noticed my presence and, wide eyed, stage-whispered to a friend: “That’s a new teacher!” Alas, no: just a journalist clutching at the vapour trails of that powerful mix of feelings that teaching must induce – pride, curiosity, excitement, frustration, joy – and wanting to experience that ride, too. Since I started at Tes in 2012, visiting schools has been a perk of the job. I love the feeling of stepping into the current of a timetable and being swept along, bobbing between classrooms and in and out of the eddies that…

2 min
what’s the story with reading aloud?

There was a time during the pandemic when public performances that involved powerful exhalation became decidedly unwise. Collective singing was very much not the done thing and dramatic readings of prose to a crowd were also put on pause. Unfortunately, that meant the practice of reading aloud to pupils in classrooms was cast in doubt, too. Thankfully, this school year, the reading together of the class book is very much back in full swing. Teachers are once again channelling their favourite Jackanory or CBeebies Bedtime Stories (delete as applicable) performances and bringing literacy alive for their students. But a new study may be about to scupper the show for some: a trial is set to explore which techniques used by teachers when reading stories aloud have the greatest impact on pupil progress. The Story Time Trial,…

2 min
ecf teething issues see teachers baring their fangs as workloads rise

“Am I the only one that thinks that there is a lot of extra work for ECTs [early career teachers] to do?” asked an assistant headteacher recently on edutwitter. The number of likes this tweet received – as well as the countless similar tweets circulating about the new Early Career Framework (ECF) – proved that, no, she was not the only one. The introduction of the ECF was always going to be a big change for schools. In a bid to improve the quality of teacher training, the newly qualified teacher period has increased from one year to two; NQTs are now called ECTs; and extensive mentoring is at the heart of the programme. As with any new framework, the implementation is experiencing teething problems. But the major concerns for mentors and mentees…

5 min
10 questions with… gordon buchanan

Gordon Buchanan is a wildlife documentary maker and photographer who has hosted numerous shows on the BBC, often following the lives of animals from close quarters – leading to some unforgettable moments with wolves, bears, elephants and much more. He spoke to Tes about how his time at school shaped him, a memorable trip to Germany, why he still hates his times tables, and why taking home economics led to a lifelong passion for cookery. 1. Where did you start your education? I started primary school in Dumbarton, not far from Glasgow, and I went to Aitkenbar Primary School. Then we moved to [the Isle of] Mull for Primary 3 [Year 2], so most of my primary schooling was at Tobermory Primary School. 2. Were there any teachers there whom you remember well? The first…

6 min
strip away the emotion and show the treasury the logic of a pay rise

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is in the middle of considering the many competing bids to secure funding from the government’s Spending Review this autumn, as well as charting the course for the next three years. Teachers have a strong case for arguing that a series of highly competitive pay offers needs to form a key part of those plans. To achieve this end, the sector must make the case with vigour and a united voice. Of course, teachers and their representatives may be tempted to make an emotional case for a pay rise. The view that teachers have had a tough time during the pandemic, and deserve a pay rise for their hard work and dedication to young people, is comforting – and true. However, the approach taken should be based on…

2 min
nick gibb fires parting shots at ‘siren voices’ and ‘progressives’

Former schools minister Nick Gibb has urged the new ministerial team at the Department for Education to ignore the “siren voices” lobbying to abolish GCSEs, saying such a move would be “dismal and unambitious”. Mr Gibb, who was ousted in last month’s reshuffle, also said it would be a tragedy if the government halted its planned reform of teacher training. And he claimed that the creation of new free schools would be just as important as the £3 billion of extra funding that is being provided to ensure that children in the most deprived areas catch up following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Gibb has been in government for most of the past decade, having first been appointed in 2010. He defended his record in an article for the Conservative…