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February 22, 2018  

In this episode of the Tes FE Podcast, columnist Sarah Simons is joined by FE lecturer, adacemic and master plumber Dr Simon Reddy. They discuss the reality of UK skills shortages, new ways to embrace diversity in FE and how the increase in Levels 4 and 5 could change the professionalism of the sector. Sarah also has a rant about designated "think spaces". 

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February 21, 2018  

“I have some sympathy for people getting nervous when discussing genetics and education,” says Dr Kathryn Asbury, a senior lecturer in psychology in education at the University of York. 

Unfortunately for her, though, she can’t avoid it: Dr Asbury is one of the country’s leading genetics researchers and is co-author of G is for Genes: The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement.

In this week’s Tes Podagogy podcast, she talks at length about why the teaching profession needs to get beyond its nervousness on the topic of genetics. She argues that the problem for teachers is often not the research, but how they fear it may be used.  

She also details common myths around genetics (such a what heritability means), how teachers might take genetics into consideration in terms of pedagogy and also why genetics research demands more diversity of options after education (a theme she also mentions in this Tes article). 

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February 16, 2018  

We discuss the reaction to the DfE's pilot of the new times tables check, and a turf war between Ofsted and the DfE that saw schools get caught in the crossfire.

We also look prison schools: how teachers show kids behind bars that they care, and whether something could have been done earlier in the system to stop them reaching this point.

Tune in and enjoy.

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February 14, 2018  

In this week's episode of The TES FE Podcast columnist Sarah Simons is joined by renowned teacher and behaviour management expert Hilary Nunns. They discuss the latest in the world of FE, including parity between T-Levels and A-Levels, the need for a new vision for adult learning, and the showbiz element of the Ofsted inspection.  

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February 9, 2018  

Join the Tes team as we talk about some of the biggest topics of the week.

We discuss the state of the independent school sector, following this week's Tes Independent School Awards, and concerns about sex education days before a government consultation on the issue closes.

We also ask which books English teachers should set their pupils in key stage 3 to read, now that so many of the usual choices are now covered in key stage 2.

Tune in and enjoy.

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February 7, 2018  

In this week's episode of the TES FE Podcast, columnist Sarah Simons chats with principal and chief executive of The Bedford College Group, Ian Pryce CBE. They discuss how the apprenticehsip levy works across the UK, and ask if improved information, advice and guidance in schools is the way to sort out national skills gaps. They also consider the value of seeing an argument from the opposing side as Sarah bumps into a person on Twitter who got her goat.  

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February 7, 2018  

“The international research is very clear that overall there is no positive impact of setting and streaming on young people’s attainment,” says Professor Becky Francis, director of the UCL Institute of Education.

In this week’s Tes Podagogy podcast, she explains in detail why this might be and reveals just how damaging setting often is for the education prospects of disadvantaged children.

“We find a disproportionate amount of kids from low social economic backgrounds in low sets and streams,” she says. “And we also know that kids in low sets and streams make poorer progress than higher sets and streams. So those children are subject to a double advantage, that is being pushed onto them by the education system. The kids that need the best help and the best practice, are being disadvantaged by grouping practices. This is why grouping is an issue for social inequality. “

In a detailed discussion around setting practices, professor Francis explains where schools often go wrong when setting and the logistical challenges in opting for alternatives. She touches on behaviour, SEN, teaching effectivness and she also reveals that mixed-ability teaching is currently not a valid alternative due to a complete lack of research about how you do mixed-ability teaching well.

“If we are not able to tell teachers what the alternatives look like and provide good quality materials and support and so on, then why on earth would they discard the practice of a life time?” she asks.

Touching on social justice, her current research project pinpointing where setting goes wrong, and a range of other issues including self-perception, motivation and peer impact, it is a podcast that should give you everything you need to know about setting in schools.

 

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February 2, 2018  

Join the Tes team as we talk about some of the biggest topics of the week. We discuss the paradox that despite real-terms per-pupil school funding increasing massively since 1997, schools are currently in deep financial difficulties. We also hear about developmental langauge disorder - a special education need more common than autism, but little known by teachers. Tune in and enjoy. 

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January 31, 2018  

“If you have a child that is more practical, that is not getting there academically, and you do not build their confidence, you do not equip them with life skills, then how have you prepared them for life?”

Alex Richards is the farm manager at West Rise Junior School in Eastbourne. The school is famous for its risk-embracing pedagogy, with students engaged in multiple out-of-the-classroom lessons, predominantly on a large marshland rented from the council.

Since winning the Tes Primary School of the Year award in 2016, it has received a lot of coverage for taking its students shooting and teaching hunting skills and for its headteacher, Mike Fairclough, a self-proclaimed hippy.

But for this episode of Tes Podagogy, I went down to the school to look beyond the headlines, to find out what drives the pedagogical approach and to talk to the children about their experiences at the school.

In the podcast, I chat to pupils, to Mike, to Alex and to other staff members to see how they can manage to balance an academic programme that has put the school (which is situated in a derpived area and has a high percentage of chidlren eligible for pupil premium) among the best in terms of results in the region, and a pedagogy aimed at life lessons, too.

For some photos of the day, visit: http://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/listen-how-teach-a-child-a-lesson-life-tes-podagogy-visits-west-rise

I went down on a snowy day in December and, a warning, the podcast also contains audio of the gutting, cooking and eating of pheasents.

 

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January 31, 2018  

In this week's edition of the TES FE Podcast columnist Sarah Simons is joined by Nafisah Graham-Brown, Head of Life Skills and Community at ELATT.

With the UCU launching strike ballots at 12 colleges, Sarah and Nafisah discuss the the problem of pay in FE, as well as mulling over how apprenticeships can boost social mobility. 

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