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January 12, 2018  
Join the Tes team as we talk about some of the biggest topics of the week. We discuss this week's cabinet reshuffle and the demise of Justine Greening. We also explore what the appointment of Damian Hinds as education secretary could mean for the sector. We talk about our investigation into multi-academy trust CEOs and explore whether we have reached 'peak pay' for the leaders. And we discuss how wrestling can give you many strengths in the classroom. Tune in and enjoy.

“You can shout as often as you like that ‘x’ should work, but if it is not working while I am teaching, I will do other things that on paper might not be as efficient,” says Dr Christian Bokhove, a lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Southampton and a specialist in research methodologies.

Speaking on this episode of Tes Podagogy, which focuses on spotting research myths and how teachers can be empowered by research, Bokhove explains that the relationship between teachers and education research is a difficult one to get right. On one side, it has huge scope to improve practice; on the other, there are real dangers in how teachers often consume research.

Bokhove – a former teacher - identifies some prime examples of where he feels research has been oversimplified or misconstrued by educators, including popular work from the likes of ED Hirsch and John Sweller. He also details things teachers should look for in research and discusses issues such as publication bias.

December 29, 2017  

In this New Year special edition of the Tes FE Podcast, columnist Tom Starkey (egged on by fellow columnist Sarah Simons), airs his audacious views on everything from edu-tourists to light-fingered students. No fences are sat on in the recording of this podcast.

December 22, 2017  

We discuss the Tes person of the year - former school leaders' union leader and the new boss of Teach First Russell Hobby - and our nine runners-up.

The top 10 most influential figures in education this year range from Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman to Varndean School's resident pygmy goats.

We talk about why these figures were selected and we also discuss some of the most significant education stories of the year.

Tune in and enjoy.


In this week’s Tes Further Education podcast, Sarah Simons and Joe Baldwin, director of learning services at Bridgend College, discuss the £120m national colleges which are proving slow to spark into life. They also look at ways to avoid burnout, inspired by Education and Training Foundation chief executive David Russell. On the subject of Christmas relaxation, one of them will be training for the London Marathon; the other will be sitting completely still. 

December 15, 2017  

Join the Tes team as we talk about some of the biggest issues this week. We discuss the treatment of supply teachers who say their pay and conditions have never been worse - and we explore the ways in which schools have been dealing with spiralling agency costs. We also talk about the government's new social mobility action plan and what it could mean for schools. And we discuss Amanda Spielman's first annual report at Ofsted. Tune in and enjoy.

December 13, 2017  

“The curriculum is quite weird, the learning a certain feature at a certain point, I do not understand that at all,” says Mark Brenchley, associate research fellow at the Centre for Research in Writing at the University of Exeter. 

 He and Ian Cushing, a teaching fellow in English linguistics at University College London, believe that is not the only weird thing about grammar teaching in schools and how teachers perceive grammar. In the 8 December issue of Tes, they detail a number of these aspects and in this episode of Tes Podagogy they build on these and add a few more. 

In an advice-packed podcast the pair discuss how to teach grammar most effectively, what impact grammar teaching has on writing, why grammar is “fuzzy”, how we empower teachers to be more confident with grammarand the delightful sounding “noun-y nouns”. 

December 6, 2017  

The last thing Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), wants teachers to do is to log on to the organisations Teaching and Learning Toolkit and read it like a prescription: do this, then this, this number of times a day.

“We are absolutely not looking to nail what works – there are no absolutes in this,” he explains. “It is always about trying to reduce your uncertainty, to get a bit more confidence about what you do.”

For Sir Kevan, research is only useful when it is viewed in the context of a teacher’s own classroom and is part of a much broader body of knowledge.

He expands upon this theme in this episode of Tes Podagogy, discussing whether research is useful to teachers and how it should be used.

He also tackles criticisms of the EEF’s work, including the use of “months progress” as a measure of potential impact of an intervention, the reliance on RCTs and the lack of analysis of specific SEND interventions.

Across all these themes, though, is an insistence that research is something that should empower teachers, not dictate to them.

“It should be the starting point of a conversation,” he says, “not telling you what to do”

November 29, 2017  

The education author and teacher explains how teachers need to set out and establish routines for learning behaviour so all children can thrive

“Sometimes our most rigorous intentions in the classroom are undone by a lack of the attention to mundane details of how things should go right,” says Doug Lemov.

He details some of the routines that he advocates in the podcast, including ‘cold calling’ and ‘tracking’. He also details the theory behind his work, and  discusses the role of knowledge in learning to read, how to establish behaviour systems and how teachers need to be more appreciated.

 “The best teachers are outstanding problem solvers. They are some of the smartest and most important people in our society,” he says.

The videos Doug mentions can be found here: http://teachlikeachampion.com/blog/videos-go-podogogy-interview/



November 23, 2017  

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

We discuss the Budget, and what it did and did not have to say about education, from teachers' pay to new money for maths.

We also talk about how vulnerable children are being put at risk by the failure of different public services to work more closely together, and explore some work that might help address the problem. 

Tune in and enjoy. 


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