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January 26, 2018  

Join the Tes team as we talk about some of the biggest topics of the week. We discuss this week's secondary school league tables, and how the growth of multi-academy trusts has fundamentally changed school governors as we know them. We also hear some advice about how leaders can tackle troublemakers on their senior leadership team. Tune in and enjoy. 


“If you listed everything that all the experts we spoke to as part of the Carter review said was essential for the basic understanding a newteacher needed, it adds up to five years [of training],” states professor Samantha Twiselton, director of the Sheffield Institute of Education, on this week’s Tes Podagogy podcast. “There would be nothing on that list you would disagree with, but it is completely unrealistic [in the timeframe we have].”

Initial Teacher Training is regularly criticised on social media and by some in the DfE, with accusations about ideological bias and ‘missing’ elements. On the latter, professor Twistelton is clear that – as her quote above demonstrates - too much is expected of ITT in the time they have, and she adds that often people misunderstand the timeline of a developing teacher.

“We need a better understanding of the stages of development a trainee teacher will go through,” she says. “Early on they do need lots of practical things, until they have got the behaviour and routines sorted, and know it is not going to go completely wrong for them. We have to recognise that the bigger picture has to come a little later in the course.”

As for the ideological criticism, she explains that the nature of ITT means such a one-sided approach would be impossible.

In a wide-ranging discussion, professor Twiselton also talks about the role of research in ITT, how schools can best support trainees, and the importance of behaviour management quick wins.


January 19, 2018  

Join the Tes team as we talk about some of the biggest topics of the week. We discuss how pay rises of up to 16 per cent for school support staff - including teaching assistants - could result in more redundancies in schools. And we talk about a new survey which looks extensively at what primary school children would like to be when they grow up. Tune in and enjoy. 

January 17, 2018  

“If you are a white teacher in a classroom, you still have a responsibility to think about, teach about, and understand issues of racism,” states Kalwant Bhopal, professor of education and social Justice and deputy director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) at the University of Birmingham.

In this episode, she explains that, too often, issues around diversity and racism are left to BAME teachers to call out. She adds that in everything from behaviour techniques and recruitment decisions to curriculum choices and pedagogy, every teacher needs to have race issues in mind.

“We have to start dismantling and disrupting the social structures that continue to perpetuate the notion of whiteness,” she says. “It is not just the job of the BAME teachers [to think about and tackle race issues], quite frankly BAME teachers need white allies to stand up and say racism is going on. A white person saying that will be seen quite differently to someone like me saying it, I am quite often told I have a chip on my shoulder.”

In a wide ranging discussion, professor Bhopal details how racism can occur in schools, the need for more BAME teachers, and the fact that issues can be worse in schools where there is the least diversity.

January 16, 2018  

In the first Tes FE Podcast of 2018, David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, discusses news and views with Tes columnist Sarah Simons.  The conversation focusses on the government reshuffle, FE in the international market, and post-16 alternative provision. Plus David gives some sound advice on making speedy progress with a can-do attitude: "If someone doesn't say you can't, it means you can!"

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. 


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