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November 16, 2018  

In this week's episode, Tes deputy FE editor Julia Belgutay, chats with columnist Sarah Simons, direct from Worldskills Live UK

November 13, 2018  

“We need to make our learning authentic, we need to be able to see how it is applicable to real life, and in curriculum all around the world we are failing to do that,” argues Cecilia K Y Chan, head of professional development and an associate professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong.

Chan is the guest on this week’s Tes Podagogy podcast and she discusses curriculum choices at length: what we are teaching now, why we make those choices and what impact those choices have on the happiness and future prospects of the current crop of school-age children.


November 9, 2018  

In this week's Tes FE Podcast, Sir Alan Tuckett, professor of education at the University of Wolverhampton and former NIACE chief executive, discusses the drop in participation in adult education with Sarah Simons.

November 9, 2018  

Join the Tes team as we discuss what a major international survey tells us about the pay and workload of teachers in the UK.

We also talk about what working in a multi-academy trust can mean for classroom teachers, and what effect it has on their professional autonomy.

We also consider advice in this week's magazine about how to build a primary school curriculum.


“Being autistic is not necessarily disabling,” explains Dr Luke Beardon. “Instead, it is a disadvantage. And is that disadvantage a result of being autistic, or is it a result of being in a certain environment?”

Dr Beardon is certain it is the latter. He is a senior lecturer working within The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and on this week’s Podagogy podcast he explains why he believes autistic children have an unnecessarily challenging time in school.

“Being a teacher and having that level of expectation to engage with the autistic community without really good solid levels of support is massively unfair on the teacher, the child and the family,” he explains. “But there is no doubt we are failing these kids.”

He discusses how we combat this. He offers three golden rules to support autistic students and offers a huge amount of advice to teachers on everything from pastoral care to academic support to behaviour. 

November 2, 2018  

Join the Tes team as they analyse a Budget that angered schools with the promise of £400 million to buy "little extras".

We also discuss how Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman is continuing to flex her muscles, this time by creating a new group of 'stuck schools' and entering the debate about home education.

And we also outline some wellbeing tips teachers have been sharing with Tes using our Smile Until Christmas hashtag.

November 1, 2018  

In this week's Tes FE Podcast Sarah Waite, a former government policy adviser, maths teacher and Teach First ambassador who has set up Get Further, an organisation to support young people with GCSE English and maths re-sits, joins Tes columnist Sarah  Simons. They discuss the teacher recruitment crisis in FE, as well as how to develop effective re-sit interventions. 


“Children do make choices to misbehave,” states professor Essi Viding, “but the tools they bring to make the choices are different. Someone who has very stable developmental history is making a particular choice with a completely different toolkit than a child who has a unpredictable developmental history.”

Viding is professor of Developmental Psychopathology at UCL and, together with professor Eamon McCrory, professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL, she studies the impact of trauma on a child’s behaviour at the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at UCL. Speaking on this week’s Podagogy podcast, they explain how trauma impacts development, how this affects behaviour and what teachers can  - and should - do about it.

October 26, 2018  

Join the Tes team as we discuss the decline of the International Baccalaureate, and how the spotlight has focused on SEND funding ahead of the Budget.

We also enjoy the small acts of kindness by pupils that have given teachers some of their favourite classroom memories.

Tune in and enjoy.

October 22, 2018  

In this episode of the Tes FE Podcast Sarah Simons is joined by Clare Howard, chief executive of Natspec, the membership association for organisations that offer specialist FE and training for students with learning difficulties or disabilities. They discuss reasons for the rocketing numbers of post-16 providers for students with special educational needs and disabilties and ask whether it represnets and increased focus on SEND or a fragmented sector. 


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