Best Practice


Are free schools achieving their aims?

5 September 2018

The free school programme is a flagship policy of the Conservative government, but eight years on has it achieved its stated policy aims? Jennifer Garry reports on new research into the free school project


The Into Film Festival 2018

5 September 2018

This year’s Into Film Festival takes place from November 7 to 23 and schools can already book their free places. Sam Wilson introduces this year’s programme


Statutory RSE & health education

5 September 2018

The government has finally published its draft guidance for the new subjects of relationships and sex education and health education. Lucy Emmerson looks at how we can prepare


Tes SEN Show: A focus on SEMH

5 September 2018

The Tes SEN Show takes place on October 5 and 6 and will focus on issues relating to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Head of content and chair of this year’s keynote panel discussion, Beverley Walters, looks at the CPD and seminars on offer


The parental view of Scottish education

30 August 2018

A new parental involvement action plan hopes to better involve families in school life. Sam Phipps talks to the National Parent Forum of Scotland about the plan and its other priorities for parents and education


STEM inspiration from TeenTech

30 August 2018

With a new term underway, Maggie Philbin, co-founder of TeenTech, and teacher Margaret Craw explain how the TeenTech Awards are helping schools to change attitudes to science, engineering and technology


Scottish Learning Festival 2018

30 August 2018

The theme of this year’s Scottish Learning Festival is ‘collaborating for improvement’, with the usual range of CPD, seminars and exhibitors on show at next month’s event in Glasgow


Poetic inspiration for new teachers

30 August 2018

To Learn the Future – an anthology of poetry aimed at new teachers – is hoping to inspire and support those at the beginning of their careers. Sam Phipps explains



Learning the risks of porn

4 July 2018

Teenagers are increasingly getting addicted to internet pornography, with dire effects in and out of the classroom. An Edinburgh-based charity is tackling the issue with pilot lessons in four secondaries. Sam Phipps explains


LGBT: Your FAQs answered

4 July 2018

There are a range of LGBT issues and considerations in schools, and teachers may sometimes be unsure or concerned about how best to respond. Adele Bates answers some FAQs...



SEN: Getting SLCN support right in your school

4 July 2018

Effective support for children with speech, language and communication needs is essential, but how does your school measure up? Ten years on from the Bercow Review, Mary Hartshorne looks at the situation today and gives us a checklist for best practice


Aiming for the top: Teaching high-performing students

4 July 2018

Supporting and challenging more able students and students with high prior attainment is essential. With a focus on science – but with some ideas that all subjects can adapt – Helen Webb offers a range of strategies




The influence of the smartphone: Part 6

4 July 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In the final part of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the links between smartphone use and teenagers’ health


NQT Special Edition: Reflecting on your NQT year

27 June 2018

Your NQT year is almost over. It is time to reflect on what went well and areas for improvement and – after taking a well-earned break – plan for September. Dr Bernard Trafford advises






NQT Special Edition: Effective time-management

27 June 2018

Time-management is a vital skill for teachers, especially those new to the profession and certainly for those beginning life as an NQT or RQT. John Dabell offers some advice


Retention: Keeping your teachers

27 June 2018

Retaining talented teachers is a major concern for schools. Liam Donnison finds out about one school’s approach – the creation of an ‘academy improvement group’


The influence of the smartphone: Part 5

27 June 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In part five of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the links between smartphone use and anti-social behaviour

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