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21 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
School meals have improved no end in Scotland – but is progress stalling? │ #4
Free school meals are now offered to every child in the first five years of primary school in Scotland, and school food is much improved from the chips and cheese days of a generation ago. But in the midst of Covid and cuts crises, will the impetus remain for improving the quality of – and access – to school meals? Senior reporter Emma Seith talks about her latest long read for Tes Scotland.
22 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
Has Scotland worked out how to make maths more appealing to teenagers? │ #3
Could a fast-growing maths qualification change attitudes to the subject and overcome the phenomenon of “maths anxiety”? Senior reporter Emma Seith talks about the rise of “applications of maths” in Scotland, and how it makes a more explicit connection between the maths of the classroom and the maths of the world beyond the school gates.
15 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Gaelic-medium education – what does the future hold? │ #2
There is growing demand for Gaelic-medium education and the numbers involved are already far higher than they were a few decades ago, but significant barriers remain to the language’s progress in Scottish schools. In our new episode, senior reporter Emma Seith talks about her long read on Gaelic-medium education and – in the midst of a consultation on a Scottish Languages Bill – the prospects for the language in the years ahead.
38 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
Film Schools: My Old School │ BONUS EPISODE
It was perhaps the strangest story ever reported by Tes in our 122-year history. In 1995, the world’s media descended on a school on the outskirts of Glasgow after it emerged that a teenage pupil called Brandon Lee – or so everyone thought – had actually been a man in his thirties. Now, the bizarre tale makes it onto the screen in a highly entertaining new film, My Old School, which gets its UK release today. We speak to director Jono McLeod – who was also one of the pupils who sat in the same classrooms as Brandon Lee.
17 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
What the 2022-23 school year holds in store │ #1
With the return of results for national exams last week, it may seem like another step has been taken towards a post-Covid normality for Scottish schools – but the truth is far more complex. In the first episode of a new season of the Tes Scotland podcast, Emma Seith and Henry Hepburn talk about their latest long read. They spoke to teachers, school leaders and other key education figures about what lies ahead in 2022-23 – and what needs to happen to make it go as smoothly as possible.
24 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
Film Schools: School of Rock │ #6
In the final episode of Film Schools: what we learn when cinema goes to school, teacher Alan Gillespie talks about the classic 2003 comedy School of Rock, featuring an unforgettable performance from Jack Black as wannabe rock star and (very much unqualified) teacher Dewey Finn. He dupes his way into a job at an expensive prep school where he is aghast at the priorities of his pupils’ families and teachers. Dewey starts out a disgruntled clock-watcher but when he sees the untapped musical talent in his class, it lights a fire in him – and sets off a hilarious and ultimately inspiring chain of events. Film Schools plans to return for another season later in the year.
27 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Film Schools: Mr Holland’s Opus │ #5
In our latest episode of Film Schools: what we learn when cinema goes to school, teacher Kerry Fraser talks about the 1995 drama Mr Holland’s Opus, featuring an Oscar-nominated performance from Richard Dreyfuss as the titular music teacher. The film follows his career over 30 years, from an inauspicious start when he reluctantly goes into teaching to make ends meet, to a rousing finale – he finally sees the profound impact that he has had on countless students.
24 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Film Schools: Freedom Writers │ #4
There are countless depictions of schools and teaching in the movies. In each episode of Film Schools: what we learn when cinema goes to school – a special Tes Scotland Podcast series for the summer – we speak to a teacher about a memorable cinematic depiction of a school and its staff. We look at what it gets right and wrong about teachers and schools – and whether any of the teaching approaches on display are remotely applicable in their own classroom. In our fourth episode, teacher Gillian Freeland talks about 2007’s Freedom Writers, based on real events and starring Hilary Swank as a naive young teacher in California. We see her initial fumbling attempts to connect with a difficult class – but also the ultimate impact of her perseverance, unconventional methods and profound commitment to her students.
33 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Film Schools: Être et Avoir│#3
There are countless depictions of schools and teaching in the movies. In each episode of Film Schools: what we learn when cinema goes to school – a special Tes Scotland Podcast series for the summer – we speak to a teacher about a memorable cinematic depiction of a school and its staff. We look at what it gets right and wrong about teachers and schools – and whether any of the teaching approaches on display are remotely applicable in their own classroom. In our third episode, teacher Athole McLauchlan talks about the classic documentary Être et Avoir, which immerses viewers in the ups and downs of life of a tiny French village school.
24 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Film Schools: Gregory’s Girl │#2
There are countless depictions of schools and teaching in the movies. In each episode of Film Schools: what we learn when cinema goes to school – a special Tes Scotland Podcast series for the summer – we speak to a teacher about a memorable cinematic depiction of a school and its staff. We look at what it gets right and wrong about teachers and schools – and whether any of the teaching approaches on display are remotely applicable in a real-life classroom. In our second episode, teacher Sammy McHugh looks back at the beloved Scottish classic Gregory’s Girl with the benefit of expert knowledge – she actually worked at the Cumbernauld school where it was filmed.
16 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Film Schools: Harry Potter | #1
There are countless depictions of schools and teaching in the movies. In each episode of Film Schools: what we learn when cinema goes to school – a special Tes Scotland Podcast series for the summer – we speak to a teacher about a memorable cinematic depiction of a school and its staff. We look at what it gets right and wrong about teachers and schools – and whether any of the teaching approaches on display are remotely applicable in a real-life classroom. In our first episode, secondary headteacher John Rutter casts a sceptical eye over the pros and cons of working in the most famous wizarding school of them all: Hogwarts.
16 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Single-sex schools | #5
Scotland’s last all-girls state school started taking in boys in 2021-22. Emma Seith visited to find out how the first year of co-ed education went – and to weigh up the pros and cons of single-sex schooling. She speaks to Henry Hepburn, Scotland editor for Tes, about her latest long read and whether single-sex schooling – in Scotland and beyond – is becoming a thing of the past.
19 minutes | May 26, 2022
Cutting teachers’ contact time | #4
A bold move to cut teachers’ weekly class-contact time by 90 minutes emerged just over a year ago – although it was hardly announced with a fanfare. But when will it happen, what obstacles need to be overcome and what impact might it have? Henry Hepburn has explored all these questions in the latest Tes Scotland long read. He talks to Oban High School headteacher Peter Bain – the new chair of the BOCSH group of heads –to get a view from inside schools about just how big a deal it will be to cut contact time.
15 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Executive headteachers | #3
What happens if you bring primary and secondary schools together under one headteacher? Recruitment difficulties and cost pressures are persuading Scottish councils to consider that very idea. Their proposals have fuelled all sorts of concerns, but local authorities insist they are built on a sound pedagogical basis. Tes Scotland’s Emma Seith speaks about her latest long read, which also looks at the increasing demands on heads that may be deterring teachers from venturing onto the path to school leadership.
12 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Two years of Covid | #2
Today marks exactly two years since schools throughout Scotland fell silent. Tes Scotland’s Henry Hepburn and Emma Seith speak about their long read marking the anniversary of that seismic moment, when Covid forced previously unthinkable decisions. They interviewed 10 educators who share remarkable stories about what they have faced and their insight into how education has changed amid the turmoil and trauma of the pandemic. And – as a podcast extra – we also hear from three pupils about their experience of two years of Covid.
15 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
Preference waiver | #1
Many countries have difficulty recruiting teachers to schools away from the largest population centres, but Scotland came up with what looked like a clever solution: pay new teachers thousands of pounds on top of their salary, if they agree to be sent anywhere the country. The so-called preference waiver scheme has been around for nearly 20 years now, but what is it like being sent somewhere you might struggle to find on a map? Does it boost or blight careers? And does the scheme actually work?
57 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Vineet Lal │ #17
The late Saroj Lal was a pioneering teacher in Edinburgh in the early 1970s, as one of the Scottish capital’s first BAME teachers. Her son, Vineet Lal, talks about a remarkable career, the challenges she faced, the progress (or lack of it) made in the half century after she entered teaching, and the campaign to leave a lasting legacy to Saroj’s life.
29 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Ruth Stout | #16
Fair Isle Primary can lay claim to being the UK’s most remote school. Headteacher Ruth Stout talks to us about the joy and unique challenges of a long career on island halfway between Orkney and Shetland in the North Atlantic – and the essential qualities for whoever replaces her later this year.
46 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Billy Burke | #15
Headteacher Billy Burke speaks to us the day after an SQA results day like no other. He talks about how the assessment process differed this year – for better and worse – and what the changes brought about by the Covid pandemic might mean for Scottish education in the longer term.
37 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Adam Black | #14
Teacher Adam Black tells us about being awarded a British Empire Medal for raising awareness of stammering, why his stammer makes him a better teacher, his love of the unpredictability of working in a school, and why his favourite fictional teacher would – you’d hope – never be found in a real school.
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