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German painting inspires prize-winning student’s ‘Dinggedicht’

German painting inspires prize-winning student’s ‘Dinggedicht’

A student at a Northamptonshire school has won a prestigious prize for a poem inspired by a famous German painting.  Ninety secondary students from across the UK took part in the Dinggedicht Poetry Competition, run by the Institute of Modern Langu…

Emma Lee-Potter, 22nd January 2015
Prime minister joins thousands in signing Anne Frank Declaration

Prime minister joins thousands in signing Anne Frank Declaration

The prime minister has showed his continuing support for Holocaust education by signing the Anne Frank Declaration at 10 Downing Street. The declaration was written by the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1998 and seeks to remind us what can happen when prejudic…

15th January 2015
At the chalkface: Private voices

At the chalkface: Private voices

I’ve been doing a lot of judging over the hols, of a creative writing competition for pupils, taught by teachers I taught. Good eh? We’re passing things on. They seek my dotard wisdom – it gets me out of bed and makes me feel important. …

Ian Whitwham, 8th January 2015
Close the gap with breakfast and a book

Close the gap with breakfast and a book

Research shows that reading for pleasure boosts cognitive development. Combine this with a solid breakfast and we can really help pupils to achieve. Karen Sullivan offers some practical ideas. Over my last few columns, we’ve been looking at the att…

Karen Sullivan, 4th December 2014

Research identifies types of reading that can lead to higher vocabulary

Research involving almost 10,000 people has discovered a connection between reading for pleasure as a child and vocabulary later in life. It has found that reading “highbrow” fiction has the biggest impact on later vocabulary skills, and that…

13th November 2014
School librarian of the year offers tips on engaging with SEN students

School librarian of the year offers tips on engaging with SEN students

The news that Liz Millett had won the School Librarian of the Year 2014 title spread like wildfire around Weatherfield Academy in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. As she received her award from author and artist Chris Riddell at a School Library Association ce…

Emma Lee-Potter, 16th October 2014
At the chalkface: Once upon a time…

At the chalkface: Once upon a time…

I’ve just become a granddad. Hurrah for me – but isn’t this rather outside the parameters of this column? Perhaps, but it does prompt some pedagogical speculation. As I gaze at the swaddled blob, lost deeply in the land of Nod, I wonder …

Ian Whitwham, 16th October 2014

At a glance headlines: October 9, 2014

Curriculum resources based on London's heritage, the annual ADHD Foundation conference, a social enterprise Apprenticeship and a new Shakespeare resource are among SecEd's At a glance headlines for October 9, 2014. ADHD Foundation Annual Conference The …

9th October 2014
Qualifications risk being ‘less relevant’, CBI warns

Qualifications risk being ‘less relevant’, CBI warns

Business leader warns that science and English qualifications risk being seen as 'less relevant' due to reforms, while also calling for a renewed focus on skills, work experience and careers guidance. Pete Henshaw reports. Axing the assessment of both sp…

Pete Henshaw, 18th September 2014
Roll-out of 16 to 19 study programmes ‘too slow’

Roll-out of 16 to 19 study programmes ‘too slow’

The implementation of the new 16 to 19 study programmes in school and academy 6th forms has been “too slow”, Ofsted has said. Last September, a number of changes were made to the education and training of 16 to 19-year-olds. These included ra…

Pete Henshaw, 18th September 2014
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