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Child bereavement: #YoureNotAlone

11 October 2017

Children’s Grief Awareness Week takes place in November. Alison Penny looks at how schools can reach out to the significant minority of pupils living with grief


Diary of an NQT: Focus on your work/life balance

11 October 2017

Being keen to please and eager to say ‘yes’ can make achieving a healthy work/life balance incredibly difficult for new teachers. Our NQT diarist reflects on how he is ensuring that the balance is right


At the chalkface: Personal statements

11 October 2017

"All my life I’ve been passionate/obsessed/crazy about something or other. I’m phenomenally interested in early Russian cinema, medieval baroque music, playing the oboe, QPR and making lots of money."





An overhaul of admission appeals?

3 October 2017

More than 60,000 admissions appeals were lodged for the September 2017 intake, with fewer than 10,000 succeeding. Legal expert Dai Durbridge looks at the story behind those numbers and considers whether the current system is in need of an overhaul


At the chalkface: In Defence of Milton

3 October 2017

Milton’s poetry should be done much more in our state schools. Not to do so is a criminal dumbing down. Why should the privileged only hear his lyric grace and thunder?




At the chalkface: The secret teacher

27 September 2017

All heads do now is push pupils out into the world “ravaged and lobotomised to be supplicant to The Man. To the soulless Technocracy”.




The Pupil Premium and family support

20 September 2017

What is it that makes the difference with Pupil Premium students? Analysing his school’s spending patterns, Simon Taylor reflects on the changing ratio between direct learning practices and wider support services





At the chalkface: The first half-term

20 September 2017

Perfect the 1,000-mile stare. Rehearse it in the mirror. You must be a forcefield of terror like Tom Hardy, Mike Tyson or Medusa – that area.



Mental health and character

13 September 2017

The government is to strengthen the role of schools both in preventing mental health problems from arising and in supporting pupils in crisis. Anna Feuchtwang considers the part that character education can play in this new policy


At the chalkface: Exodus

13 September 2017

For many years we didn’t suffer this league table mania. Sixth forms were mixed ability, the syllabus open and thrilling and the pupils bright, sussed and electric.


Diary of a headteacher: Handling the pressure

13 September 2017

When hearing someone suggest that school leaders are ‘only as good as their last Progress 8 score’, our headteacher diarist winced – is this why we came into teaching?


Diary of an NQT: Getting to know you

13 September 2017

Becoming a form tutor has proved rewarding for our NQT diarist, although the role throws up an array of interesting, engaging and sometimes bizarre interactions with students


The time has come for change

13 September 2017

This month the National Education Union came into existence. Dr Mary Bousted sets out its aims and ambitions for the coming months and years

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