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You can’t be what you can’t see

17 September 2019

There are now more girls than boys taking science A levels but we cannot let our on-going focus on providing positive career role models for young women slip, says Edwina Dunn


Exam malpractice: The true picture

11 September 2019

Malpractice by school staff in public examinations always gets media attention, but this leads us to think that it is far more common than is really the case, says Sarah Hannafin






A community focus on pupils’ mental health

9 July 2019

It is starting to be accepted that wellbeing and good mental health should be embedded into the culture and ethos of every school. Amanda Allard asks if things are moving fast enough...




AP and PRUs: The real picture

4 July 2019

Much has been said of late about the role of alternative provision and PRUs – in the context of knife crime, off-rolling and exclusion. Deborah Lawson looks at the real picture...


Character? It is not enough...

3 July 2019

It is true, of course, that delivering effective character education will play a role in raising students’ aspirations and outcomes, but this is not the whole story, says Dr Mary Bousted




Schools should be... left alone

3 July 2019

How many times have we seen organisations, charities and even ministers call for schools to be given a duty to tackle some societal problem or other? Enough is enough, says Geoff Barton


At the chalkface: Where language goes to die

1 July 2019

This once prince of subjects has been eviscerated. Creativity and critical thinking have been junked. Language is rarely subjected to ferocious and forensic examination. At what cost?




Diary of a headteacher: Aiming for the moon

12 June 2019

Slowly and surely the transformation is taking place. After a meeting that will hopefully transform a core part of her school, our headteacher diarist reflects on the importance of aspiration...


Age discrimination: Time to celebrate experience

11 June 2019

Age discrimination is a real threat for older teachers in schools according to evidence from the NASUWT, which is launching a new campaign to tackle the issue. Chris Keates explains



The danger of growth mindset

5 June 2019

Growth mindset theory has dominated education practice in recent years, but its message and application is often misunderstood and misinterpreted, warns Paolo Canonica


NQT Special Edition: Looking back on my NQT year

5 June 2019

This year’s SecEd NQT diarist is a teacher of English from a school in the Midlands. Here she reflects on her first year at the chalkface – the challenges, successes and hopes for year 2


Equality: A fact, not a choice

5 June 2019

The angry protests in Birmingham against schools teaching equal rights are concerning. Paul Whiteman reminds us that every school has a duty to eliminate discrimination



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