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At the chalkface: The exams van

25 June 2015

But who could it be? Who are the villains? And what could be their motives? Disenchanted teachers for whom the exams are rubbish and landfill? A St Trinian’s scam? A Molesworthian lark? A rival exam board? Management hitmen dreading Special Measures? Or f





Our hard-won rights are under attack

18 June 2015

Our rights are hard won but easily lost. Chris Keates warns against the government’s stifling of opposition and attacks on social justice



Diary of an NQT: Year 8 rescue!

18 June 2015

As the term draws to a close, our NQT diarist is focusing on finally getting on top of behavioural issues in one of her year 8 classes



At the chalkface: Core Values

18 June 2015

I keep seeing Secretaries of Education – past and present, Gove and Morgan – jogging through the streets of West London. Is this a medical condition? Some kind of post election trauma? A Freudian hallucination? Are they fleeing stampedes of raging teacher


Fighting the ‘me-first’ culture

11 June 2015

Looking at social and mainstream media, it’s hard to believe that altruism still exists. Marion Gibbs argues that it is for schools to help redress the balance





At the chalkface: Facts

11 June 2015

That’s what really irks. Let me run some other brute facts by you, in no particular order. Refute them, if you can. Inequality rules. It’s bad for all of us. It’s getting worse. Poverty kills. It’s getting worse. Poor children do worse than rich children.






Diary of an NQT: An NQT Audit

4 June 2015

As the year reaches its climax, an NQT Audit offers the opportunity for our diarist to reflect on her progress, the support and CPD she has had, and areas for future focus



Mobile phones: To ban or not to ban…

4 June 2015

A recent research report suggests that banning mobile phones in schools will improve exam outcomes – but it is not as clear-cut as that, says Gerald Haigh


At the chalkface: Awopbopaloobopawopbamboom!

4 June 2015

We didn’t “do” the Beatles. They were banned. Too much fun. We tried to grow mop tops to drive the High School girls mad with desire. To very little avail. This was also banned. We were carted off to matron, who came down on our trespassing tresses like D


Academy reforms: You and whose army?

2 June 2015

You and whose army? The powers and allies that Nicky Morgan will need to implement her planned reforms of school governance and leadership will prove challenging says Roger Inman


Make a Noise about Bullying

21 May 2015

Is your school a ‘talking school’, where students are empowered to speak out about bullying, wherever they see it? Anna Feuchtwang explains

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