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NQT Special: Reflections on a busy year

29 June 2016

SecEd’s current NQT diarist is a science teacher from the Midlands. As his first year at the chalkface comes to a close, we asked him to sum up some of the highs and lows...


At the chalkface: Punk

29 June 2016

I remember 1976-78 so well. I was a young teacher in Ladbroke Grove. Suddenly our school was charged with punk energy. It was barmy, stupid, frightening, nihilist, funny, clever and confrontational, an inchoate response to terrible racism, rampant misogyny, class wars – and stupid hippies.





Diary of an NQT: A busy end to the year

22 June 2016

Despite year 11 exam leave, it’s a busy end to our NQT diarist’s year – with CPD, parents’ evening and planning for the next academic year...


At the chalkface: By heart

22 June 2016

The older I’ve got the more relevant it has become. It has served me well for, among things Brexit, tragedies, Nigel Farage, MRI scans, Donald Trump, strokes, and pretty much anything Michael Gove has ever said


Sexual harassment – a key challenge for schools

15 June 2016

Technology and our sexualised society are causing a new crisis of sexual harassment among young people, normalising the objectification of women, blurring lines of consent and warping the understanding of what is ‘normal’. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says the battleground is in our schools




Exams, gaming and inequality

15 June 2016

Inequality and gaming will continue unless the exam system is uncoupled from a school accountability regime restricted by the EBacc, says Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: White working class boys

15 June 2016

I’m reluctant to write about this topic. It’s a can of worms. Everybody gets it wrong. Nobody quite knows. You can end up being condescending, snobbish, generic or just plain ignorant – but here goes anyway.


The gender imbalance in schools

15 June 2016

Is the gender imbalance in teaching linked to the gender imbalance in pupils’ outcomes? It is a question more people are asking. Julian Stanley looks at the role teacher recruitment and retention has to play


Boys on the back foot

25 May 2016

Boys are losing out in our education system and Anna Feuchtwang is concerned that not enough is being done about it



Diary of a headteacher: Squeaky bum time

25 May 2016

Like many others, our headteacher diarist is dreading the prospect of losing key members of teaching staff as the education ‘transfer deadline’ looms



At the chalkface: Of Mice and Men and Gove

25 May 2016

Good classes and difficult classes – especially difficult classes – were mesmerised. Wild boys, who never read a book, listened, rapt. I never got bored reading it for the umpteenth time and they never got bored hearing it for the first.



Diary of an NQT: In the mode pastoral

18 May 2016

As SecEd's NQT diarist finally says goodbye to the first of his year 11 classes, he is also preparing to write his first set of pastoral tutor group reports


Testing: Flogging a dead horse

18 May 2016

With so much testing chaos, Dr Bernard Trafford asks whether ministers will ever admit that the time has come to change our approach


At the chalkface: Mental health

18 May 2016

She also spoke about spiralling poverty and the increase of anxiety, self-harm, anorexia, bulimia, serious depression and suicide. School is driving more pupils mad. She had to go.


Academies: When is a u-turn not a u-turn?

11 May 2016

The national media and many others celebrated the government's "u-turn" over complete academy conversion this week – but what did the DfE actually announce? SecEd editor Pete Henshaw believes it is anything but a u-turn...


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