Fifty years of comprehensive education...

25 August 2015

In 1965, local authorities were invited to put forward plans for ending selective education. Fifty years on and Alex Wood considers, from the Scottish point of view, how the comprehensive system has developed

The diary of a new teacher

25 August 2015

Across Scotland, newly qualified teachers have this month begun their first term at the chalkface. Alison Wood discusses her hopes and fears for the year ahead

Is there a recruitment crisis?

24 August 2015

Following reports of the recruitment and retention crisis in England, Julian Stanley asks if there is a problem in Scotland too

Reversing the modern language trend

24 August 2015

With a focus on Mandarin, Dr Judith McClure discusses the need for local partnerships to inspire pupils to take up languages – an essential skill for the 21st century

Child poverty pledge 'significantly off track'

3 July 2015

With 3.7 million children still living in poverty, Megan Jarvie warns ministers who might be tempted to welcome the latest figures showing that child poverty has not risen in the past year

A final word before retirement

2 July 2015

After more than 11 years writing the Independent Thinking column for SecEd, headteacher Marion Gibbs retires this summer. In her final article, she focuses on the obsessions of politicians and what real education is

At the chalkface: See you then, sir...

2 July 2015

Some don’t go. Major scamps, who’ve spent half their lives trying to bunk the place, hang about the school gates. You watch them finally fade into our ever-darkening world. Still, get a grip, there’ll be a new lot in September.

It’s time to step back

2 July 2015

After four years of writing this column, Alex Wood is stepping back. He leaves us with a final message of support and aspiration for our teachers

Some end-of-term inspiration

2 July 2015

From Nelson Mandela to your fellow teachers – Julian Stanley offers us some messages of support and inspiration at the end of a long year

Academisation at any cost...

2 July 2015

Instead of tackling the recruitment and funding crises, the latest Education Bill continues the government’s obsession with academisation at any cost, says Christine Blower

Fertility on the curriculum?

25 June 2015

Learning about fertility is not just important in tackling teenage pregnancies, argues Anna Feuchtwang

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

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