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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


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




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