At the chalkface: Politics in the classroom

25 January 2017

Do you let Bad Stuff slide? Do you go selectively deaf and move on to the wretched syllabus? Do you permit the impermissible? Even to suggest kindness, compassion and decency seems like a political act these days

Diary of a headteacher: Fair finance?

18 January 2017

When schools are scraping to get by and face severe consequences for poor financial management, it seems deeply unfair that the DfE and EFA are wasting thousands on failing schools...

At the chalkface: Favourites

18 January 2017

They surfaced, like Bill and Ben, from under thick foliage and a large lid. As their tutor and moral icon, I was summoned to give the varmints a grave lecture on their criminal silliness. My heart wasn’t in it. “You know you were laughing, sir.”

Diary of an NQT: Group 9B3

18 January 2017

As a trainee, group 9B3 was the one our NQT diarist dreaded, often being moved to tears. Now she’s a ‘real’ teacher, things couldn’t be more different

The time is now for statutory PSHE and SRE

11 January 2017

The momentum continues to build in the campaign for statutory PSHE and SRE, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw. It seems everyone can see the need for these crucial subjects – except the Department for Education...

Diary of an NQT: Waiting for ‘Mocksted’

11 January 2017

The new term is already proving high-pressure as our NQT diarist faces the prospect of her first Ofsted. Before this, however, will come her first Mocksted…

At the chalkface: The Plan?

11 January 2017

Could we be seduced into concluding that it’s a deliberate Plan? That it’s not the result of stupidity or incompetence, but scheming and calculation – a Plan, moreover, for the destruction of state education

The Philistines are at the gate

4 January 2017

While ministers fight to tell us how important the arts is to education, they don’t practise what they preach. The Philistines are at the gate, warns Gerald Haigh

At the chalkface: The New Year

4 January 2017

“I was going to hit this guy, a very little guy, so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened,” he opined at a rally. Ah, the nuances of Socratic debate.

Putting food on the table

1 December 2016

In the current drive for ‘efficiency savings’ in education, Dr Bernard Trafford warns that we risk forgetting schools’ vital role in the local economy and local life

The demons of low-level disruption

30 November 2016

The worst time of Gerald Haigh’s career was when low-level behavioural problems plagued much of his working life. He looks back and draws some lessons for today’s teachers – and leaders

At the chalkface: Poppy – an average pupil

30 November 2016

The poor mites attended twilight booster sessions, Saturday Morning Intervention classes, holiday revision pogroms, copied parrot answers off the board, bought Bitesize cribs, but, no, I couldn’t shift them.

ICT monitoring: Do you 'spy' on your pupils?

16 November 2016

Does your school monitor pupils’ web use? The Daily Mail this week called this ‘snooping’ and ‘spying’. Pete Henshaw argues why this is an unfair and unrealistic judgement

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