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At the chalkface: Election day dreams

7 May 2015

Midnight will approach. Optimism will blossom. I’ll panic and pour myself a triple to brace against those first nerve-shredding exit polls from the dread key marginals. I’ll kill all hope. Despair’s the softer option. The tension will get higher. Talking


Education beyond the election

7 May 2015

After the election, will the voices of children and young people finally get the attention they deserve, asks Anna Feuchtwang






At the chalkface: The Worm

30 April 2015

I no like Mr Worm. He feeds my paranoia. I fear he’s coming to our classrooms, that Ofsted will become an X Factor panel and the pupils a baying mob. The Worm will wriggly-woo every second of the lesson and then vanish under your interactive whiteboard an


Asbestos: A double standard

30 April 2015

Fire deaths, cycle deaths and school-related asbestos deaths – while the government acts on the first two, it is scandalously slow to tackle the third, says Kevin Courtney


Diary of an NQT: Life after Levels

30 April 2015

Our NQT is helping her school to prepare for life after national curriculum levels with a new approach being planned for September


Priorities for a new Parliament

30 April 2015

What education challenges face the incoming government after next week’s General Election, asks Julian Stanley


Reasons to be cheerful...

30 April 2015

Many students remember their teachers with affection and today’s teachers are among the best there are, says Alex Wood


SATs re-sits: Weighing or fattening?

23 April 2015

Weighing or fattening? Helen Morris and Dr Val Hindmarsh ask whether re-testing in key stage 3 is the best response for pupils seen as ‘failing’ in key stage 2






Behaviour management The trials of Ursula

23 April 2015

A school-based novel from 100 years ago has disturbing echoes of today’s behaviour management challenges. Gerald Haigh delivers a message to school leaders everywhere.



At the chalkface: Spring fever

23 April 2015

What’s good about teaching is the teaching. It can often be the best job in world. The classroom is a tragi-comic theatre, a magic space, a perpetual, protean flux and a satellite of larks and frolics and insight. No lesson is ever the same.



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