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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.





The global education race

26 March 2015

Governments around the world are racing to improve their education systems – the key to economic success. Professor Chris Husbands on the global education race.




Diary of a headteacher: Gaming the system?

26 March 2015

As school leaders, are we driven by the moral purpose of education or by the demands of Ofsted, accountability and the government? Our diarist offers his reflections



What are your leadership ambitions?

19 March 2015

A lot is said about the teacher recruitment crisis and the difficulty in finding school leaders – but what about the essential middle tier? Louis Coiffait explains


At the chalkface: Simple!

19 March 2015

Moral bankruptcy seems to rule. Complexity is just an alibi for corruption, obfuscation. Things have become x-ray clear. The flash bulb goes off, the red mist descends and I go off on one. It goes roughly thus...



A village to raise a child

19 March 2015

When did we get to the point of blaming schools for all of the problems faced by our young generation, asks Marion Gibbs



The five iRights for children

19 March 2015

The battle to keep children safe online is constant. Anna Feuchtwang discusses the campaign to establish five iRights for our younger generation.



'Wilful neglect' proposals are concerning

12 March 2015

Definitive government action to tackle the child sexual exploitation crisis in this country is welcome, but SecEd editor Pete Henshaw is worried about proposals that could see education staff jailed for failing to help children


Education: Five years in the future...

12 March 2015

SecEd’s regular teaching and learning expert Phil Parker is moving on to pastures new. In his final column for us, he time travels into the future to see what has become of our schools...


Vampires, violence and sex education...

12 March 2015

The popularity of the Twilight saga and 50 Shades of Grey could have a serious influence on young people’s view of gender roles, relationships and sexual violence, argue Professor Jessica Ringrose and Emilie Lawrence


At the chalkface: Culture Vultures

12 March 2015

I don’t want to go all Goebbels, but maybe we should just ban the word. Are we talking Matthew Arnold here? Raymond Williams? Levi Strauss? Or raffia work? Train spotting? Brass rubbing? Who knows? He probably means the highbrow stuff peddled by my old gr


A helping hand with classroom behaviour

12 March 2015

Teachers are not solely responsible for student behaviour. Julian Stanley discusses how schools and government can help, and introduces a new resource for educators


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