Diary of a headteacher: Squeaky bum time

25 May 2016

Like many others, our headteacher diarist is dreading the prospect of losing key members of teaching staff as the education ‘transfer deadline’ looms

At the chalkface: Of Mice and Men and Gove

25 May 2016

Good classes and difficult classes – especially difficult classes – were mesmerised. Wild boys, who never read a book, listened, rapt. I never got bored reading it for the umpteenth time and they never got bored hearing it for the first.

Diary of an NQT: In the mode pastoral

18 May 2016

As SecEd's NQT diarist finally says goodbye to the first of his year 11 classes, he is also preparing to write his first set of pastoral tutor group reports

Testing: Flogging a dead horse

18 May 2016

With so much testing chaos, Dr Bernard Trafford asks whether ministers will ever admit that the time has come to change our approach

At the chalkface: Mental health

18 May 2016

She also spoke about spiralling poverty and the increase of anxiety, self-harm, anorexia, bulimia, serious depression and suicide. School is driving more pupils mad. She had to go.

Academies: When is a u-turn not a u-turn?

11 May 2016

The national media and many others celebrated the government's "u-turn" over complete academy conversion this week – but what did the DfE actually announce? SecEd editor Pete Henshaw believes it is anything but a u-turn...

Diary of an NQT: Marking

11 May 2016

With a large pile of practice exams to mark, our NQT diarist is constantly honing his approach to ensure his marking is efficient, effective and fair

At the chalkface: Billy Plum

11 May 2016

More importantly, the school needs his C for its league table position. It’s an exam factory. To this end, an army of help has been assembled. For nigh-on 18 months he’s been in a C/D hot-housing class...

Dangerous ideas in the White Paper

4 May 2016

Total academisation is not the only deeply controversial policy within the new White Paper. The replacement of qualified teacher status is an equally dangerous idea, warns Chris Keates

Do you dress up in lessons?

4 May 2016

Would you consider dressing up in lessons? A lot of secondary teachers do, as Gerald Haigh has been discovering

Fast-track to leadership?

4 May 2016

Proposals for a fast-track leadership college have caused some scepticism. Dr Bernard Trafford has three concerns

At the chalkface: Statistics

27 April 2016

Forty-three per cent of teachers plan to leave in the next five years and early retirement will increase. Good riddance. I was teaching at 100. Some of my best friends are posthumous and they’re still in the classroom – as good as ever.

You have left us little choice, Nicky Morgan

20 April 2016

Education secretary Nicky Morgan took on the teacher trade unions during the Easter conference season, but her ‘call to arms’ only served to show us exactly what this government thinks the role of our unions should be, says Anna Connelly

Raising the PFI question

20 April 2016

The buy-now-pay-later PFI approach delivered necessary new buildings, but what happens when the debts have to be repaid, asks Dr Bernard Trafford

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