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At the chalkface: Abuses of literature

14 May 2015

We’re left with parrot wisdom, memory tests and the tyranny of the “correct” answer. Was the Mariner right to kill the albatross? Is Macbeth a bad sort? Answers in a tick box please...







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





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