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Too much focus on accountability and examinations

21 May 2015

Recapping five years of qualification reform, Dr Tina Isaacs says we are still focusing too heavily on accountability and examinations, rather than pupil progress and a broadly based curriculum


At the chalkface: Going mad

21 May 2015

A bad week. I may have gone mad. It started at an election party. Never go to an election party. It makes good people bad. As bad news came in, good manners went out. As Middle England trashed the Metropolis, things went weird.



Diary of an NQT: Marking revisited

21 May 2015

Devising an effective marking strategy, both for your pupils’ progress and your own work/life balance, is crucial. Our NQT diarist updates us on her progress


What we need now is stability and trust

21 May 2015

Two weeks on from the election, Deborah Lawson issues a call for a period of stability and for a willingness to place greater trust in the profession


A message to the secretary of state…

14 May 2015

A week after the election, Stephen Tierney offers his reflections, considers what is ahead, and gives returning education secretary Nicky Morgan some ‘quick wins’






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

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