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Diary of an NQT: Taking the lid off

13 November 2014

Do I make learning engaging enough? Or even fun enough? A CPD session provides some cause for reflection for our NQT diarist.


Tackling the Workload Challenge

6 November 2014

The government’s Workload Challenge is welcome, but Deborah Lawson warns politicians and Ofsted that they must recognise their role in creating workload issues.


At the chalkface: Tristram’s Oath

6 November 2014

“I promise to deliver a curriculum in which I don’t believe to pupils who don’t want it and to reduce the thrilling complexities of my subject to a cartoon travesty of tick-box answers."


Election 2015: A plea to all politicians

6 November 2014

As the election nears, Professor Chris Husbands calls on politicians to stop latching onto ineffective interventions and to focus simply on teaching.




The vital place of the staffroom

6 November 2014

The importance of a vibrant and well-used staffroom can never be understated. Alex Wood warns that reducing their use is a dangerous modern trend.



Social care: Plugging the gaps

6 November 2014

An array of social difficulties can affect children today, but with cuts hitting social services hard, schools are under increasing pressure. Julian Stanley explains.


At the chalkface: Cruel to be kind?

4 November 2014

Yes, I sometimes wish I could have done the hard stuff better with my sometimes impossible 8th years – like, say, that Tom Hardy in Peaky Blinders or Roy Keane in just about anything. A little fear goes a long way. But we’re surely better than this?


Mental health and PSHE

16 October 2014

As the election approaches, we are entering a crucial time for both mental health services and PSHE, says Anna Feuchtwang.


Tackling gender stereotypes in STEM

16 October 2014

Persistent gender stereotypes when it comes to STEM can only be tackled by a whole-school approach to gender equality, says Clare Thomson.



Diary of an NQT: One down, five to go

16 October 2014

With the half-term almost over, an NQT conference gives our NQT diarist time to reflect on the half-term just gone and inspiration for the five still to come.


Diary of a Headteacher: Meet the governors

16 October 2014

As our headteacher diarist prepares for his first meeting with the governing body this term, he reflects on the increasingly vital role that governors have.


The challenges of education until 18

16 October 2014

Soon all students will have to remain in education and training until 18. But will be able to cater effectively for them all, asks Marion Gibbs.


At the chalkface: Once upon a time…

16 October 2014

Most pupils knew a story – folk tales, cautionary tales, moral fables, shaggy dog stories, dreadful jokes, personal anecdotes and fabulous lies. The least literate were often the most articulate.


The UK's foodbank shame continues

9 October 2014

After the unbridled spin and positivity of Conservative Party Conference, Pete Henshaw highlights one issue that ministers were unsurprisingly reluctant to discuss – the use of foodbanks.


At the chalkface: Breaking Point

9 October 2014

So he yells and yells and yells. And then he yells and swears. Then he throws a chair across the room. It hits the teacher’s arm...



What should ‘international education’ look like?

9 October 2014

Next week, delegates from across the world will gather in Cambridge to discuss what ‘international education’ actually looks like. Tim Oates describes the debate and some of the questions that will be tackled.


We must teach our students the rules of the game

9 October 2014

The new term has seen yet more complaints that our young people are not prepared for work and too often misbehave in school. Professor Mick Waters considers the merits of these claims.



Schooling Scotland

9 October 2014

A new book proposes a series of reforms, many of which, says Alex Wood, are so startling it seems incredible that they have not happened long ago.


Bridging the attainment gap

9 October 2014

Research has shown how the attainment gap persists across all types of school. Karen Sullivan discusses the challenges facing schools.

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