Is it show time at your school?

2 December 2015

Is the school production dying? A school show is not a bolt-on, says Gerald Haigh, but can often play a key part of healthy school community life

Diary of an NQT: Sixteen and a half days

2 December 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, our NQT diarist is starting to see the progress he has made this term and is making plans for the months ahead...

Diary of a headteacher: Business vs education

2 December 2015

To what extent should the practices of business influence how we operate our schools and education system? Our headteacher diarist reflects on this challenging question

Workload: No change for teachers

2 December 2015

A year on from the Workload Challenge and nothing has changed. The ATL is now taking direct action in a bid to help teachers. Dr Mary Bousted explains

Supporting good mental health

25 November 2015

We do not have a mental health crisis – but there are problems enough that it should be a key priority, says Dr Bernard Trafford

At the chalkface: Shelley

25 November 2015

Blimey, that’s telling them. That’s telling truth to power. Incendiary stuff. Topical too. Who could those “cold advisors” be? Our tax credit cutters? Ofsted’s cold minions? Or the pale chancellor himself?

At the chalkface: Parents’ evening again

18 November 2015

“You want I should ‘it ‘im for yer?” A thick-necked, cropped father asks the Teacher about his son. Said infant trembles. He has a tic, probably consequent on being so often ‘it.

Diary of an NQT: Behaviour for learning

18 November 2015

By putting himself forward to help with a ‘behaviour for learning’ session, our NQT diarist hopes to make further improvements in his behaviour management

Plan for more testing is a backwards step

11 November 2015

The move for yet more testing into our school system is a backwards step. We should be scrapping most exams, not introducing new ones, argues SecEd editor Pete Henshaw

Diary of an NQT: Being a bit more human

11 November 2015

An off-topic conversation about career options – which helped to create an engaging and enjoyable lesson – has got our NQT diarist thinking...

At the chalkface: Grammar schools for all

11 November 2015

I am a Grammar School Boy. I passed the 11-plus. I was pleased and bereft. I left my blubbing chums forever. They left me. They were “good with their hands”. I was “good with my brain”. Such a facile and callous divide. It’s all wrong.

Africa: A public-private debate

11 November 2015

Battle lines have been drawn in the public vs private debate for providing education in the developing world. Laura Brown offers an alternative public-private partnership model

Workload: Running the marking treadmill

5 November 2015

As yet another poll raises concerns about teachers leaving the profession, Gerald Haigh urges a whole-system approach to tackling workload – and we can start with marking

School funding: Time for action

4 November 2015

The school funding crisis is only going to get worse, leaving many schools facing unpalatable budget decisions. We need the government to act, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw

At the chalkface: Outside any classroom

4 November 2015

It’s the Ugly Mob – panicking parents, quisling inspectors, craven managers, performance-relating buffoons, profoundly ignorant ministers or foaming rabid tabloids. Among others. What do they want? A scapegoat.

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