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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.






Reviewing your school SRE policy

2 October 2014

The time is ripe to review your school’s sex and relationships education policy. Anna Marie Hassall offers some advice.


Diary of an NQT: The power of the peer

2 October 2014

Seating plans can be challenging as we seek to place every student in the optimum position for learning. Our NQT diarist reports on her success so far.



Computing on a par with maths and English

2 October 2014

Schools are facing up to the new computing curriculum and in case any are dragging their heels, Duncan Maidens and Andrew Csizmadia have some words of encouragement.


At the chalkface: Dark night of the soul

2 October 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury had a bit of a wobble last week. Me too. He admitted to sometimes doubting the existence of God. I admitted to sometimes doubting the existence of effective child-centred learning.


Ofsted has failed

2 October 2014

The threats and fear of our destructive inspection system need to be replaced by a system which trusts schools and teachers, says Kevin Courtney.


In-out – no change

25 September 2014

We may have a new secretary of state, but Chris Keates says that while the government’s policies remain in place, teachers won’t be fooled.


NQT Diary: Fixed and fierce!

25 September 2014

Having observed some of her colleagues’ lessons, our NQT diarist has found some areas for improvement, but also some areas where things are going very well.


A bitterness over the reforms?

25 September 2014

A chance discussion about the bitterness some teachers feel over current reforms has causes Alex Wood to reflect on the direction of Scottish education.



Inspection tip-offs!

25 September 2014

Whatever. A half-day? A week? They should be so lucky. I remember the old Ofsted Search and Destroy Missions. We were legally tipped off two months in advance. It gave us a nice, large window in which to go quite barking.




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