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In defence of the staffroom

23 May 2018

As working life becomes busier and busier, we must all of us find time for a good natter, says Julian Stanley


At the chalkface: Average

23 May 2018

How dare she? Doesn’t she realise she’s letting the school down? Doesn’t she realise she’s doing nothing for its league position? It must be better than average.



Self-evaluation: What makes a good school?

16 May 2018

What makes a good school? Archie McGlynn, former chief inspector of schools in Scotland, offers his litmus test and 10 self-evaluation questions for your whole staff




At the chalkface: A ballad of Peckham Rye

16 May 2018

Light falls like a blessing. We’re all passing through. I seem to be having a vision. I’m in good company. Didn’t Blake famously have visions in Peckham Rye? Didn’t he see angels somewhere here?


My letter to education...

16 May 2018

My name is Billy Moore. I am 16-years-old and for the past eight years I have been home educated. This is my letter to education...


The core skills our young people need

9 May 2018

We have a duty to think deeply about what it is that young people need to be taught and need to be able to do in a future where there will be very few jobs for life, says Dr Mary Bousted



We should teach friendship

9 May 2018

In today’s complex world, we must seriously consider teaching our young people about friendship...



At the chalkface: Toxic

9 May 2018

I tried to dismantle the fizzy drinks machine and got detention. I gave condescending, useless sermons on class, culture and diet. How could parents foist poison on their own children?



Recruitment & retention: Long-term gain?

2 May 2018

The government’s various proposals will not help the teacher recruitment and retention crisis in the short-term, but they do have long-term potential, says Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: Revision!

2 May 2018

Universities are, apparently, offering “therapy dogs and rabbits” to soothe the savagely stressed. Read that sentence again. Read it and weep.





A half-decent pay deal...

25 April 2018

Finally, school support staff and other workers have been offered a half-decent pay deal, this now needs to be fully funded, warns Jon Richards


At the chalkface: Meeting Mrs Malaprop

25 April 2018

A real perk about being retired is meeting former students. It’s a sort of temporal vertigo. It’s difficult to know what tense you’re in.


Diary of an NQT: Leading my first CPD

25 April 2018

Asked to lead a CPD session for trainee teachers, our NQT diarist was thrilled to find other teaching and support staff colleagues also keen to take part...


Gender bias: What would you do?

18 April 2018

Are women punished for being successful? Unconscious bias is not a woman’s issue – it is everyone’s issue, says Caroline Sherwood


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