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How do you teach children to read?

12 October 2016

When it comes to literacy and reading, we dismiss the skills of skipping, skimming and scanning at our peril. Professor Ruth Finnegan urges educators to consider an additional approach to reading




The school photograph

5 October 2016

In this day and age, is the school photograph still a valuable use of time? Dr Bernard Trafford thinks it is



At the chalkface: Good Books

5 October 2016

Using texts as tests have ensured that millions of children feel excluded and alienated for life. The world of books is shut off from them forever. They are taught that they’re not clever enough to join it. It causes untold damage.


Freedom to recruit skilled governors

5 October 2016

?Controversial plans to remove the requirement for parent governors in academies have been shelved. However, a new report argues against this decision. Elaine Fischer presents her case


Inspection: Small but important changes

28 September 2016

A new school year and an updated Ofsted handbook. While there have only been minor changes this time around, Colin Logan highlights some of the key things that school leaders should take note of


We need more stability in 14 to 19 education

28 September 2016

Does the current 14 to 19 education policy help or hinder our learners? Dr Lynn Senior says we must have more stability in the 14 to 19 phase, and accept that a successful economy needs both academic and vocational learners...


At the chalkface: Uniform

28 September 2016

Well, no. I’m with the headteacher Tate on this one. Rules is rules – just shut up and do it. I surprise myself.



The evidence is against selection

21 September 2016

England is facing a return to grammar schools and selective education. The prime minister argues this will boost social mobility. Dr Deborah Robinson says the evidence shows that such claims are disingenuous


Fighting to close Scotland’s attainment gap

21 September 2016

Since the beginning, Curriculum for Excellence has focused unerringly on content. As its implementation phase draws to a close, we must now refocus on teachers and pedagogy. Margaret Alcorn says this is key if we are to have an impact on the attainment gap


Selection: A major distraction

21 September 2016

As the debate on selective education rages, vital issues including funding, recruitment, assessment and the curriculum are being ignored, says Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: Happy?

21 September 2016

“Keep up the pressure, no relaxation,” was the mantra of my last headteacher. It works. Anxiety levels go through the roof. And, finally, make sure that “everyone is above average”, a key concept from the much-maligned Gove.


Diary of an NQT: So far, so good...

21 September 2016

After finally getting into the classroom, our NQT diarist’s firm approach to setting out her expectations with every single class is paying off…


Brexit: Schools remain our beacons of unity

14 September 2016

As hate crime incidents continue at high levels, recent violent assaults have brought home the crisis that our country faces. In the face of political inaction, our schools must become our beacons of hope and unity, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw



Diary of an NQT: Preparing for the off

14 September 2016

IT failures, meetings galore and a jungle of data and reporting – and that’s after just two days. Our NQT diarist is getting to grips with school life and awaiting her first lesson…



Grammar schools: Looking for the overlap

7 September 2016

Comprehensive schools provided a solution to the ‘dysfunctional mess’ of the grammar-secondary modern system. Gerald Haigh can’t believe he is still arguing this fact, 40 years on...


School funding: The fight will continue

7 September 2016

With the funding pressures on schools continuing to bite hard, Kevin Courtney pledges to continue his union’s campaign to persuade ministers to change course


Diary of an NQT: Hopes and fears...

7 September 2016

A new year and a new NQT diarist joins SecEd. A teacher of citizenship, RE and humanities, she discusses her hopes and fears for the year ahead


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