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Are we happy with Progress 8?

1 February 2017

Is Progress 8 a better way of ranking schools? As the dust settles, Dr Bernard Trafford offers his view


Support staff: A tough year ahead…

1 February 2017

Support staff are on the frontline as funding cuts take hold and school leaders are forced to make unpalatable decisions, warns Jon Richards



At the chalkface: One in a million

1 February 2017

English has been shrunk. It is thin gruel. Set texts, parrot answers and little serious creative writing. I’d instigate fierce, ruthless, elitist writing classes for the talented...


Safer Internet Day 2017

25 January 2017

In the run-up to Safer Internet Day on February 7, Martha Evans considers how schools can support pupils to use the power of digital images for good



Mental health: The Oxygen mask approach

25 January 2017

The mental health of students is firmly on the agenda, but if teachers are to play a key role, they must also protect their own wellbeing, says Julian Stanley


Diary of an NQT: A jack of all trades?

25 January 2017

Our NQT diarist is a specialist in citizenship, but also teaches a number of other subjects. She reflects on the challenge of teaching outside of your specialism



At the chalkface: Politics in the classroom

25 January 2017

Do you let Bad Stuff slide? Do you go selectively deaf and move on to the wretched syllabus? Do you permit the impermissible? Even to suggest kindness, compassion and decency seems like a political act these days


Diary of a headteacher: Fair finance?

18 January 2017

When schools are scraping to get by and face severe consequences for poor financial management, it seems deeply unfair that the DfE and EFA are wasting thousands on failing schools...


At the chalkface: Favourites

18 January 2017

They surfaced, like Bill and Ben, from under thick foliage and a large lid. As their tutor and moral icon, I was summoned to give the varmints a grave lecture on their criminal silliness. My heart wasn’t in it. “You know you were laughing, sir.”



Diary of an NQT: Group 9B3

18 January 2017

As a trainee, group 9B3 was the one our NQT diarist dreaded, often being moved to tears. Now she’s a ‘real’ teacher, things couldn’t be more different


The time is now for statutory PSHE and SRE

11 January 2017

The momentum continues to build in the campaign for statutory PSHE and SRE, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw. It seems everyone can see the need for these crucial subjects – except the Department for Education...


Diary of an NQT: Waiting for ‘Mocksted’

11 January 2017

The new term is already proving high-pressure as our NQT diarist faces the prospect of her first Ofsted. Before this, however, will come her first Mocksted…




At the chalkface: The Plan?

11 January 2017

Could we be seduced into concluding that it’s a deliberate Plan? That it’s not the result of stupidity or incompetence, but scheming and calculation – a Plan, moreover, for the destruction of state education


The Philistines are at the gate

4 January 2017

While ministers fight to tell us how important the arts is to education, they don’t practise what they preach. The Philistines are at the gate, warns Gerald Haigh


At the chalkface: The New Year

4 January 2017

“I was going to hit this guy, a very little guy, so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened,” he opined at a rally. Ah, the nuances of Socratic debate.





Putting food on the table

1 December 2016

In the current drive for ‘efficiency savings’ in education, Dr Bernard Trafford warns that we risk forgetting schools’ vital role in the local economy and local life

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