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At the chalkface: Sissy Jupe – part 2

6 July 2016

It is more necessary and exciting teaching in the inner city. It is where things happen. Ms Sissy Jupe is going to stay – and the school and the children are very lucky to have her...




NQT Special: The second year...

29 June 2016

Every week, SecEd’s NQT diary offers insights into life as an NQT. Last year’s incumbent is now enjoying her second year of teaching and offers some reflections on how things have changed in year 2...



NQT Special: Reflections on a busy year

29 June 2016

SecEd’s current NQT diarist is a science teacher from the Midlands. As his first year at the chalkface comes to a close, we asked him to sum up some of the highs and lows...


At the chalkface: Punk

29 June 2016

I remember 1976-78 so well. I was a young teacher in Ladbroke Grove. Suddenly our school was charged with punk energy. It was barmy, stupid, frightening, nihilist, funny, clever and confrontational, an inchoate response to terrible racism, rampant misogyny, class wars – and stupid hippies.





Diary of an NQT: A busy end to the year

22 June 2016

Despite year 11 exam leave, it’s a busy end to our NQT diarist’s year – with CPD, parents’ evening and planning for the next academic year...


At the chalkface: By heart

22 June 2016

The older I’ve got the more relevant it has become. It has served me well for, among things Brexit, tragedies, Nigel Farage, MRI scans, Donald Trump, strokes, and pretty much anything Michael Gove has ever said


Sexual harassment – a key challenge for schools

15 June 2016

Technology and our sexualised society are causing a new crisis of sexual harassment among young people, normalising the objectification of women, blurring lines of consent and warping the understanding of what is ‘normal’. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says the battleground is in our schools




Exams, gaming and inequality

15 June 2016

Inequality and gaming will continue unless the exam system is uncoupled from a school accountability regime restricted by the EBacc, says Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: White working class boys

15 June 2016

I’m reluctant to write about this topic. It’s a can of worms. Everybody gets it wrong. Nobody quite knows. You can end up being condescending, snobbish, generic or just plain ignorant – but here goes anyway.


The gender imbalance in schools

15 June 2016

Is the gender imbalance in teaching linked to the gender imbalance in pupils’ outcomes? It is a question more people are asking. Julian Stanley looks at the role teacher recruitment and retention has to play


Boys on the back foot

25 May 2016

Boys are losing out in our education system and Anna Feuchtwang is concerned that not enough is being done about it



Diary of a headteacher: Squeaky bum time

25 May 2016

Like many others, our headteacher diarist is dreading the prospect of losing key members of teaching staff as the education ‘transfer deadline’ looms



At the chalkface: Of Mice and Men and Gove

25 May 2016

Good classes and difficult classes – especially difficult classes – were mesmerised. Wild boys, who never read a book, listened, rapt. I never got bored reading it for the umpteenth time and they never got bored hearing it for the first.


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