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Innovative approaches to school buildings

5 June 2014

Hard economic times do not necessarily mean that new school buildings need to suffer. Alex Wood has been impressed by some innovative approaches being taken in Scotland.


Glad to be the age I am...

5 June 2014

There are two things that keep our headteacher diarist awake at night – the budget and decisions about permanent exclusions. She has had to face both of these recently...


Are schools safe?

22 May 2014

After the shocking death of Ann Maguire, Julian Stanley asks whether schools are as dangerous as the media headlines often suggest.


Should students study popular culture?

22 May 2014

Recent proposals for exam questions to be based on popular culture has once again sparked the debate about its place in the education system. Karen Sullivan argues why students must study popular culture.


Exams – a political football

22 May 2014

With so many changes to examinations underway, it is clear that education remains a political football. Marion Gibbs fears that it is the students and their teachers who may well be the losers.


Let's bring back the assembly

22 May 2014

Over time, assemblies seem to have fallen down the list of priorities for many schools. Our headteacher diarist argues for a revival of the assembly as a key opportunity for promoting the whole school ethos and keeping the school community together.


More power than we think

22 May 2014

Politicians will always involve themselves in education, but if the profession shows leadership then we can crowd them out, argues Russell Hobby.


It's linguistics, stupid

22 May 2014

“Rubbish!” says a senior DfE source. “Extremely patronising!” continues said source. “End of civilisation as I know it!” roars Sir Herbert Gussett. “Low brow!” sighs Sir Hubert Highbrow. “We’ll squash it!” drones Ofqual.


Embrace the power of the name badge

22 May 2014

While the word networking may send many of us into a cold sweat, Chris Smith argues that the future of professional collaboration relies on us reaching out and making school to school links – and that means embracing name badges, bad coffee and cheap wine


Keep calm and carry on

22 May 2014

A stressful and busy week leaves our NQT diarist feeling out of her depth. But by taking a step back and remembering why she does what she does, things have slipped back into perspective...


DfE must act over free schools debacle

15 May 2014

The damning report into the free schools programme is shaming for the coalition government, says Pete Henshaw. The Department for Education cannot be allowed to avoid answering some very tough questions.


Letter to the Editor: A grading clarification

15 May 2014

Ofqual is currently consulting on proposals for how grade standards should be set for the new GCSEs to be introduced from 2015, and how they should be held steady over the subsequent years.


When Mr Gove came to town

15 May 2014

Many teachers will have wondered what it is like having the secretary of state for education visit your school. Well this week, our NQT diarist found out...


What makes a good teacher?

15 May 2014

A recent High Court ruling in Scotland has re-opened the debate about the entry levels we should maintain for the teaching profession. Alex Wood asks what makes a good teacher.


Flawed and insulting

15 May 2014

Some of the solutions put forward to improve social mobility are not only flawed, but are insulting to many professionals and parents, argues John Till.


Is poverty just an excuse?

15 May 2014

We must never accept lower expectations for poorer pupils, but we must be under no illusion about the affects that poverty has on a child's education and life, argues Dr Hilary Emery.


Governors – a new approach

15 May 2014

Frustrated by the failings of the current system of school governance, our headteacher diarist suggests a new, more professional approach.


Are you a 'progressive'?

8 May 2014

Are you “a progressive”? Let’s hope not. I was one for yonks. Where did it get me? Nowhere. Genteel poverty at best. We don’t want that kind of thing, not in our modern classrooms. “Progressive” for politicians is only pejorative, like “liberal” for Tea P


Break dancing in the corridors

8 May 2014

From Bollywood workshops to break dancing in the corridors, our NQT diarist organises a World Dance Day to remember...


A revision playlist

8 May 2014

Getting your students to make a revision playlist can engage them in preparing for examinations and could help them to remember those key facts. Karen Sullivan explains.


A long way from parity?

8 May 2014

Christine Lewis on the entrenched inequality that still exists between academic and vocational education.


Turbulent times for teacher training

8 May 2014

Too rapid an expansion of 'on the job' teacher training schemes could damage teacher supply, argues James Noble Rogers. Nonetheless, he says, universities are working to support school-led training partnerships and identify best practice.


Do teachers need a dress code?

8 May 2014

With Sir Michael Wilshaw calling for teachers to wear more formal business attire, Julian Stanley questions the link between appearance and ability to teach.


A simpler grading solution?

8 May 2014

With yet another change to the way examinations are marked and graded on the way, Marion Gibbs wonders how long this system will last and proposes her own simpler and fairer method for grading exams.


Mental health

1 May 2014

You must make a “wider contribution to school life”. Eh? When? Like what? Like weeding the school garden, pruning some roses, driving the minibus, painting the foyer, cleaning the toilets or attending Booster Weekends for marginal halfwits

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