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A self-improving school system

3 July 2014

SecEd readers are urged to contribute to a wide-ranging inquiry seeking to define what a self-improving school system should look like. Brian Lightman explains.


Child Poverty Strategy proves government is in denial

3 July 2014

The government's child poverty strategy continues to deny the impact that austerity and its programme of cuts have had on families and children. Until this changes, we cannot take it seriously, argues SecEd editor Pete Henshaw.


What exactly makes for good teaching?

3 July 2014

Are we measuring the worth of our teachers in the right way? Professor Mick Waters argues that while good lessons are vital, good teaching involves so much more than the classroom.


British values

3 July 2014

The only British culture I want is our lovely mash-up mix – like, say, William Blake, Zadie Smith, Tommy Cooper, Shane McGowan, Steven Gerrard, Polly Harvey, Dizzy Rascal, Alan Bennett or the greatest Englishman – Samuel Johnson. “Patriotism” said the goo


Don’t you worry Confucius

3 July 2014

In her final diary entry of the year, our NQT diarist reflects on a tough year, full of challenges, and realises just how much she has learnt and how far she has come.


Support staff: The challenges ahead

3 July 2014

From school food to pupil medication, September is set to be a challenging time for school support staff. Christine Lewis explains.



I am done with apple-picking now

3 July 2014

SecEd columnist Hilary Moriarty steps down this summer after eight years working at the heart of the boarding school community. She gives her farewell thoughts, including on the future of boarding education.


The teaching of creationism

3 July 2014

Action taken by the Department for Education in England to stamp out the teaching of creationism as evidence-based theory must be repeated in Scotland, says Alex Wood.


The three Rs of headship

3 July 2014

In the final entry of the year, our headteacher diarist reflects on three Rs that go to make up the most important traits of being a school leader...


Supporting their mental health

26 June 2014

As new mental health guidance for schools is released, child psychologist Karen Sullivan discusses how we can help to safeguard and develop our students' mental health.




NQT Special: Pedagogy and innovation

26 June 2014

Education continues to change at a pace and it will be today’s NQTs who are leading tomorrow’s schools. Phil Parker on how you can prepare for this challenge.


The World Cup: The best teaching aid

26 June 2014

The World Cup is many things – bread and circuses, the opium of the people, a vile FIFA obscenity, an orgy of emotional incontinence, a Baudrillardian Spectacle hem hem and the exploitation of the wretched of the earth. Apart from that it’s fabulous.


Set texts

19 June 2014

Couldn’t teachers just be trusted to create, control the exam and choose their own set texts to fit their own class, stream and catchment area? As if.


Watch out! Teacher-in-role!

19 June 2014

Our NQT diarist is anxious at having to present to her colleagues on the subject of using drama during lessons! But now her skills as a teacher-in-role are in high demand!


Missing from education

19 June 2014

On any given day, 15,000 children are missing from education. Many have been excluded and are awaiting placement elsewhere, others have health conditions, and some we simply have no idea where they are. Dr Hilary Emery says it is time to act.


A clear message to the establishment

19 June 2014

After attending a new teacher-led education conference, Dorothy Lepkowska is struck by the increasingly strong calls for the government to step back from its control of education and trust teachers to get on with their jobs.


Still time to avert strike action

19 June 2014

With strike action still on for July 10, Christine Blower calls on the government to act to resolve the ongoing dispute and stop the walk-out.


Getting the reading habit

19 June 2014

It is vital that students gain the reading habit during their younger and teenage years, but schools can only do so much argues our headteacher diarist – parents also need to play their part.


Living on the Edge

19 June 2014

It is not “aspiration” which is missing for our poorest children and families, but opportunity. Inspired by new book Living on the Edge, Alex Wood discusses the ongoing challenge of tackling disadvantage faced by our education system.


Comic fun

12 June 2014

They were all trumped by a thin, shiny tome that came, quite unsolicited, through my letterbox. A cartoon figure, not unlike Noddy on Acid, with orange bow and antic visage, waved charmingly from its jolly cover.



Tolerance through literature

12 June 2014

The row over the 'banning' of foreigners from the English literature syllabus has dominated educational headlines. Karen Sullivan argues that this approach will hamper our attempts to encourage tolerance within our students.

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