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Are you ready for retirement?

12 June 2014

Reports suggest that one in seven retirees have no savings and only a state pension. Julian Stanley asks how teachers can prepare for retirement.


Shows, shows, shows

12 June 2014

Our NQT diarist gets a taste of life as a primary school teacher as she lends a hand with their summer production...


Education or babies – the choice is yours

12 June 2014

Recent comments calling for girls to consider skipping university in favour of getting onto the property ladder, finding a boyfriend and having a baby has outraged Sonia Hendy-Isaac.


A wonderful accountability dream...

12 June 2014

With the government continuing to exert influence over the curriculum, Marion Gibbs offers her ideas for a new system which could keep both politicians and school teachers happy.



We must use education to stop rise of the far right

5 June 2014

We are increasingly in danger of forgetting the lessons of the Holocaust and rise to power of the Nazis, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw. The damning results of the recent European elections prove that education has a key role in stopping the rise of the f


STEM and design and technology: Work still to be done

5 June 2014

A recent report from the Engineering the Future group claimed that the industry is suffering because of misconceptions and poor careers advice. Writing in response, Richard Green says the UK leads the world in teaching design and technology – but there is


Will SRE finally have its hour?

5 June 2014

With an MPs' inquiry and increasingly vocal support, Dr Hilary Emery hopes that after years of neglect and confusion, sex and relationships education might finally get the standing it deserves.


Teodora

5 June 2014

Teodora and her mother live in a hostel off Queensway. It’s not much fun. The prime minister calling her an “educational tourist” didn’t help. Nor did his “Go Home Or Face Arrest” vans.


Real freedom for teachers

5 June 2014

The government talks frequently about giving schools freedom, but there will be no real autonomy for teachers, says Dr Mary Bousted, unless they get the freedom to make decisions.


Getting organised!

5 June 2014

After being given temporary management duties in her department, our NQT diarist discovers just how hard it is to keep so many plates spinning at the same time...


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.

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