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We must raise our voices!

27 March 2014

With so many commentators, politicians and the media all attacking education, it is up to schools to raise their voices to promote the many positive things that happen every day. Marion Gibbs kicks us off!


Hard-earned brownie points

27 March 2014

Our NQT diarist earns some brownie points after the successful climax of an initiative to stretch her most able students and engage with the community at the same time.


Why self-belief is so important

27 March 2014

Why is self-belief so important? Child psychologist Karen Sullivan discusses the benefits of strong, positive self-belief for students and the negatives of low self-belief.


The Pupil Premium dilemma

27 March 2014

When it comes to demonstrating the impact of the Pupil Premium, our headteacher diarist believes the real value will be reflected in a much wider cultural and performance shift, but is this possible to quantify?


Teacher workload – the final straw

27 March 2014

With teachers now working the most unpaid overtime of any profession, Dr Mary Bousted argues why workload is becoming the final straw for many.


Old school

27 March 2014

The old 60s folly, a gun metal sunken battleship, had quite gone – demolished by tractors, wrecking balls, venture capitalists and barking right wing tabloids. You know the narrative – lefty, liberal, failing Comprehensive is “turned round” into a rigorou


The danger of destination measures

20 March 2014

What are we at risk of losing when we allow education to be driven by narrow measures of performance tied to high stakes for those who ‘fail’? Russell Hobby explains.


Stopping the discrimination of SEND students online

20 March 2014

Children and young people with SEND are not using the internet as much as those without SEND due to cyber-bullying, discrimination and a lack of support. Dr Hilary Emery looks at the disturbing findings of new research.


In defence of grammar education

20 March 2014

Teaching an adult evening class on writing skills has brought home the stark reality to Alex Wood of what years not teaching grammar has done.


The Eiffel Tower incident

20 March 2014

The long-awaited residential trip to France has arrived and our NQT is ultra prepared for any occurrence – even a student going missing on the Eiffel Tower!


Have you ever lost it?

20 March 2014

I’ve nearly been there too. There’ve been times when I’ve imagined visiting extreme prejudice on the more hard core villains – wind-up artists, saboteurs, wise guys, thugs, rent-a-mouths, sadists and Dave Mania and Sidney Lunk at full throttle.


A shout out for our subject associations

20 March 2014

Educator Suzi Bewell could not get by without her subject association, but she fears that these vital organisations are losing their kudos among some teachers.


Are you free?

13 March 2014

Are you “free”? What a daft question! Do you work in a “Free School”? What a daft name! Why are they so called? “Free” is a fibbing word. Like much educational verbiage, it flatters to deceive and can mean just about anything. Free? Free to do what?


Raising aspirations in the inner city

13 March 2014

Former professional footballer Matt Jones is now a headteacher in Elephant and Castle. He discusses how he tries to instil a culture of high expectations in his students.



A reminder of what is important

13 March 2014

The serious illness and death of a student and the subsequent impact on the school community brings homes to our headteacher diarist what is really important


We are encouraging social isolation

13 March 2014

The regular calls for computer programmes and online learning to replace face-to-face interaction in the classroom are a dangerous move towards social isolation, says Marion Gibbs.


Bravery in the classroom

13 March 2014

With more 26,000 reported incidents of stress in the past six months, Julian Stanley calls for a culture of engagement in education, where staff do not feel stigmatised for sharing problems.


The importance of emotional health

13 March 2014

The importance of the links between thinking patterns, emotions and behaviour cannot be underestimated. Child psychologist Karen Sullivan reports on a healthy lifestyles programme and the lessons it can teach UK educators.


Bringing down the ‘wall’

13 March 2014

The recently repeated suggestions that state schools should operate more like private schools ignores the elephant in the room, says Deborah Lawson.


The role of the co-educator

13 March 2014

Integrating the co-educator into the drama classroom has given our NQT diarist some food for thought. Should they support those students who struggle, or should this be where the teacher focuses their efforts?


The minister and the blob

6 March 2014

The Secretary of State for Education. On legs. Incarnate. In shorts. With headphones – and jogging towards me in the environs of West London. Is he an hallucination? No. He’s quite real – and getting closer...


Child poverty plan: We really must do better

6 March 2014

The government's child poverty plan is nothing more than a list of existing policies and aspirational statements. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says we need something much more innovative if we really want to see an end to child poverty in the UK.


A valuable new resource for sex education

6 March 2014

With the current DfE guidance for sex education is far behind the times, says Dr Hilary Emery. She discusses the publication of new, supplementary advice to help teachers feel confident in SRE lessons.


Teaching styles – what does Ofsted want to see?

6 March 2014

Ofsted has gone on the attack in a bid to get the message out to schools about its position on teaching styles. Gerald Haigh gives us an essential update on this recent spate of activity.

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