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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


Keeping the family together

1 May 2014

Achievement, attainment, results and outcomes are all vital, but as our headteacher diarist has discovered of late, keeping your school community and family together and strong is one of the most important aspects of the job.


A timely and vital inquiry into PSHE

1 May 2014

That high-quality PSHE and sex education should be at the top of a school's list of priorities is a no-brainer, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw. However, this is not always the reality. As such, an MPs' inquiry into provision is timely and welcome.


Child mental health in schools

1 May 2014

Wellbeing and mental health need to be given a much higher priority in schools, argues Dr Hilary Emery. As such, she welcomes the launch of a new CPD resource to help school staff spot the warning signs of mental health problems.


Be brave, Ofsted

1 May 2014

As Ofsted seeks to reform itself, Professor Mick Waters offers his vision of how inspection should work and how schools and teachers should be judged.


Reasons to be cheerful

1 May 2014

After spending too long mixing with the higher echelons of education, it can be easy to feel depressed. However, a trip back to the chalkface with some trainee teachers has given Alex Wood several reasons to be optimistic about the future.


Longing for George

1 May 2014

As her colleagues enter the exhausting exams season, our NQT diarist is thankful she has no exam classes. However, she is already thinking and worrying about the challenge that these will bring next year...


What constitutes ‘failure’?

1 May 2014

As our examinations and curriculum under-go huge reform, Brian Lightman asks what constitutes failure and success for today’s students.


Pol

24 April 2014

I can’t see the problem. Ofsted can. Silence irks them too. They zoom into classrooms with their 20-minute hit squads seeking some cheap pedagogical theatrics, a lot of that whizzo “interactivity”. It ticks their boxes. If Pol doesn’t speak, how can she b


Practical strategies to boost self-belief

24 April 2014

Helping your students to develop the right kind of self-belief is vital to successful outcomes argues child psychologist Karen Sullivan. She offers some practical strategies for the classroom.


We must keep up the pressure on Ofsted

24 April 2014

Ofsted has acted to quell increasing concerns about the quality of its inspection regime. However, after the problems with inspection featured heavily during the teaching union conference season, SecEd editor Pete Henshaw urges the profession to keep up t


Observations vs data

24 April 2014

The on-going debate over the value of lesson observation judgements has concerned our headteacher diarist, who fears that if judgements disappear then all we will be left with is a heavier reliance on data.


The employment conundrum

24 April 2014

Part of the role of schools is to prepare young people for the workplace, but this is only one part of the story argues Marion Gibbs.


Mastering the tutor’s role

24 April 2014

As she enters her final term as an NQT, our diarist faces a further challenge as she is given charge of her own tutor group and sets about mastering the tricky tutor's role.


Why we were right to strike

24 April 2014

After thousands of NUT members walked-out last month, Christine Blower warns that unless they see a change of direction more strike action will follow.

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