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What can we expect from Attainment/Progress 8?

3 April 2014

New performance measures are on their way. Mike Treadaway asks where schools will be able to meet the requirements of Attainment/Progress 8 while still offering each pupil the most appropriate curriculum for their needs.


Could it happen today?

3 April 2014

Recalling a magical encounter with one of his students, Gerald Haigh asks whether teachers in today’s observation-obsessed schools have the freedom to go ‘off-lesson’.


A bureaucracy working group?!

3 April 2014

The Scottish government is committed to tackling bureaucracy within Curriculum for Excellence, so it has set up a working group. You couldn't make it up, says Alex Wood.


The Oxford Comma

3 April 2014

I still can spot a zeugma from 1,000 yards. I didn’t get where I am today without knowing the vocative. All thanks to my English teacher, Mr Merrylees. He was big on clause analysis.



Ofsted needs wholesale change

3 April 2014

All teachers welcome strong accountability, but Chris Keates says it is wrong that the climate of fear created by Ofsted is preventing teachers from focusing on meeting the needs of their students.


Good luck to all new heads

3 April 2014

Our headteacher diarist takes some time out of school to reflect on practice, meet old colleagues and welcome some young leaders taking their first steps into headship.


The challenges of being mixed race

3 April 2014

How many times have you heard Barack Obama described as the first black US president? Dr Hilary Emery warns that it is very easy to label people with mixed race in ways that do not reflect their particular heritage or identity and explains the serious c


Has the election trail begun for Mr Gove?

27 March 2014

Education secretary Michael Gove's appearance at the ASCL annual conference was notable for his lack of rhetoric and his eagerness to praise our schools. It looks like the election trail has begun, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw.


Sir Steve Redgrave on sporting promise

27 March 2014

Alternative sports are a great way of engaging students who may not be inspired by traditional games. Sir Steve Redgrave discusses his support of the Sporting Promise initiative.


Gender equality in schools

27 March 2014

Why are female teachers still facing inequality when it comes to pay and career support in our schools? Julian Stanley asks the question.


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.

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