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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.


Education Not for Sale

6 March 2014

As the TUC launches its campaign against profiteering in education, Christine Lewis argues why our schools should never be ‘for sale’.


Breaking a golden NQT rule

6 March 2014

Our NQT diarist has stuck to three golden rules during her first year at the chalkface, but this week found herself surprisingly angry after one of them was broken...


The problems with parent power

6 March 2014

Ed Miliband's recent call for the public to be given a greater say in public services may sounds good, but is giving parents the power to sack headteachers really sensible? Our headteacher diarist argues against the idea.


Are you on your staff's side?

6 March 2014

How can school leaders increase teacher morale in these difficult times? By admitting that there are problems, by seeking to change the system which created these problems and by being on their staff’s side when the crunch with governments and employers c


Confusion and contradictions

27 February 2014

From the Ashes to Ofsted, from school holidays to behaviour – it has been a contradictory few months in education. Professor Mick Waters explains why schooling is getting confusing...


Resolving the crisis in religious studies

27 February 2014

What can we do to resolve the crisis that is gripping RE – hitting both its place in the curriculum and teacher training? Professor Stephen Parker and Dr Rob Freathy look at the problems and offer some solutions.


Why traditional discipline does not work

27 February 2014

Behaviour and discipline is in the news after Michael Gove urged schools to use more traditional punishments. Psychologist Karen Sullivan explains why this approach may not always work effectively.


Dreaming of Disneyland

27 February 2014

Seven days to go until our NQT diarist takes on her first residential trip – to Disneyland! But what lessons has she learnt in planning her first school residential?


What makes a good lesson?

27 February 2014

When it comes to the secrets to a great lesson, Marion Gibbs has witnessed countless fads and fashions. She for one has never taught the same lesson twice.


Look Sharp!

27 February 2014

Do you look good on the classroom floor? Sharp? Does your wardrobe cut it? Well, it better. Who says? Sir Michael Wilshaw. He’s just had another “clamp-down”.


Is pupil behaviour getting worse?

27 February 2014

Julian Stanley examines new research that shows behaviour is getting worse in primary schools. What does that mean for the future of secondary school teachers?


The bring back the birch mob

27 February 2014

Behaviour in schools is back in the news – and everybody has a view on it. Brian Lightman discusses behaviour management and its links to teacher training.


Did you make the right decision?

27 February 2014

Did you back the right horse when it came to early GCSE entry? Our headteacher diarist explains how his school fared.


A pre-election warning

6 February 2014

Only 16 per cent of teachers plan to vote Conservative in 2015. Christine Blower says the government must change its ways if it wants the profession’s backing.




How should we measure success?

6 February 2014

How should we measure success? And how should we describe the concept of success to our students? Alex Wood offers his perspective.


Tales from the 1960s chalkface

6 February 2014

When Susan Elkin was 21 she went to work in a scandalously challenging boys’ school in Deptford – one of the first women on the staff. In an extract from her new book, she tells her often horrifying, often funny story.


An NQT's epiphany – my moment has arrived

6 February 2014

Our NQT diarist finally experiences the moment her father told her about – the educational epiphany when something happens to justify all the slings and arrows, all the stresses and strains of life as a teacher...


Disturbing trends in our teenagers' internet use

6 February 2014

Ahead of Safer Internet Day 2014, some disturbing trends are emerging about how our young people are using the internet, especially among 14 and 15-year-olds. Dr HIlary Emery explains.


Where are we heading?

6 February 2014

After a raft of education announcements and developments, our headteacher diarist pauses to reflect on where the education system is heading.

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