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Are you licensed?

30 January 2014

“‘Ere, sir, you still licensed then?” says a gruff pupil called Ralph. We’re in year 2017. I’m 139 and still at the chalkface. I tried retiring, but the pension’s been binned forever.



The dreaded faculty review!

30 January 2014

Our NQT diarist braces herself for a week of scrutiny as the faculty is reviewed by the senior leadership team...



We must make the most of our skilled school nurses

30 January 2014

With many children in your classes likely to have wide-ranging needs – from SEN to mental health – Caroline Voogd explains just how our skilled school nurses can support you to help your students achieve their potential.



Inspiring state-private school partnerships

30 January 2014

A day of inspiring presentations and best practice sharing involving a range of state-private school partnerships has left Marion Gibbs in no doubt of the power of local collaboration.


Fact and fiction in the classroom

30 January 2014

As the Blackadder debate rumbles on, child psychologist Karen Sullivan looks at how fiction can have a vital role to play in helping children to learn.


A literacy challenge

30 January 2014

When pupils reach secondary school still unable to read or write properly, we know traditional approaches are not working. Speech and language therapist Jules Clarke discusses the approaches she uses when faced with these challenges.


Vagabonds

23 January 2014

How did they get here? Are they pupils, who didn’t meet their targets? Who failed their grades and therefore failed in life? Like my Dennis Plum or Dave Mania? Or the still tragically missing Charlie Johnstone? Or are they my old English department, for w


Is Ofsted under pressure?

23 January 2014

With more and more schools challenging Ofsted judgements and a new inquiry into whether it’s fit-for-purpose, Dr Mary Bousted says the inspectorate’s influence is on the wane.



Mentoring for a brighter future

23 January 2014

Despite all our efforts, students’ futures are still largely decided by their parents’ pasts. Dr Tessa Stone explains how the charity Brightside is trying to make a difference.


Kissing granny IS about consent

23 January 2014

The furore over the Sex Education Forum's latest teaching resource on consent has been blown out of all proportion by journalists not wanting to engage in the real issues, says Dr Hilary Emery.



In defence of textbooks

23 January 2014

For a brief moment, our headteacher diarist found himself in agreement with a Conservative education minister, until normal service resumed...


What Teresita Lemus can teach us

23 January 2014

The remarkable achievements of American educator Teresita Lemus should be celebrated, but we cannot rely on the hero teacher model to run our education systems, says Alex Wood.


The art of assessment

23 January 2014

The tricky art of assessment is proving to be one of the biggest challenges for our NQT diarist this year, not least the task of 'guess-timating' what her students are going to attain.


A fitting epitaph to an inspiring educator

16 January 2014

Late last year, Simon Viccars – a passionate and dedicated teacher and school leader – lost his fight against cancer. Before he passed away, during a brief period of recovery, he wrote this article for SecEd. We publish it now by way of tribute to an educ


Vital league table decisions ahead

16 January 2014

Reformed league tables are a long way off, but decisions made now could dramatically affect your school’s position. Russell Hobby explains.


What’s so bad about Blackadder?

16 January 2014

What's so bad about Blackadder in history lessons? What's so bad about a little laughter in the classroom? Psychologist Karen Sullivan says it can actually have a positive impact on student outcomes.




Taking a few more risks as NQTs

16 January 2014

With the autumn term under her belt, our NQT diarist resolves to take more risks this time around, especially in a bid to really stretch those gifted and talented students.


Busting the myths about our governors

16 January 2014

While welcoming recent national headlines about the role of school governors, SecEd editor Pete Henshaw is still frustrated by people's ignorance of exactly how important these vital volunteers are for our education system.

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