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Hitting the ground running

16 January 2014

Our headteacher diarist looks to hit the ground running this year, although still has to contend with new Ofsted guidance, impending STRB reports and staffroom wags!


Bad management

16 January 2014

Is your management team any good? Mine seem to think so. Let me quote from their whizzo prospectus. They observe that they could well be “diligent, committed, talented, self-critical, self-aware and selfless with understanding, wisdom, and possess an unde




Breaking good

9 January 2014

Mr Dazzle is at last having a plenary. “Hard work makes us ever more successful,” he concludes. Wasn’t Goebbels a fan of this stuff? You wonder how you’re going to survive until Easter. Maybe Walter White, the chemistry teacher from Breaking Bad had the r


The frustrating subtleties of results data

9 January 2014

As all headteachers know, the subtleties of results data can be complex and hard to communicate, says our headteacher diarist, which makes it all the more frustrating when media and parents focus on the one headline figure.


Language: Are we over-egging the custard?

9 January 2014

Schools must concentrate on human relationships and not public relations – and we can start by making sure our language is clear, accurate, unambiguous and readily understood. Alex Wood explains.


Police in schools – getting it right

9 January 2014

When police work in schools there is always a fear that they risk unnecessarily criminalising the very students they are there to support. Dr HIlary Emery looks at some examples of good practice.


The pressure on our children is too much

9 January 2014

With research showing the devastating pressure that young people are facing as they enter the workplace, Pete Henshaw argues that both our education system and wider society places too much importance on success at all costs.


The language dilemma facing teachers

9 January 2014

The constant evolution of the English language, dialects and slang present many challenges, both to students and teachers. John Till takes a look.


CPD – we're in it together

9 January 2014

The National Teacher Enquiry Network is bringing together schools and teachers to develop CPD and education research. Bridget Clay reports from a recent event aimed at spreading great practice.


Managing behaviour: No more sink or swim

5 December 2013

Today, managing behaviour is accepted as a whole-school responsibility. Gerald Haigh remembers a time when teachers could not rely on anyone else for support and were left to sink or swim – and he almost sank.


The Christmas Panto!

5 December 2013

I know these boys and am much amused. The inspector is not. She is much baffled. Is this the Academy’s new Victorian Dress Code? Was she fed opium in Double Science? I’ve no time to explain. Some of us have to actually teach round these parts.





Happy students = success

5 December 2013

Inspired by a recent book on overcoming challenges as a headteacher, Karen Sullivan is heartened by the confirmation that student happiness is the top priority for so many leaders – ensure happy students and exam success will follow...


Must we tackle all society’s ills?

5 December 2013

It takes a village to educate a child, and not just the school. Marion Gibbs despairs at the continuing tendency to ask schools to fix every societal problem going.




NQT Special: Defending the rights of NQTs

28 November 2013

Are you receiving all the support that you are legally entitled to as an NQT? As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, Chris Keates details the provisions you should be benefiting from and takes a wider look at how government policy is hitting NQTs.


Developing a learning capacity for life

28 November 2013

We too often focus on ability at the expense of effort, says Dr Joanna Goodman. As the new curriculum nears, she warns that assessment must focus on progress and developing students’ ‘growth mindsets’.


Is there a Nigel in your classroom?

28 November 2013

Ms Mumps is yet again trawling the Bleedin’ Obvious at a lectern – today’s topic is “intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings”. A bird ascends on a PowerPoint screen. It aspires. Nigel gets it – but, right now, feels rather bereft of wings.


NQT Special: Reflections on term one

28 November 2013

So, how was your first term as a teacher? As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, we asked an NQT from the North West to write a short diary picking out some of the highs and the lows from their first three months


NQT Special: We must protect our NQTs

28 November 2013

As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, editor Pete Henshaw issues three messages – two for policy-makers and one for NQTs – which if heeded will help to safeguard the future of our profession.

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