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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.


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.

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