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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.


We need national debate on cyber-bullying scourge

28 November 2013

Anti-Bullying Week 2013 has shone a spotlight on the endemic problems we face with cyber-bullying and keeping pupils safe online. Dr Hilary Emery says that if we don’t act, we face the issue becoming of epidemic proportions. She calls for a national debat


NQT Special: Advice from year 2

28 November 2013

Last year, SecEd’s NQT diarist was a teacher of maths from a south London school. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, we asked her to write a special piece offering this year’s NQTs her advice as they approach the end of term one.


The importance of qualified teachers

21 November 2013

Even the government is divided over whether unqualified individuals should be allowed to teach in state-funded schools. Dr Joanna Goodman considers the debate.



The benefits of bunking

21 November 2013

I used to think a bit of bunking could be romantic. Cavalier even. No more. Not in these Roundhead times. John Lennon would have failed all ends up today. Too much talent, flair and imagination – like Rosie.


Can you still feed their hunger?

21 November 2013

As the pressure for exam success mounts, the freedom to truly engage and inspire pupils with brilliant literature is diminishing. Alex Wood asks whether we can still feed pupils' hunger for great stories.


A challenging classroom for observation week

21 November 2013

As leadership descend for NQT observation week, our NQT diarist faces the return to her classroom of a particularly challenging student. Will she cope when the pressure is on?


Lessons from Shanghai

21 November 2013

SecEd columnist Phil Parker is currently working with Chinese schools who are keen to move from rote-learning to a skills-led approach. He discusses what he found on a recent visit to a Shanghai school.



Maslow turns in his grave

21 November 2013

The importance of empathy in education cannot be overstated, says our headteacher diarist, but it doesn't go hand in hand with soft and unchallenging, as our educational leaders seem to think.


Stress – let’s talk about it

21 November 2013

The myriad of stress awareness campaigns seem to have little impact on levels of stress – but they must continue says Julian Stanley.


Breaking the link between poverty and poor health outcomes

14 November 2013

The work schools undertake to promote the health and wellbeing of students is far-reaching, the whole system must work harder to break the link between disadvantaged children and poor health outcomes. Dr Hilary Emery explains.


Reflections on outstanding

14 November 2013

After contributing a chapter on his school’s improvement journey to an important new book, Chris Holmwood reflects on the inspirations that drive him and his colleagues to achieve outstanding.


The tail wags the dog – again

14 November 2013

Rather than structures and qualifications, should not the national conversation be driven by a discussion about the purposes that education should serve, asks Marion Gibbs.


When is your real ‘holiday time’?

14 November 2013

As teachers we are often derided for having 13 weeks of holiday a year, but how much actual holiday time do you take? Our headteacher diarist reflects on just how much of her 13 weeks she spends working.


A fond farewell to GCSE coursework

14 November 2013

The GCSE reforms will spell the end of most coursework as part of GCSE examination. Hilary Moriarty can understand why the government and Ofqual have made the move, but wonders what will now cater for students with different talents.


NQTs – we’re in it together!

14 November 2013

After a challenging and arduous first half-term, our NQT diarist meets up with her PGCE colleagues to share horror stories and take stock...


The bad old days...

14 November 2013

I was that teacher. That was my class. 3-7! A merry crew! Room West 206! 1987. Just before the National Curriculum – a time, which modern gurus are pleased to lament as having “the intentioned idealism” of the bad old days. Well, you could have fooled me.

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