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Diary of an NQT: Marking

11 May 2016

With a large pile of practice exams to mark, our NQT diarist is constantly honing his approach to ensure his marking is efficient, effective and fair


At the chalkface: Billy Plum

11 May 2016

More importantly, the school needs his C for its league table position. It’s an exam factory. To this end, an army of help has been assembled. For nigh-on 18 months he’s been in a C/D hot-housing class...


Dangerous ideas in the White Paper

4 May 2016

Total academisation is not the only deeply controversial policy within the new White Paper. The replacement of qualified teacher status is an equally dangerous idea, warns Chris Keates


Do you dress up in lessons?

4 May 2016

Would you consider dressing up in lessons? A lot of secondary teachers do, as Gerald Haigh has been discovering




Fast-track to leadership?

4 May 2016

Proposals for a fast-track leadership college have caused some scepticism. Dr Bernard Trafford has three concerns






At the chalkface: Statistics

27 April 2016

Forty-three per cent of teachers plan to leave in the next five years and early retirement will increase. Good riddance. I was teaching at 100. Some of my best friends are posthumous and they’re still in the classroom – as good as ever.


You have left us little choice, Nicky Morgan

20 April 2016

Education secretary Nicky Morgan took on the teacher trade unions during the Easter conference season, but her ‘call to arms’ only served to show us exactly what this government thinks the role of our unions should be, says Anna Kalinski



Raising the PFI question

20 April 2016

The buy-now-pay-later PFI approach delivered necessary new buildings, but what happens when the debts have to be repaid, asks Dr Bernard Trafford


At the chalkface: Read to your child!

20 April 2016

I don’t care what class you belong to, you can always tell a baby a bedtime story. Children never forget them. Not to do so is a crime. To shut the door on a baby without a tale is unforgivable.





At the chalkface: Social determinism

13 April 2016

If my dark visions are the new reality, if the rich have got it all stitched up, if state school exams count for so little, surely we could scrap all those scuzzy academies and go back to real schooling and teaching what we wanted?




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