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Mental health and character

13 September 2017

The government is to strengthen the role of schools both in preventing mental health problems from arising and in supporting pupils in crisis. Anna Feuchtwang considers the part that character education can play in this new policy


At the chalkface: Exodus

13 September 2017

For many years we didn’t suffer this league table mania. Sixth forms were mixed ability, the syllabus open and thrilling and the pupils bright, sussed and electric.


Diary of a headteacher: Handling the pressure

13 September 2017

When hearing someone suggest that school leaders are ‘only as good as their last Progress 8 score’, our headteacher diarist winced – is this why we came into teaching?


Diary of an NQT: Getting to know you

13 September 2017

Becoming a form tutor has proved rewarding for our NQT diarist, although the role throws up an array of interesting, engaging and sometimes bizarre interactions with students


The time has come for change

13 September 2017

This month the National Education Union came into existence. Dr Mary Bousted sets out its aims and ambitions for the coming months and years



An eight-point plan for 14 to 19 education

6 September 2017

A policy paper published during the summer by Edge sets out the charity’s case for a coherent, unified and holistic phase of education to prepare 14 to 19-year-olds for their future careers. Author Olly Newton explains




Scottish education: The challenges ahead

31 August 2017

The new academic year brings with it key challenges for teachers and school leaders in Scotland. We asked the general secretaries of the Educational Institute of Scotland and the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association to outline the most pressing issues facing schools this year


Support staff: It’s time to act

31 August 2017

School support staff are being hit by falling budgets, low morale and heavy workloads. Sarah Duncan urges the Scottish government to act


The only certainty is uncertainty...

5 July 2017

In his final article for SecEd before he stands down as NAHT general secretary, Russell Hobby reflects on how the current political uncertainty could be a blessing in disguise for school leaders



Diary of an NQT: Time to say farewell

5 July 2017

SecEd readers have followed the trials and tribulations of our NQT diarist throughout this academic year. The time has come to say goodbye…


At the chalkface: Some good frontier gibberish

4 July 2017

I tether my horse in the bike shed, mosey into the fancy foyer, check my holster, check my gun, lower my Stetson, kick in classroom door and stand alone, like Gary Cooper in High Noon




At the chalkface: Sports Day

28 June 2017

Sports Day: The inevitable dropping of the baton, the mad dash for the first 20 metres of 1,500 metre race and the subsequent knackered perambulation, the long jumps and high jumps of less than two feet...


Are you a ‘moany’ teacher?

28 June 2017

Do teachers moan too much? Dr Bernard Trafford says it is too easy to brand our profession as one of cynics and moaners







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