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At the chalkface: Credo

7 September 2016

It might get told in detention, corridor, playground or the classroom, but it must get told. Your job is to gain the pupil’s trust and simply listen. If you don’t you’re probably in for trouble, they will give up and tune out


STEM: Employers opening their doors to teachers

7 September 2016

Young people are continuing to shun opportunities to study STEM subjects despite the digital skills crisis that faces the UK. Edwina Dunn says the answer lies in employers being more willing to open their doors to teachers…



Scottish education: Challenges and priorities

25 August 2016

From the new Education Delivery Plan to issues with workload, assessment and funding – as another academic year gets underway, we ask three education trade unions to outline the challenges and priorities for Scottish education – affecting both teachers and support staff – in 2016/17


The real threat posed by Brexit

6 July 2016

While politicians squabble and economists fret, the real threat posed by the Leave vote is going unaddressed and young people are among those who could suffer the most, fears SecEd editor Pete Henshaw


Ashamed to be counted English

6 July 2016

Those too young to vote are angry at having been forced out of the EU. Dr Bernard Trafford challenges teachers everywhere: should we have done more?


At the chalkface: Sissy Jupe – part 2

6 July 2016

It is more necessary and exciting teaching in the inner city. It is where things happen. Ms Sissy Jupe is going to stay – and the school and the children are very lucky to have her...




NQT Special: The second year...

29 June 2016

Every week, SecEd’s NQT diary offers insights into life as an NQT. Last year’s incumbent is now enjoying her second year of teaching and offers some reflections on how things have changed in year 2...



NQT Special: Reflections on a busy year

29 June 2016

SecEd’s current NQT diarist is a science teacher from the Midlands. As his first year at the chalkface comes to a close, we asked him to sum up some of the highs and lows...


At the chalkface: Punk

29 June 2016

I remember 1976-78 so well. I was a young teacher in Ladbroke Grove. Suddenly our school was charged with punk energy. It was barmy, stupid, frightening, nihilist, funny, clever and confrontational, an inchoate response to terrible racism, rampant misogyny, class wars – and stupid hippies.





Diary of an NQT: A busy end to the year

22 June 2016

Despite year 11 exam leave, it’s a busy end to our NQT diarist’s year – with CPD, parents’ evening and planning for the next academic year...


At the chalkface: By heart

22 June 2016

The older I’ve got the more relevant it has become. It has served me well for, among things Brexit, tragedies, Nigel Farage, MRI scans, Donald Trump, strokes, and pretty much anything Michael Gove has ever said


Sexual harassment – a key challenge for schools

15 June 2016

Technology and our sexualised society are causing a new crisis of sexual harassment among young people, normalising the objectification of women, blurring lines of consent and warping the understanding of what is ‘normal’. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says the battleground is in our schools




Exams, gaming and inequality

15 June 2016

Inequality and gaming will continue unless the exam system is uncoupled from a school accountability regime restricted by the EBacc, says Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: White working class boys

15 June 2016

I’m reluctant to write about this topic. It’s a can of worms. Everybody gets it wrong. Nobody quite knows. You can end up being condescending, snobbish, generic or just plain ignorant – but here goes anyway.

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