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Why are teachers quitting?

6 March 2019

Workload has been identified as a key factor behind the retention crisis and why so many teachers choose to quit. But Dr Valerie Butcher asks whether it is also down to the type of work we’re asking teachers to do?


When priorities clash...

6 March 2019

Recent events show that sometimes what parents, children and schools want doesn’t always match up, a fact that presents a particular challenge for school leaders, according to Sarah Hannafin


Diary of an NQT: Back from the school trip

6 March 2019

Exhausted and facing a pile of marking to catch up on, our NQT diarist is back from her first ever residential trip – and doesn’t regret taking it on for a moment


At the chalkface: A funny tinge

6 March 2019

He cites such things as “meaningless words”, “verbal false limbs”, “dying metaphors”, “exhausted idioms” and the sheer “lying”, consciously or not, of so much political speech


Ofsted and your wellbeing

27 February 2019

Consultation over the draft Education Inspection Framework will close in five weeks’ time. Philippa Stobbs considers the potential within the proposals to foster better teacher and pupil wellbeing


Bullying: A new approach?

27 February 2019

Research shows us that fundamental changes are needed to how we approach anti-bullying work – both in national policy and practice on the ground, says Dr Elizabeth Nassem


At the chalkface: Strike!

27 February 2019

The Cuban Missile Crisis. October 1962. We protested and refused to kick off in case the world was blown to smithereens. It wasn’t. Our protest might have been decisive.




School accountability: The tide is slowly turning

6 February 2019

Proposed reforms from both Ofsted and the government seem to be positive steps forward against counter-productive, draconian and punitive school accountability, says Geoff Barton – yet the problems of Progress 8 remain...


At the chalkface: A Spell against Barbarism

6 February 2019

Like all grand daughters, she is raving genius. Like all four-year-olds she is a poet. It can’t be stopped. I hope it doesn’t get stopped when she starts school, that it’s not blocked by the dread syllabus...



Ofsted's reforms: Missing the point

30 January 2019

Ofsted has set out plans to rebalance school inspection, but is still failing to address the most crucial problem, says Dr Andrew Clapham


Teacher wellbeing: A shared definition

30 January 2019

Teachers are people, not just employees. Fail to consider the human and personal aspect, and any definition of staff wellbeing will fall short of the reality, says Julian Stanley



At the chalkface: How dare they…

30 January 2019

“I want everyone to see us as a force for improvement,” says Amanda Spielman. Hurrah! Though careful with the language, please, less of the “force”...



Achieving a ‘school-led’ system

28 January 2019

From curriculum approaches to collaborative networks, there are clear opportunities for schools to take back control despite the challenges we face. Ahead of the NAHT Secondary Conference, Robert Campbell considers the developing ‘school-led system'




Diary of an NQT: Leading a CPD session

23 January 2019

Asked to lead a cross-school CPD discussion on systems of assessment, our NQT diarist worries about whether she is qualified enough to take on the task…


It's time for more funding and less blame

16 January 2019

Per-pupil funding is set to be lower in 2019/20 than it was in 2015, but if we are to solve the funding crisis we must end the blame game, says Deborah Lawson




Embracing thinking schools

16 January 2019

Palliative care won’t do – the cure for education’s ills could well lie with the thinking schools movement, says Dr Dave Walters

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