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GCSE early entry – doing the right thing

17 October 2013

We are navigating our exams system through the rear view mirror with schools unable to plan ahead and students’ learning being constantly disrupted. Russell Hobby calls on heads to take a courageous stand.




Defending pedagogy from the politicians

17 October 2013

A brief encounter on a Euston-bound train sparks a discussion about pedagogy, the way people learn, and politicians' insistence on telling teachers how to teach. Dr Rob Smith explains


A tale of two inspection regimes

17 October 2013

Who has it tougher when it comes to inspections – state or private schools? Marion Gibbs reflects on a recent debate with state school colleagues.



Facing up to the careers guidance challenge

10 October 2013

The government cuts to careers guidance has left schools in the lurch. Our headteacher diarist gives a frank appraisal of her school's struggles to meet the new duty to provide effective careers advice for students.


Would you buy this car?

10 October 2013

Ofsted says three quarters of all schools are good or better. But it has also deeply criticised provision within certain subjects. Professor Mick Waters issues a vital warning.


My staff and I do not lie and cheat, Mr Gove

10 October 2013

The implication of changes to rules surrounding early GCSE entries is that professionals in schools are liars and cheats. Neil Morris explains why nothing could be further from the reality.


Punch & Judy on Question Time

10 October 2013

The rehearsal of idée fixes, the dog whistle politics and the same old pundits paid to be promiscuous with opinion. Tonight is no exception. It’s Punch and Judy. It sounds like your eighth year “your mumming” in the corridor of a wet Thursday.


Student-debt free by the age of 39

10 October 2013

Our NQT diarist discovers four things that you might not know about your student loan – and realises just how long it is going to take her to repay hers.


Dealing with impossible dilemmas

10 October 2013

How do you deal with dilemmas as a school leader – the problems where no matter what you do, you can't win? Alex Wood takes inspiration from a recent book by respected educationalist Danny Murphy.


The consequences of parental choice

10 October 2013

Where is this going to end? How many unnecessary places will be added before it is decided that there are enough? John Till discusses the consequences of parental choice in the education system.


Is it time to be more awesome?

10 October 2013

While many have struggled to raise the status of teachers, Julian Stanley believes a YouTube video by a 10-year-old American might just be the answer.


The impact of stress on students

10 October 2013

Good emotional health is critical for teenagers and stress can play a seriously detrimental role in their academic performance. Karen Sullivan explains


Ofsted: Part of the problem?

3 October 2013

Does inspection improve schools? Can you inspect quality into a system? Gerald Haigh picks up the debate after the recent row over whether Ofsted inspections are effective.


Teacher strikes – will history repeat itself?

3 October 2013

Finding himself in a London staffroom during a debate about the current industrial action, Sir Tim Brighouse recalls the teacher strikes of the 1980s and asks whether things will turn out differently this time around.


Private schools – setting the record straight

3 October 2013

Marion Gibbs is endlessly frustrated by the exaggerated stereotypes and prejudices that her school faces because it is in the private sector. After another such encounter this week, she tries to set the record straight.



Seize the initiative with sex education

3 October 2013

The new curriculum has got itself into a muddle about the place and extent of sex and relationships education, which risks leaving young people unprepared. Dr Hilary Emery explains.


It's not clever and it's not funny

3 October 2013

Teachers are all over the telly at the moment. Soaps, documentaries and the two sit coms Big School and Bad Education. Are you watching? Our pupils are...


Teacher Education Days

3 October 2013

Baker Days may have been stolen out of our holiday time, but our headteacher diarist can't help but like these strange events at the beginning of term.


Kathleen's dilemma

26 September 2013

Kathleen is a smart as pins & must go to Oxbridge, so she's told. The problem is she's not sure she wants to. Still on with the Personal Statement…


Three changes that could finally close the Attainment Gap

26 September 2013

It is fantastic to see a real momentum building up around the Pupil Premium, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw. The policy is one of three changes in our approach to disadvantaged pupils that could finally make a dent in the Attainment Gap.


The recruitment challenge

26 September 2013

After welcoming a record 30 new members of staff this term, our headteacher diarist considers the range of skills, talents & hard work that goes into the recruitment process.

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