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Ignore this man!

12 September 2013

Just one week in and our NQT diarist has already been "cliqued off" and given a range of advice, including a crucial warning from her headteacher – ignore this man!


We can achieve anything together

12 September 2013

A meeting with his old teacher and a visit to school by some former students reminds our headteacher diarist that anything can be achieved, even in these harrowing times.



Do you want grades, or an education?

5 September 2013

Everyone is demanding grades – from politicians to business leaders and of course parents – and most schools are delivering, but is this at the expense of education? Hilary Moriarty asks the question.


The Sabre-Tooth Curriculum

5 September 2013

Andy knows lots of stuff that’s important to him, but not the kind of stuff that’s important to other people. Gerald Haigh on the curriculum debate that has been raging since 1939.


The increasing problem of multiple entry

5 September 2013

Once again this summer the media were obsessed with the debate over whether standards were rising or falling – but at least they have finally picked up on the increasing problem of multiple exam entries, says Marion Gibbs.


Comedian 0, Teachers 1

5 September 2013

A stand-up comedian takes our NQT diarist during a night out on the tiles. Big mistake...


A supply teachers’ charter

5 September 2013

Supply teachers must have better recognition and rights. Dr Mary Bousted argues for a supply teachers’ charter.


We risk criminalising children

5 September 2013

This summer, two legislative changes have slipped by schools unnoticed which could lead to the criminalisation of vulnerable children. Dr Hilary Emery explains.


Back in the ring

5 September 2013

The summer is over and now you must go all “loco parentis”. You have to be this multi-tasking public person – a mix of pastor, moral icon, lion tamer, academic, diplomat, bouncer, shrink, stand – up, priest, ring master, Mafia Don – and have the charisma


The noodle-surfing champion

5 September 2013

The day-to-day grit and determination of caretakers, office staff, teaching assistants, teachers and heads to give of their best goes unreported once the exam result headlines are dry.



Challenging times ahead

29 August 2013

Larry Flanagan warns that with new National qualifications, Curriculum for Excellence, and increasing workloads, Scottish teachers face a tough year ahead.


Do you ‘correct’ pupils’ Scots?

29 August 2013

Do you take pride in the Scottish language spoken by your students, or do you dismiss it as slang and insist on ‘correcting’ their speech? James Forbes explains.


Politicians come and go – but teachers will endure

4 July 2013

SecEd editor Pete Henshaw looks back at what has been a difficult year for teachers. But as summer arrives, he reminds us that politicians don't hang around for long, whereas good teachers will continue to make a difference at the chalkface for years to c


From maths teacher to bumble bee!

4 July 2013

From a maths teacher and business advisor to a relay runner and even a bumble bee! This year's SecEd NQT diarist signs off with her final entry by looking back at some of the highs of her first year at the chalkface.


Saying goodbye

4 July 2013

Isn’t saying goodbye to the 11th/13th year’s hard work? Dear me. All those final assemblies, lachrymose valedictions, elegiac picnics, terminal huggings, shaving cream frolics and magic markings on T- shirts, as they pass through the school gates for the



Criminality or high-jinks?

4 July 2013

End-of-term pranks can sometimes get out of hand, but should we really be calling for police involvement? Of course not, says Alex Wood.


Avoiding the common pitfalls of social media

4 July 2013

Social media can offer students the chance to get ahead in their education and careers – but Karen Sullivan looks at how schools must ensure teenagers avoid the common pitfalls of this new technology.


Here come the super teachers!?

4 July 2013

As Ofsted calls for a squad of national service teachers, Julian Stanley reminds us that our teachers are still passionate about tackling the achievement gap.


What is the purpose of homework?

4 July 2013

After receiving parental complaints that students were not getting any homework, our headteacher diarist decided to do a bit of digging...


SecEd supports our striking teachers

27 June 2013

As thousands of teachers take to the picket lines, SecEd puts its support, once again, behind the NASUWT and National Union of Teachers, as they stand up for their rights, and the rights of their students. Editor Pete Henshaw explains why.


Dear Mr Gove...

27 June 2013

In his final entry of the year, our headteacher diarist sheds his cloak of anonymity and pens an open letter to education minister Michael Gove with a clear warning about the educational despair that many school leaders and teachers are feeling.


The examined life

27 June 2013

The examined life, eh? Where does it get you? In lucid intervals, I can still translate Caesar, ablative absolute or identify a Miltonic simile, but that’s about it.

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