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Engaging with year 7

19 September 2013

As the new year 7s settle in, our headteacher diarist is focused on maintaining their momentum and enthusiasm through to year 12 – and feels engaging with their parents is the secret to success.


The children who are born to fail

19 September 2013

Rather than improving across the last five decades, poverty and disadvantage still wreak havoc on 3.5 million underprivileged children, causing them to lag far behind their more affluent peers, from health to education, early development to housing. Dr Hi


Inspired by Malala

19 September 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational school girl who was shot by the Taliban because of her campaign for education spoke at the UN earlier this year. We hear from the UK’s Young Ambassadors for the Global Campaign for Education, who were in New York for th


Why you should consider the cloud

19 September 2013

With more and more schools turning to cloud computing, former ICT teacher James Penney discusses three factors to remember if you are thinking about making the move to cloud services.



Good headlines for once

19 September 2013

As her students settle into the new year, Marion Gibbs is reminded of the many positive things that our young people dedicate themselves too – and is equally cheered when some government announcements continue the theme of positivity.


As long as it takes

19 September 2013

My pupils, Dave Mania and Dennis Plum, still sit raging, balding and bored in my “Illiterates R Us” class. They wear the grim bling of a “D” medallion. They are now middle aged. I am probably posthumous.



Education is more than just academia

12 September 2013

As yet more research contradicts the government's curriculum reforms, SecEd editor Pete Henshaw asks how many more experts and researchers need to speak out before ministers realise the damage they are doing.


Is professional 'love' appropriate?

12 September 2013

Are there any circumstances where ‘professional love’, ‘attachment’ and ‘passion’ could be appropriate or inappropriate in education? Alex Wood discusses the issue after being asked this question recently.


Exam factories

12 September 2013

Some of my teaching chums were deemed “rebels” for years. When they tried to break out of the strait-jacket they went bonkers and were sometimes put back in one. Or sacked. Tragic stuff. We spent years ducking and weaving and ditching the wretched curricu


Supporting teachers on the front-line

12 September 2013

Following the calls for teachers to be alert to female genital mutilation and forced marriage, Julian Stanley asks if teachers should shoulder all the responsibility.


Caution over College of Teaching plans

12 September 2013

There has been much support for plans to create a College of Teaching, but Chris Keates is worried about the different interpretations of how it might operate.


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.


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