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Vagabonds

23 January 2014

How did they get here? Are they pupils, who didn’t meet their targets? Who failed their grades and therefore failed in life? Like my Dennis Plum or Dave Mania? Or the still tragically missing Charlie Johnstone? Or are they my old English department, for w


Is Ofsted under pressure?

23 January 2014

With more and more schools challenging Ofsted judgements and a new inquiry into whether it’s fit-for-purpose, Dr Mary Bousted says the inspectorate’s influence is on the wane.



Mentoring for a brighter future

23 January 2014

Despite all our efforts, students’ futures are still largely decided by their parents’ pasts. Dr Tessa Stone explains how the charity Brightside is trying to make a difference.


Kissing granny IS about consent

23 January 2014

The furore over the Sex Education Forum's latest teaching resource on consent has been blown out of all proportion by journalists not wanting to engage in the real issues, says Dr Hilary Emery.



In defence of textbooks

23 January 2014

For a brief moment, our headteacher diarist found himself in agreement with a Conservative education minister, until normal service resumed...


What Teresita Lemus can teach us

23 January 2014

The remarkable achievements of American educator Teresita Lemus should be celebrated, but we cannot rely on the hero teacher model to run our education systems, says Alex Wood.


The art of assessment

23 January 2014

The tricky art of assessment is proving to be one of the biggest challenges for our NQT diarist this year, not least the task of 'guess-timating' what her students are going to attain.


A fitting epitaph to an inspiring educator

16 January 2014

Late last year, Simon Viccars – a passionate and dedicated teacher and school leader – lost his fight against cancer. Before he passed away, during a brief period of recovery, he wrote this article for SecEd. We publish it now by way of tribute to an educ


Vital league table decisions ahead

16 January 2014

Reformed league tables are a long way off, but decisions made now could dramatically affect your school’s position. Russell Hobby explains.


What’s so bad about Blackadder?

16 January 2014

What's so bad about Blackadder in history lessons? What's so bad about a little laughter in the classroom? Psychologist Karen Sullivan says it can actually have a positive impact on student outcomes.




Taking a few more risks as NQTs

16 January 2014

With the autumn term under her belt, our NQT diarist resolves to take more risks this time around, especially in a bid to really stretch those gifted and talented students.


Busting the myths about our governors

16 January 2014

While welcoming recent national headlines about the role of school governors, SecEd editor Pete Henshaw is still frustrated by people's ignorance of exactly how important these vital volunteers are for our education system.


Hitting the ground running

16 January 2014

Our headteacher diarist looks to hit the ground running this year, although still has to contend with new Ofsted guidance, impending STRB reports and staffroom wags!


Bad management

16 January 2014

Is your management team any good? Mine seem to think so. Let me quote from their whizzo prospectus. They observe that they could well be “diligent, committed, talented, self-critical, self-aware and selfless with understanding, wisdom, and possess an unde




Breaking good

9 January 2014

Mr Dazzle is at last having a plenary. “Hard work makes us ever more successful,” he concludes. Wasn’t Goebbels a fan of this stuff? You wonder how you’re going to survive until Easter. Maybe Walter White, the chemistry teacher from Breaking Bad had the r


The frustrating subtleties of results data

9 January 2014

As all headteachers know, the subtleties of results data can be complex and hard to communicate, says our headteacher diarist, which makes it all the more frustrating when media and parents focus on the one headline figure.


Language: Are we over-egging the custard?

9 January 2014

Schools must concentrate on human relationships and not public relations – and we can start by making sure our language is clear, accurate, unambiguous and readily understood. Alex Wood explains.


Police in schools – getting it right

9 January 2014

When police work in schools there is always a fear that they risk unnecessarily criminalising the very students they are there to support. Dr HIlary Emery looks at some examples of good practice.


The pressure on our children is too much

9 January 2014

With research showing the devastating pressure that young people are facing as they enter the workplace, Pete Henshaw argues that both our education system and wider society places too much importance on success at all costs.

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