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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.


Reaching my 'lazy' students

27 June 2013

What is it about a minority of pupils whose lack of effort and organisation means their learning suffers so notably? Our NQT diarist discusses how she can reach all her students, including those who appear 'lazy'.


Poorest still suffering most in the recession

27 June 2013

Too many children are still not getting access to good quality education and health services, and are being adversely affected by the economic downturn, according to a report.


Safeguarding – who should you turn to?

27 June 2013

School staff have a key role in spotting neglect or abuse, but in a diversified school system do you know who you can turn to when problems emerge? Dr Hilary Emery considers some problems with the current system.


What will you be doing this summer?

27 June 2013

As the summer approaches, teachers everywhere are preparing to take luxury breaks for six weeks and won't be thinking once about their students. Er, not quite, says Marion Gibbs.



And so it all boils down to this...

20 June 2013

The government's examination reforms are centred around the belief that students should only be allowed one shot at success. But when dealing with adolescents, this approach is fatally flawed, explains Professor Mick Waters.


Eve's timely reminder for educators everywhere

20 June 2013

An evening's educational debate included addresses by four renowned experts – but it was a 10-year-old P6 pupil who left Alex Wood with an abiding memory of what the core values of the teaching profession must be.


What is the right approach to student assessment?

20 June 2013

As her students enter their final exams, our NQT diarist muses on the differing forms of assessment she has employed and whether these approaches have yielded the best results possible.


Beanoland!!!

20 June 2013

The Children’s Laureate wants to get “more children reading as widely as possible”. The Gove seems keener on getting fewer reading as narrowly as possible...


College students – at age 14

20 June 2013

The move to allow 14 and 15-year-olds to enrol in colleges will expose some glaring anomalies in the current system. Christine Lewis explains.


The power of teachers as coaches

20 June 2013

Phil Parker looks at how schools can develop an effective coaching programme as part of a whole-school approach to teachers' CPD.


What about teachers' family lives?

20 June 2013

As the debate over extending the school day rumbles on, Julian Stanley asks what happens to teachers’ lives if schools stay open longer.

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