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The wrong priority, Mr Gove?

2 May 2013

While Michael Gove argues for longer school days and shorter holidays, our university funding system is in meltdown. Marion Gibbs questions our government's priorities.



Where has my quiet form gone?

2 May 2013

The behaviour of our NQT diarist's year 7 form is unrecognisable from six months ago. But have they really become that bad, or is it down to other people's habit of focusing on the negative?


A 17-hour school day

2 May 2013

Chairman Gove is clearly on to something, but he doesn’t go far enough. I propose a more rigorous 17-hour school day.


The bonkers recruitment process

2 May 2013

After losing a candidate for his English position at the last minute, our headteacher diarist reflects on the crazy nature of the school recruitment process.


Global Campaign for Education: Every child needs a teacher

26 April 2013

The Send my Friend to School campaign is fighting for world leaders to fulfil their promise to deliver an education to every child. Sam Whittingham and Millie Wells, 15, are the campaign’s 2013 Young Ambassadors and have just returned from a visit to Indi


We're no longer 'a soft touch'...

25 April 2013

Teodora and her mother presently live in a hostel off Queensway. It’s not much fun. Boys on baby bikes yell obscenities at them. They call her “gypo” and threaten to “grass” her – as they are taught to do by the tabloids.



Tackling inequity in Scottish education

25 April 2013

Inequity across education is a problem for many countries. Alex Wood critiques Scottish education secretary Mike Russell's recent proposals to address this continuing issue.


Keeping control of workload

25 April 2013

Data shows that workload problems increase at this time of year. Julian Stanley offers teachers some solutions.


Paris’s lesson is a lesson for us all

25 April 2013

The experience of the UK's first youth crime commissioner is a lesson in the dangers of social media that all our students – and teachers – must learn, says Hilary Moriarty.


When headteachers change

25 April 2013

Teachers like their routines and dealing with change can be hard – especially when that change is your very own headteacher. Our NQT diarist tells us how she's coping.


BYOD: 11 keys to success

25 April 2013

Earnie Kramer argues the case for why schools must embrace bring your own device programmes.


Why should local authorities bother?

25 April 2013

As more and more schools convert and join academy chains, John Till discusses the mixed messages that local authorities are receiving about their future role.


Making waves – and plans

25 April 2013

What did you reflect upon during the Easter break? Our headteacher diarist got to thinking about the future...


Teacher launches exam support app

24 April 2013

After working with his students to design an app to help with exam organisation and revision, Andy Buck is hoping the tool will help to make a real difference to students across the country.


Reforms are sidelining expert curriculum opinion

18 April 2013

As the consultation over the new national curriculum comes to an end, SecEd editor Pete Henshaw points to a range of expert opinion that has been sidelined by a government not willing to listen to criticism of its reforms.


The dangers of a narrow and nationalistic history

18 April 2013

The proposed new history curriculum came under fire from a number of eminent history experts at a recent roundtable hosted by the group Curriculum for Cohesion. They argued that we cannot develop successful, patriotic citizens with a ‘narrow, nationalisti


The forgotten support staff

18 April 2013

Despite being crucial to raising standards, some key support staff roles are often overlooked, says Christine Lewis.


Performance pay is not the issue

18 April 2013

Performance-related pay is not the issue for our headteacher diarist, but what the best pay policy is for rewarding teachers who host revision session and other activities outside of school hours.



Curriculum reform: View from the Department

18 April 2013

Since the publication of the draft national curriculum, SecEd has hosted a range of debate on its content. Here, education minister Elizabeth Truss argues the government’s case.


Research has shown

18 April 2013

Research has shown that Dave has “a biological predisposition”. To wreck my lessons? Not quite. This teenage predisposition makes him “go to bed late and get up later”. Ah. What we doctors call sloth?


Good news simply doesn’t sell

18 April 2013

Do people really believe what they see in the media about education? Marion Gibbs reflects on the tendency of journalists to focus on the negative.


Who is education actually for?

18 April 2013

After a CPD session focused on 'stakeholder management', our NQT diarist reflects on who our education is really designed for and whether it has pupils' best interests at its heart.

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