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Michael Gove's East Durham attack is sad and shameful

21 March 2013

It is bad enough that Michael Gove's attack on East Durham's schools was based on comments made 10 years ago, but it is shameful that he has not even had to decency to visit the area to see the reality on the ground, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw.


Outdoor education with purpose

21 March 2013

Alex Wood remembers an example of purposeful out-of-the-classroom learning and discusses how powerful getting outdoors can be.


Why going back to basics is dangerous

21 March 2013

Effective education uses tools that engage and reflect the modern learner. The current drive to go 'back to basics' risks losing learners on the journey, argues Karen Sullivan.



The Crown and Manor

21 March 2013

“Saved my life that Boys’ Club!” he’d always say. Well, that club was called The Crown and Manor and it’s been saving the lives of young men in Hackney for more than 100 years.


Standing against the EBacc

21 March 2013

Michael Gove's EBacc-focused curriculum is a threat to our culture – and it's down to schools to hold their moral compass, says SecEd's headteacher diarist.


My 'bottom set' year 7s

21 March 2013

Instilling a sense of belief in your students can sometimes be a challenge. Our NQT diarist explains some recent successes she has achieved with one of her classes.


Problems with the Data Dashboard

21 March 2013

The recent focus on able governance is welcome, but the debate has ignored the vital link between governors and school culture. Julian Stanley explains.


The unpredictable school treadmill

14 March 2013

The annual cycle of school life rolls ever onwards, but while it can sometimes feel like a treadmill – it is still the unpredictability of our students that makes the job worthwhile, says Marion Gibbs.


Back at the chalkface aged 129

14 March 2013

We’re somewhere in the year 2018. I’ve just been retrained, rebooted, rebranded, reborn and recycled back to the chalkface. I could well be cutting edge. Why? Let me explain...



Not nearly radical enough, Mr Gove

14 March 2013

If Michael Gove wanted to be truly radical in his education reforms, he would scrap GCSEs altogether and abandon national testing at age 16. Former headteacher Steve Farmer argues the case.


Focusing on your CPD butterflies

14 March 2013

Inspired by Sir Tim Brighouse’s focus on the power of teachers sharing their CPD ‘butterflies’, Phil Parker discusses a skills-based approach to this idea.


We cannot sit back over pay

14 March 2013

The government says its pay plans will see good teachers getting more money – Christine Blower is not convinced.


Dashing to the Ofsted Dashboard

14 March 2013

As Ofsted launches yet another tool for compiling and disseminating statistics about schools, our headteacher diarist continues her fight to keep morale up in school.


Into the lion’s den at parents' evening

14 March 2013

Our NQT diarist discovers the joy of the pre-parents' evening lesson as her students aim to impress. She also picks up some pointers on handling those trick questions that parents can ask.


The obesity police 2

7 March 2013

“Little Kevin” is back on Ofsted Watch. He’s back on top of the East Bloc Roof with the zoom lenses and binoculars. He’s on a pony a week. I need all the help I can get.


Stress in education: A real and present danger

7 March 2013

Teachers and school leaders are working an average of 11.1 hours of unpaid overtime every week, but still ministers and the public refuse to acknowledge the damage that stress and workload cause in education. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw urges action.


No more Dick Turpin teaching

7 March 2013

Karen Sullivan was originally aghast at the approach taken by her son's school to structuring learning. However, she soon saw the benefits of saying no to 'stand and deliver' tactics.


Stepping back from suicide

7 March 2013

Anyone can have suicidal thoughts, but there is always hope. Julian Stanley considers how we can remove the stigma around mental health issues in schools.



Ideas to encourage student wellbeing

7 March 2013

Society faces significant problems with poor physical and mental health and schools cannot escape the problem. Alex Wood discusses a few ideas to help improve the health and wellbeing of students.


Why am I feeling so negative?

7 March 2013

After some downbeat diary entries of late, our headteacher diarist discusses why it is that she has been feeling so negative in recent months.


Horse meat mathematics

7 March 2013

Always looking for topical examples to engage her charges with their studies, our NQT diarist introduces them to horse meat mathematics...


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