The future of Scottish education

9 May 2013

Alex Wood hears the thoughts of Dr Rowena Arshad on the future of Scottish education after her appointment as head of Moray House School of Education.

Please don't kill anything...

9 May 2013

The sun is out and our NQT diarist is venturing outdoors with her year 7s. She is hoping that they will stay on track in her garden-based lesson – and that they don't kill anything...

Threats, threats and nothing but threats

2 May 2013

The Department for Education's idea of effective leadership of schools is to issue threat, after threat, after threat. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says it is time for our ministers to choose a more intelligent approach.

What's your view of our children?

2 May 2013

The modern era has been dominated by two views on childhood – one of tremendous progress in education and health, but a second which focuses on a moral decline and youth crime and sexualisation. Dr Hilary Emery discusses.

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

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