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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.


The worst timing possible...

20 June 2013

Our headteacher diarist despairs as the confirmation of GCSE reform and Michael Gove's comments on the quality of the current qualifications come just as our students enter the exam hall...


The art of re-invention

20 June 2013

Social media and the online world allows students to consider the way they are perceived much more clearly, and means they can re-invent how they are viewed by their friends and others. Karen Sullivan considers the implications of this modern trend.


How should we grade exams?

13 June 2013

Numbers, letters or something else? How we can best grade our students' exams is a never-ending debate. Headteacher Marion Gibbs looks at the options.


A cyber-bullying plague

13 June 2013

The statistics on calls to children's helplines over the past 10 years make for sobering reading – and show a distinct growth in incidents of cyber-bullying. Dr Hilary Emery takes a look.


Killing coursework is a dangerous move

13 June 2013

While national newspapers get overly excited about the possible renaming of GCSEs, the complete loss of coursework and the implications of this for students' learning is not being debated, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw.


The measuring season

13 June 2013

Exams: The invigilators’ shoes that squeak like dying mice, the bunkers pulling funny faces against the windows, the breathless panic of the tardy. And things forgotten: like pens, quotes, the English Anthology, compasses, calculators, exam numbers, set t


Creating a culture of learning

13 June 2013

After bumping into two students in her own front garden, our headteacher diarist muses on how we can create a culture of learning at home as well as in school.



The nervous new NQT arrivals

13 June 2013

As our NQT diarist nears the end of her first year, she is quite taken aback by the flood of nervous trainee teachers coming into the school applying for positions.


Industry demands new ICT leasing guidance for schools

13 June 2013

The education ICT industry is calling for the government to clarify guidance over the leasing of technology in schools. Caroline Wright argues that we are missing out on millions of pounds in potential savings.


Are you happy, Steve?

24 May 2013

After a raft of recent research into the state of education and the teaching workforce, Julian Stanley asks if teachers really are happy.



My two-day battle with Ofsted

23 May 2013

A school judged outstanding but for the data with inspectors refusing to take context or evidence on the ground into account. Our headteacher diarist takes us through their two-day battle with Ofsted.


Sir Alex – the best headteacher there never was

23 May 2013

Headteachers need the dark arts too – those menacing pauses, that blank, unforgiving gaze and that threat of an erratic and incendiary rage. The dreaded Hairdryer. I could never do that stuff. I could never make Dave Mania quake in his boots. I wish I cou


Why is the debate on skills so polarised?

23 May 2013

While many other countries value skills as highly as knowledge in their education systems, the UK is stuck in a rut. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw argues why skills are just a vital as knowledge to our students' futures.


Striking for education

23 May 2013

Ahead of the first in a series of regional strikes in the NUT and NASUWT’s campaign for education, Christine Blower reminds us all why they are taking action.


Do you care about your pupils?

23 May 2013

Do you care about your students? Or just their results? Are they learning for the workplace? Or learning to be human? Alex Wood discusses the core role of relationships in education.


Making revision useful

23 May 2013

Seeing her pupils copying out notes for their revision has set alarm bells ringing for our NQT diarist. She discusses the approaches she has recommended her students adopt.



Stuff this for a lark

16 May 2013

If you rise to your level of incompetence – it’s called The Peter Principle – you might well find yourself in something called a Leadership Group Team. You will then get lumbered with the morning assembly.


Do you have a Beruf?

16 May 2013

Drawing on his experience in Germany, Brian Lightman argues why we need to quickly change our attitudes towards vocational education.


Is university the best preparation for the future?

16 May 2013

While we have been pushing more and more students to go to university, jobs have become harder and harder to find for young people. Marion Gibbs on why her school is encouraging students to consider all their options when deciding on their progression.


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