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Academies: A critique

28 February 2013

Teacher, author and academy governor Francis Gilbert argues that the wasteful academies programme has exacerbated existing educational inequalities by allowing good and outstanding convertor schools to ‘grab most of the cash’.



A lesson freeze-framed

28 February 2013

So let’s go instead to an actual classroom, to this rich tragicomic theatre, to the start of a 10th year English lesson of a February morning. And let’s freeze frame it.



The future holds more than just coding

28 February 2013

The new GCSE in computer science is destined to have just a niche appeal, argues Anna Pedroza, and could leave those students who aren't engaged by algorithms lacking a grounding in IT and digital literacy.



Leadership lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson

28 February 2013

What lessons can headteachers take from the management style of Sir Alex Ferguson? Our headteacher diarist considers the pros, and cons, or Sir Alex's approach.



Another attack on us liberals

21 February 2013

Traditional good! Progressive bad! Academies good! Comprehensives bad! Fifties good! Sixties bad! Dryden good! Plan B bad! Virgil good! Tarantino Bad! Matthew Arnold good! Michael Rosen bad! Him right! Us wrong!



Every teacher is a teacher of literacy

21 February 2013

After seeing students commit a number of silly reading mistakes, and the impact these errors have had on their mathematics work, our NQT diarist is discovering that every teacher is truly a teacher of literacy.


Taking student voice seriously

21 February 2013

Too often student voice is about dinner menus and toilet decoration. Alex Wood discusses real student engagement with real learning issues, and the challenge of ensuring that you hear the voice of all children, not just the most enthusiastic.


Why do teachers ask for help?

21 February 2013

Both new and experienced teachers contact the Teacher Support Network help lines for advice. Julian Stanley looks at the pressures they are under and the problems they report.



Recruiting the perfect teacher

21 February 2013

What do you look for when recruiting staff? How can you tell that a teacher will fit in well? This is just one of the many challenge faced by our headteacher diarist during a tough week.


You cannot force children to eat healthily

21 February 2013

Government advisors on school food have suggesting banning packed lunches in the healthy eating drive – but child psychologist Karen Sullivan argues that this exactly the opposite of what is needed.



With apologies to Jonathan Swift

7 February 2013

In a time of no jobs, no Sure Start, no EMA, no homes, no future, no hope, of massive tuition fees and rigorously formidable Latin Abacas, this 15 per cent of infants are doomed. Expendable. Surplus to the national effort. Ian Whitwham offers another mode


How should we measure child poverty?

7 February 2013

How do you define child poverty? Is it purely an issue of money, or are there actually a range of factors that have an influence? SecEd editor Pete Henshaw critiques government plans to change the definition of what "living in poverty" means.


Are you a Tweetcher?

7 February 2013

Only a small proportion of teachers are on Twitter. Phil Parker argues why tweeting can really help to improve your teaching, among other benefits.


A health and wellbeing toolkit

7 February 2013

Overcoming young people’s reluctance to talk about personal matters is a key part of making PSHE lessons a success. Dr Hilary Emery introduces a new toolkit that might help.





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