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Seize the initiative with sex education

3 October 2013

The new curriculum has got itself into a muddle about the place and extent of sex and relationships education, which risks leaving young people unprepared. Dr Hilary Emery explains.


It's not clever and it's not funny

3 October 2013

Teachers are all over the telly at the moment. Soaps, documentaries and the two sit coms Big School and Bad Education. Are you watching? Our pupils are...


Teacher Education Days

3 October 2013

Baker Days may have been stolen out of our holiday time, but our headteacher diarist can't help but like these strange events at the beginning of term.


Kathleen's dilemma

26 September 2013

Kathleen is a smart as pins & must go to Oxbridge, so she's told. The problem is she's not sure she wants to. Still on with the Personal Statement…


Three changes that could finally close the Attainment Gap

26 September 2013

It is fantastic to see a real momentum building up around the Pupil Premium, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw. The policy is one of three changes in our approach to disadvantaged pupils that could finally make a dent in the Attainment Gap.


The recruitment challenge

26 September 2013

After welcoming a record 30 new members of staff this term, our headteacher diarist considers the range of skills, talents & hard work that goes into the recruitment process.


A more equitable approach to philanthropy

26 September 2013

Alex Wood suggests how proposals for a national system of philanthropically financed bursaries for outstanding students could be made more equitable.


Gareth Bale vs Mr Bale

26 September 2013

Julian Stanley imagines a world where teachers are treated like footballers, with massive salaries, transfer windows and specialist support teams.


My first parents’ evening

26 September 2013

Our NQT diarist recounts her first parents' evening and open day under the spotlight. It's all about the chairs apparently...


The challenge of setting expectations for pupils

26 September 2013

Are your expectations of pupils too high? Or non-existent? And how do your pupils feel about them? Child psychologist Karen Sullivan on how to ensure expectations are a positive influence.


A new education vision beyond politics

26 September 2013

Rather than constant churn and piecemeal change, we need a longer-term vision for education that lasts beyond political cycles, argues Brian Lightman.


Careers catastrophe will damage nation

19 September 2013

With schools dumped in at the deep end without any extra funding, it is no surprise that Ofsted has found careers guidance in schools severely wanting. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says everybody in education could see this debacle coming, except it seems mi


Mr Strict, Miss Gossip and Mr Cool

19 September 2013

From Mr Strict to Miss Gossip, and Mr Cool to Miss Best Friend, our NQT diarist is discovering the various characters that seemingly populate every staffroom...


A government out of touch

19 September 2013

If teachers do not stand up to Michael Gove’s attacks on education, then the consequences will be disastrous, argues Christine Blower.


Engaging with year 7

19 September 2013

As the new year 7s settle in, our headteacher diarist is focused on maintaining their momentum and enthusiasm through to year 12 – and feels engaging with their parents is the secret to success.


The children who are born to fail

19 September 2013

Rather than improving across the last five decades, poverty and disadvantage still wreak havoc on 3.5 million underprivileged children, causing them to lag far behind their more affluent peers, from health to education, early development to housing. Dr Hi


Inspired by Malala

19 September 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational school girl who was shot by the Taliban because of her campaign for education spoke at the UN earlier this year. We hear from the UK’s Young Ambassadors for the Global Campaign for Education, who were in New York for th


Why you should consider the cloud

19 September 2013

With more and more schools turning to cloud computing, former ICT teacher James Penney discusses three factors to remember if you are thinking about making the move to cloud services.



Good headlines for once

19 September 2013

As her students settle into the new year, Marion Gibbs is reminded of the many positive things that our young people dedicate themselves too – and is equally cheered when some government announcements continue the theme of positivity.


As long as it takes

19 September 2013

My pupils, Dave Mania and Dennis Plum, still sit raging, balding and bored in my “Illiterates R Us” class. They wear the grim bling of a “D” medallion. They are now middle aged. I am probably posthumous.



Education is more than just academia

12 September 2013

As yet more research contradicts the government's curriculum reforms, SecEd editor Pete Henshaw asks how many more experts and researchers need to speak out before ministers realise the damage they are doing.


Is professional 'love' appropriate?

12 September 2013

Are there any circumstances where ‘professional love’, ‘attachment’ and ‘passion’ could be appropriate or inappropriate in education? Alex Wood discusses the issue after being asked this question recently.


Exam factories

12 September 2013

Some of my teaching chums were deemed “rebels” for years. When they tried to break out of the strait-jacket they went bonkers and were sometimes put back in one. Or sacked. Tragic stuff. We spent years ducking and weaving and ditching the wretched curricu

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