At the chalkface: Philosophy

31 January 2018

It might not be allowed these days. It didn’t matter if we didn’t understand. If you’re not going to understand something it may as well be the world’s leading thinkers.

The demise of G&T?

31 January 2018

As budgets tighten, gifted and talented programmes are becoming largely forgotten about in state schools...

At the chalkface: On the cusp

24 January 2018

Ah, but true love rarely runs smooth. It’s not that simple. Class can ruin everything. Will Charlie feel the pull of his roots? Will he have to betray them?

The lost art of communication

24 January 2018

It is one of life’s most important skills, says Tom Ravenscroft, so why aren’t we teaching children to talk to each other?

At the chalkface: Punch and Judy

17 January 2018

Aren’t world leaders meant to conduct themselves with a little more gravitas? Emotional intelligence? Or just intelligence? Not brain dead, misogynist clots. Aren’t they meant to be role-models for our pupils?

Recruitment and retention: We do not need quick fixes

10 January 2018

Quick fixes are not the solution to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. Dr Sarah Charles and Dr Alison Hardman? argue that it is about status, and policy-makers might look to Finland for an example of how to get it right.

The Mental Health Green Paper

3 January 2018

Schools are front and centre in the new child mental health proposals, but these plans will need to be honed and implemented swiftly if they are to address the current crisis, says Anna Feuchtwang

Diary of an NQT: All change...

3 January 2018

Our NQT diarist has lost some of the classes with which he had been making good progress, and has been given a new challenging history group...

At the chalkface: Absinthe friends

3 January 2018

It's new year's eve. Phantasms flicker past my window. Faces from the past, alumni, blizzards of them, fall like snowflakes...

Bett 2018: Resource Our Schools

13 December 2017

As many schools reduce their spending on classroom resources and technology in light of budget pressures, Patrick Hayes reports on a new campaign urging better funding for education resources

Diary of a headteacher: Love over fear

6 December 2017

Creating a culture of fear will only get you so far before it unravels. Our headteacher diarist rejects this approach to leadership, opting always for a culture of love

Diary of an NQT: Under observation

6 December 2017

After a disappointing outcome from his first lesson observation, our NQT diarist is determined to come out fighting this time...

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