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At the chalkface: Social determinism

13 April 2016

If my dark visions are the new reality, if the rich have got it all stitched up, if state school exams count for so little, surely we could scrap all those scuzzy academies and go back to real schooling and teaching what we wanted?





DfE must lead from front on workload

6 April 2016

The Workload Challenge has finally yielded tangible action – but the DfE must lead from the front if we are to see the culture change we need, says Pete Henshaw


The EBacc: Five things to remember

16 March 2016

The consultation on the implementation of the English Baccalaureate closed in January and, as we await the outcome, discussion as to its strengths and limitations continues apace. Tom Middlehurst urges us to keep in mind five points






At the chalkface: Their secret lives

16 March 2016

Their lives might not be this good again. It’s this stuff you remember about Lily, Timothy – and any number of others – and why you mostly teach...


Diary of an NQT: All in a day’s work

16 March 2016

Choir practice and a night walking expedition – a reminder of the variety we find in school life gives our NQT diarist that ‘love my job’ feeling


The problems with Prevent

9 March 2016

The implementation of the government’s Prevent Duty is in danger of restricting freedom of speech and discussion in our schools, warns Kevin Courtney



Diary of an NQT: It’s good to talk!

9 March 2016

The power of informal chats, both when it comes to discipline and when building teacher-student relationships, cannot be underestimated, as our NQT diarist is finding




Mental health frustrations

9 March 2016

There is a willingness in schools to tackle mental health issues, but research reveals a frustration with support services. Anna Feuchtwang explains


At the chalkface: Cognitive dissonance

9 March 2016

Cognitive dissonance rules. UK schools are either the most intellectual and happiest and best in the world or the dimmest and unhappiest and worst in the world.


Retention: Protecting our future...

2 March 2016

Idealism lies at the heart of many teachers’ motivation and love of the profession – but still thousands are leaving. Gerald Haigh offers school and government leaders three keys to tackling the retention crisis


Can you find enough governors?

2 March 2016

A increasingly discussed solution to the shortage of school governors is to pay them. This would be a dangerous step, argues Dr Bernard Trafford




At the chalkface: Libraries

2 March 2016

I wrote five years ago about how Kensal Rise Library was to be pulled down. It was opened 100 years ago by Mark Twain, but there was nothing he could do, what with being dead. It looked like the end.


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