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Diary of an NQT: Assessment anxiety

3 October 2018

The first round of summative assessments are approaching and our NQT diarist is trying to ensure she doesn’t take the results too personally...


There may be trouble ahead...

26 September 2018

From Ofsted to the Spending Review – former schools minister David Laws gives SecEd the inside track on the six challenges facing the education secretary in the year ahead...



Why you should ignore negative headlines

26 September 2018

No matter what the societal problem, teachers always seem to get the blame. Julian Stanley looks at how we can avoid letting this negativity get to us



The well-trodden route to exclusion

19 September 2018

Better scrutiny of school exclusions, in particular the illegal off-rolling of students, is long overdue, says Dustin Hutchinson



At the chalkface: One in five

19 September 2018

If pupils are too poor or “challenging” they’re somehow chucked out. It’s all the go. You don’t want to screw up those league tables. So “poorer” children must be excluded...



A plea to Damian Hinds...

12 September 2018

As another year gets underway, what big decisions face schools and what challenges face the education secretary? Sir Mike Griffiths outlines what he sees as the key challenges



At the chalkface: Speechifying

12 September 2018

"Altitude is attitude,” she says cryptically. Or is it vice-versa? Are we back with the angels? Who knows? The poor pupils are bamboozled.





At the chalkface: A fellowship of good cheer

5 September 2018

Here’s my top survival tip for the new year. Give this stuff no attention. Junk it completely. Make your classroom immune from it. Cultivate a siege mentality...



The female leadership gap

4 July 2018

The female leadership gap: are you stepping up or staying put? New research has focused on why women only account for 38 per cent of all secondary headteachers. Dr Laura Guihen explains


What exactly is Ofsted for?

4 July 2018

Ofsted is under immense scrutiny at the moment, not least because there is no clear evidence to prove that its inspections improve the standards of education, says Dr Mary Bousted




Making online life safer for pupils

4 July 2018

How should teachers’ work in the classroom act alongside legislation to ensure children can enjoy a safer internet? Anna Feuchtwang discusses


At the chalkface: Another England

4 July 2018

This terrific department isn’t a one off. Many English departments do this. Poetry is the heart of the subject and children are natural poets.



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