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Funding, inspection, statistics

9 January 2019

It is hard to know what 2019 will bring. Continued challenge and change is perhaps the only thing we can bank on. Paul Whiteman looks ahead to 2019, but you won’t find him making any predictions...



Diary of an NQT: Planning a scheme of work

9 January 2019

Asked to take on the planning of a scheme of work for her department, our NQT diarist has revelled in the experience and now awaits her colleagues’ verdict...


At the chalkface: Every lesson shapes a life

9 January 2019

Have you seen the new one? It’s called “Every Lesson Shapes a Life”. It’s slick, nicely cut and seductive. A girl walks down a cunningly lit school corridor passing through the various stages of her schooling. Teachers display sensitivity, tough love, empathy...


Why so many knives?

5 December 2018

Karen Sullivan continues her focus on the reasons behind the knife crime epidemic among young people, and considers how the perpetrators are often victims as well


School funding: Still they do nothing...

5 December 2018

The noise being made over the school funding crisis has become deafening, yet still the government is choosing to ignore the evidence, says Kevin Courtney


The great school holiday debate

5 December 2018

How would you restructure the school year to better support and improve teacher wellbeing and student learning? Gerry Mallaghan proposes a shorter summer break and longer half-terms...



At the chalkface: The Oxbridge fetish

5 December 2018

I was at Oxford – whoops, there we go! Shut up! In 1452. It was all a bit fusty and disorientating. The unchecked privilege, dodgy heritage culture, casual sexism, gender blindness and whopping class bias...



NQT Special: Lessons from year 2

28 November 2018

Last year’s SecEd NQT diarist is now in his second year at the chalkface. We asked him to offer his advice to this year’s NQT cohort as the end of term one approaches


NQT Special: Your rights and entitlements

28 November 2018

Welcome to SecEd’s NQT special edition. The next eight pages offer a range of advice for NQTs as they approach the end of their first term. To begin, Chris Keates looks at the entitlements and support that all NQTs should be receiving


Don’t mention the B word

28 November 2018

The shadow of Brexit is hanging over the progress made in recent years by the EU’s education consultation and negotiation group, says Jon Richards


NQT Special: Diary of an NQT – term one

28 November 2018

SecEd’s NQT diarist writes every week detailing the trials and tribulations from her first year at the chalkface. Here, she looks back on her first term at the successes, failures and lessons learned...


At the chalkface: A game of their own

28 November 2018

Give girls the choice to participate in the beautiful game. Like my four-year-old granddaughter does now. She’s already two-footed and executed a rather cheeky Cruyff turn on me the other day.


Take the grind out of school

21 November 2018

Respected, but still overworked and underpaid – we are simply not valuing our teachers highly enough, says Geoff Barton in SecEd


The key to gifted education

21 November 2018

Should we consider enrichment and self-directed instruction ahead of gifted education programmes and streaming if we want high-performing students to achieve their potential?



At the chalkface: Just ask a teacher

21 November 2018

We know these things. The problem has always been the powers that be don’t pay us attention. They “consult”. They construct a face, which doesn’t listen, and generally do zilch


The edge of the knife

14 November 2018

A landmark report into knife crime in London shows how the number and violence of incidents are increasing, with more and more young people becoming involved. Karen Sullivan takes a look


A backwards step for EAL

14 November 2018

New research demonstrates why the Department for Education should heed the evidence and reintroduce a record of proficiency in English in the School Census


At the chalkace: Any classroom, any time

14 November 2018

“Billy Boy” Byron lives in a caravan under Westway. His drunken father hits him a lot. The teacher wants to like him, but cannot. He wishes he was only absent. So does Billy Boy.



Diary of an NQT: The quiet students

14 November 2018

A recent experience has opened our NQT diarist’s eyes to those quieter students in her classes who might be slipping under the radar...

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