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A half-decent pay deal...

25 April 2018

Finally, school support staff and other workers have been offered a half-decent pay deal, this now needs to be fully funded, warns Jon Richards


At the chalkface: Meeting Mrs Malaprop

25 April 2018

A real perk about being retired is meeting former students. It’s a sort of temporal vertigo. It’s difficult to know what tense you’re in.


Diary of an NQT: Leading my first CPD

25 April 2018

Asked to lead a CPD session for trainee teachers, our NQT diarist was thrilled to find other teaching and support staff colleagues also keen to take part...


Gender bias: What would you do?

18 April 2018

Are women punished for being successful? Unconscious bias is not a woman’s issue – it is everyone’s issue, says Caroline Sherwood





The death of the arts?

21 March 2018

By the time policy-makers recognise the importance of the arts, it may be too late to save them, says Dr Bernard Trafford


Retention: A glimmer of hope

21 March 2018

Low pay, high workload and an eroding of professional autonomy are huge retention challenges – but there is hope, says Julian Stanley





STEAM – not just STEM

14 March 2018

We must not STEM the creativity of the arts – but we must STEAM ahead with a broad and balanced curriculum, argues Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: If you liked school…

14 March 2018

“If you liked school,” goes the caption, “you’ll love work.” Has it really come to this? Is education now merely about getting a job? Nothing else?



No more gifted and talented

7 March 2018

Forget ‘gifted and talented’ programmes – every child should be challenged and enriched, says headteacher Tony Eysele



Online RSE support is vital

7 March 2018

Government plans to overhaul relationships education are doomed to fail without online resources to guide teenagers, says Catherine Barker


Diary of an NQT: A focus on assessment

7 March 2018

The end of the second assessment cycle for our NQT diarist allows him to take stock and reflect on the progress of both his students and his teaching


At the chalkface: Cheating

6 March 2018

This happened nigh on 30 ages ago, but I’ve sometimes worried that it might have constituted cheating. Did it make a difference to Plum’s final grade?


SEN: Fighting the system

28 February 2018

What can we do when we find ourselves increasingly having to fight the system in order to achieve the best outcomes for our most vulnerable students?



At the chalkface: A working class hero

28 February 2018

Some prejudices seem effortlessly intact. You just parade your unchecked privilege, flaunt your lack of knowledge and feel somehow permitted to unleash such ill-considered tripe.


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