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The return to selection: Three key points

15 March 2017

The consultation over the grammar schools issue has been shown to be a complete travesty. Tom Middlehurst raises three key points when it comes to the government's plans for 140 new, potentially selective, free schools




Diary of an NQT: The school show

15 March 2017

With many of her students starring in the school show, our NQT diarist was front and centre in the audience – something that her students really appreciated...





At the chalkface: The glass is half full

8 March 2017

Look, if you’re pretty good and pretty tough and really like your subject and the children, teaching is still just about the best job in the world.


"In arrogant denial…”

8 March 2017

The government is in arrogant denial of the crisis it has caused in teaching. Chris Keates calls for proper investment, action on workload and better support



Diary of an NQT: A much-needed rest

1 March 2017

The February half-term provided a much-needed rest for our busy NQT diarist. But now she has an impending school trip to think about…



At the chalkface: Armed and dangerous?

1 March 2017

I kick in the classroom door like tinder and threaten disruptives with extreme prejudice. It’s rather good fun. Revenge for those times when I was useless. Well, here I am, 100-years-old and in crazed control. The Terminator.


Tips for effective communication

8 February 2017

Good communication can go a long way to resolving many conflicts and causes of stress and anxiety. Julian Stanley offers his advice





At the chalkface: Home-schooling

8 February 2017

Meanwhile, Sylvie could care less and is very busy dancing with her polar bear, Sidney, to the Rolling Stones – not part of any foreseeable syllabus.




Are we happy with Progress 8?

1 February 2017

Is Progress 8 a better way of ranking schools? As the dust settles, Dr Bernard Trafford offers his view


Support staff: A tough year ahead…

1 February 2017

Support staff are on the frontline as funding cuts take hold and school leaders are forced to make unpalatable decisions, warns Jon Richards



At the chalkface: One in a million

1 February 2017

English has been shrunk. It is thin gruel. Set texts, parrot answers and little serious creative writing. I’d instigate fierce, ruthless, elitist writing classes for the talented...

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