At the chalkface: Statistics

27 April 2016

Forty-three per cent of teachers plan to leave in the next five years and early retirement will increase. Good riddance. I was teaching at 100. Some of my best friends are posthumous and they’re still in the classroom – as good as ever.

You have left us little choice, Nicky Morgan

20 April 2016

Education secretary Nicky Morgan took on the teacher trade unions during the Easter conference season, but her ‘call to arms’ only served to show us exactly what this government thinks the role of our unions should be, says Anna Connelly

Raising the PFI question

20 April 2016

The buy-now-pay-later PFI approach delivered necessary new buildings, but what happens when the debts have to be repaid, asks Dr Bernard Trafford

At the chalkface: Read to your child!

20 April 2016

I don’t care what class you belong to, you can always tell a baby a bedtime story. Children never forget them. Not to do so is a crime. To shut the door on a baby without a tale is unforgivable.

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

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