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At the chalkface: The cleansing of Dave Mania

24 February 2016

We’ve all had the serious lesson wrecker in the back of our classrooms. S/he can ruin your best laid plans, prompt savage migraines, and harm the life chances of other pupils. Something must be done.


Tackling the teacher recruitment crisis

24 February 2016

We face a situation where teacher burn-out is becoming an accepted part of education. Chris Keates calls for action in a bid to tackle teacher workload and stem the recruitment crisis







Diary of a headteacher: An impossible situation

3 February 2016

Faced with an incredibly complex situation, our headteacher diarist only managed to reach a solution and a way forward after extensive consultation with colleagues and mentors. He reflects on the experience


The arts continue to be cut

3 February 2016

Dr Bernard Trafford discusses yet more evidence that policy-makers view the arts as being unessential




Diary of a headteacher: Riding the rollercoaster

27 January 2016

School leaders experience a range of emotions – as was perfectly illustrated for our headteacher diarist in the space of a few hours recently. He reflects on how well he handled the various challenges he faced...


Vital steps to keep children safe

27 January 2016

As ministers improve safeguarding guidance, they should also guarantee all children vital lessons about sex and relationships, argues Anna Feuchtwang


At the chalkface: Dark Star

27 January 2016

Enter Courtney, a thin, tall boy, ballet flats, Ziggy hair, mixed race, very camp, and probably transvestite. “I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa coming for you.” It’s a bit early for this sort of thing.




Diary of an NQT: The art of report-writing

27 January 2016

Our NQT diarist is writing his first set of pupil reports and is following a series of steps in a bid to ensure that they offer effective motivation and support


Pupil Premium: The elephant in the room

21 January 2016

The Pupil Premium is the core strategy for closing the achievement gap and tackling the stark effects of poverty on educational outcomes. But there is an elephant in the room – not every eligible child gets the funding. Pete Henshaw joins the calls for this to change


The forgotten 50 per cent in our schools

20 January 2016

The government’s approach to support staff is sometimes jaw-dropping, says Jon Richards. He details a catalogue of problems that lead to these professional becoming the forgotten 50 per cent.


At the chalkface: A moral dilemma

20 January 2016

“But we ain’t doin’ nothing!!” Ah, the legendary phrase. I’ve heard it for 40 years. That flat denial of a misdemeanour as it is being enacted. All those negatives. They’ve always not been doing nothing, not ever, not nohow, not once in their whole lives...



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