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Supporting effective CPD for NQTs

27 November 2012

NQTs must 'learn how to learn' if they are to thrive at the chalkface. Philippa Cordingley considers what this means.


In favour of re-sit reforms

22 November 2012

Moving to an exams system that allows less re-sits will do our students many more favours in preparing them for real life, says Karen Sullivan.


Two contradictory truths

22 November 2012

Teenagers living in areas of concentrated poverty often face enormous barriers to successful, engaging learning. The same students however are no more incapable of achieving these ends as any others, says Alex Wood.




The NQT week that was

22 November 2012

The inability to say 'no' leads to the week going by in a blur for our NQT diarist.


Some compulsory reading for politicians

22 November 2012

Daniel Pink's work on leadership offers six key lessons that UK politicians should pay close attention to if they want to help and support UK education.



Dramatically good

22 November 2012

If you want to see what can be achieved in a classroom, go and see a good drama teacher. If you're lumbered with only the core subjects ― what Sir Ken Robinson calls neck up education ― go and visit your Arts block...


Back from work experience of a lifetime in America

22 November 2012

Last year, SecEd and Lightspeed Systems offered a lucky student and teacher the chance to visit California to spend a week at the firm's HQ. The winning duo, from St Ciaran's College in Northern Ireland, describe their experience.


Can school league tables ever be intelligent?

21 November 2012

Michael Gove has admitted that league tables rely too much on one measure and focus too much on the C/D borderline. But despite this, he still believes that he can make the tables 'intelligent'. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says this is misguided.


Do you earn the Living Wage in your school?

15 November 2012

Do you earn the Living Wage? Do your colleagues? Most of the one million UK school support staff are women who are incredibly low-paid and struggling to make ends meet. Christine Lewis says it is time for the Living Wage in our schools.


Questions to ask of your school network

15 November 2012

Is your school's network up to speed? Is it delivering the services you need while offering value for money? Earnie Kramer offers a range of monitoring questions to help you find out.


The Learning Continuum

15 November 2012

A skills-led approach to teaching allows learners to transcend key stage barriers and shows students how to learn. Phil Parker explains.


Where does the time go?

15 November 2012

Despite how busy school leaders are, it is vital that we take the time to remember the important things ― such as why we do what we do and each and every one of our staff members.


Creativity vs academia

15 November 2012

While the government measures academic achievement above all else, Marion Gibbs finds that parents take a huge interest in what is available beyond the core curriculum.



Meeting the challenges of excluded children

15 November 2012

How can schools ensure that the varied and challenging needs of excluded children are being met by whatever alternative provision is on offer locally? Dr Hilary Emery discusses.


Like we never happened

15 November 2012

Onwards! No blubbing. I shuffle in. So far so good. No snarling sirens. I put the collar up and the hat down and proceed round the corner ― and suddenly it's there. A great, glittering monolith, full of light and steel and bronze things and soaring


It's all about belief

15 November 2012

Oasis Academy South Bank opens in 2013. Principal designate, Carly Mitchell, describes the experience of preparing the school.





Overcoming subject stereotypes in school

8 November 2012

We must get to students earlier and inspire a lifelong love of their favourite subjectsbefore the masculine and feminine stereotypes set in, says Karen Sullivan.


How to raise attainment in our schools

8 November 2012

When a politician recently challenged Alex Wood on how we can raise attainment in schools, he proposed a number of approaches from curriculum to catchment areas.

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