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Reflections on an NQT year

28 June 2012

SecEd's NQT diarist this year, Tomas Duckling, considers the lessons he has learnt after his first year in the classroom.


The 16 steps to success

28 June 2012

CPD expert Phil Parker outlines 16 skills that young teachers should focus on to achieve professional success.


Learning about HIV

21 June 2012

Thousands of children are affected by HIV and schools have a crucial supporting role to play. Dr Hilary Emery explains.


Performance pay is folly

21 June 2012

Introducing performance-related pay for education staff would be folly, argues Dr Mary Bousted.


Gambling on Dunkirk

21 June 2012

All teachers take risks, but when you're an NQT they can be that little bit scarier, as Tomas Duckling discovered...


Testimony

21 June 2012

David Torn on the impact that the horrors of the Holocaust have on his students ― and on him.


Inspiring independent learning

21 June 2012

While many classrooms do contain technology, not all make use of it to promote independent research. Karen Sullivan on fostering the ability to learn independently.


We must have our say on Ofsted

21 June 2012

Ofsted has unveiled yet more changes to the inspection regime. London headteacher Kenny Frederick offers a commentary on the latest alterations and also a call to action to her fellow school leaders.


A cautionary tale

21 June 2012

Once upon a time, in the sunless summer of 2012, there was a jolly good library in London Town ― in Kensal Rise.


A shameful tale

21 June 2012

SecEd editor Pete Henshaw on a sorry affair in Brent which epitomises the impact of government cuts.


Whose fault is it anyway?

21 June 2012

Is a teenager's academic success really down to the school and its teachers or are wider factors at play? Psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses.


Designing computer science

21 June 2012

Geoff Coombe discusses the new vision for the teaching of computer science in schools and argues why academic knowledge and practical skills must combine to equip students for the future.


Three types of poor teacher

14 June 2012

As calls are made for fixed-term contracts in the classroom, Alex Wood describes the three common types of poor teacher and why fixed contracts won't work.


Keep on running

14 June 2012

Tomas Duckling does all he can to avoid being roped into the staff sports day relay race...


Lessons from Alberta

14 June 2012

Many of the world's best education systems have learnt that collaboration works. So why haven't we? Phil Parker explains


Ofsted: Yet more changes

14 June 2012

School inspection is shifting again after Ofsted unveiled a number of changes for September. Russell Hobby looks at some of the key points.


Do you know what stress is?

14 June 2012

The Ofsted chief inspector says that teachers do not know what stress is. Julian Stanley knows of at least 5,000 of you who would disagree.


Professional boundaries

14 June 2012

The Leveson Inquiry has thrown up a debate about professional boundaries ― an issue that teachers are only too aware of, says Marion Gibbs.



The cycle of education

14 June 2012

There ought to be a word for this whole caper, this cycle of education. Stupidity? Gall? Incompetence?


'Take out your phones...'

14 June 2012

Mobile phones are increasingly being welcomed in the classroom. Earnie Kramer looks at how they might benefit learning and discusses some of the key issues to consider when lifting the ban.

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