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Justice must be done

18 October 2012

The GCSE grading fiasco cannot be swept under the carpet and a legal challenge is on the cards. Kevin Courtney explains.


Can one size ever fit all?

18 October 2012

Marion Gibbs asks whether one single type of exam can ever fully reflect the entire range of skills and intelligence of our student population.


Playing Gove Bingo!

18 October 2012

There is only one thing that keeps our headteacher diarist going amid the current education policy whirlwind ― Gove Bingo! He takes us through the rules...


Another fine mess

18 October 2012

Our NQT diarist gets to grips with enterprise education ―¬†and her messy desk.



Still on the road

18 October 2012

Forty yards of bad prose. Whatever. It's still one of my favourite novels. Has any book so supposedly meretricious been so magical, so influential, so inspiring?


Every teacher matters

11 October 2012

After World Teachers' Day last week, Julian Stanley asks what the world would look like if we actually realised teachers' worth.


A new dawn for the NPQH

11 October 2012

Dr Jane Doughty on the new modularised approach to middle and senior leadership qualifications at the National College.


Handling wicked problems

11 October 2012

There are critical problems, tame problems, and wicked problems ― Alex Wood finds a leadership theory that finally offers something of use for the profession.


Teacher as leader

11 October 2012

Traditional teaching methods will not develop students' adaptability, innovation, resilience, critical-thinking or creativity. Dr Conrad Hughes reprises his recent lecture on the teacher as a leader of learning.



Mysterious cat aliens

11 October 2012

Our NQT diarist has come through her first observation unscathed and is embracing the freedom first-year teachers have to experiment in lessons.


The benefits of breeding dragons

11 October 2012

What role do computer games have in the educational of 21st century children? Karen Sullivan offers her perspective.


The teachers facing abuse and torture

11 October 2012

It is our duty as educators, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw, to stand and support our colleagues across the world who face torture, abuse and even death because they are a teacher.


Three o'clock dossers

11 October 2012

Are you a 3pm dosser? Come on! Hands-up! Sir Michael "Well 'Ard" Wilshaw wants you to work harder...


Assistive technologies

4 October 2012

With radical reforms to the SEN system and the growing adoption of technology for education, how can teachers make the most of the latest advances in EdTech? Peter Johansson takes a look.


The end of spoon-feeding?

4 October 2012

Our new exams will prioritise knowledge ― but students will need more skills than ever to pass them, says Phil Parker.


Living in times of innovation

4 October 2012

How do we innovate? Amanda Peck proposes a simple model ― based around the effective management of 'change' and 'risk'.


Early EBacc concerns

4 October 2012

Marion Gibbs runs through the key concerns about the EBacc reforms that she says must be addressed during the lengthy consultation period.


Like an ever-rolling stream

4 October 2012

It's work/life balance week? It doesn't feel like it to our NQT diarist, for whom time has become like sand slipping through her fingers.


The parents' survey is in

4 October 2012

The parents' survey is in, but our headteacher diarist cannot bring herself to open it...


EBCs: A disaster plan

4 October 2012

How many professions in the 21st century require the skills of working alone, with pen and paper, for hours on end? Dr Mary Bousted leads the fight-back against the EBCs.


Crucial debates on SEN

4 October 2012

All schools must get involved in the process of change as new ways of working and funding structures are introduced for SEN students. Dr Hilary Emery explains.


EBacc to the future

4 October 2012

We need to get EBacc to the future ― to 1956, say, or 1960 ― to my old O level with those Dead White Blokes and a bit of the old Dryden...

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