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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.


Ofsted and its culture of fear

8 November 2012

Ofsted is a bruising process, with heads reporting a dramatic shift towards a culture of fear and suspicion, says Brian Lightman.



Field trips: Don't lick the trees

8 November 2012

What world-wise lessons has our NQT diarist learnt after her first ever school field trip? Steer clear of licking those trees...


Negative reinforcement

8 November 2012

This is called 'negative reinforcement'. It's rubbish and, thankfully, rare these days. In moments of despair, fatigue or bloodlust, I may have called Dave Mania 'a buffoon', but it was never meant to be malign.



A level reforms are 'deficient in every sense'

24 October 2012

Michael Gove's plans to overhaul A levels mirror his GCSE reforms and include dissertations and terminal examinations. In a scathing analysis, academic Dr Phil Wood argues that the proposals are 'deficient in every sense'.


Charlie Taylor on 'School Direct'

18 October 2012

School Direct is the government's new school-based training programme. Teaching Agency chief executive Charlie Taylor argues why this new approach will help schools to develop the highest quality new teachers.


Collaborative lesson planning

18 October 2012

Andy Newell discusses teachers working together to plan lessons and the use of video to help with reflection and improvement.


Teaching in Africa

18 October 2012

The global charity VSO runs placements for UK teachers to work in any one of 33 developing countries to help improve standards of education. We asked two recent volunteers ― who worked in Ghana and Ethiopia ― to describe their experiences.


Why we must have a Royal College of Teaching

18 October 2012

Why should we have a Royal College of Teaching? After a Prince's Teaching Institute workshop last month established the first principles of what such an institution might look like, John Coles argues why it is an essential move for the profession



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.

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