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Staff leaving speeches

27 September 2012

The 'blarters', the 'carpers' and the 'prolongaters'. When it comes to your staff leaving speech, which one would you be? Our headteacher despairs at them all!


Farewell Ness

27 September 2012

Ness was a wife, a farmer, a horse whisperer and a lifelong friend. This week she lost her battle with cancer. Our NQT diarist describes how the lessons she learnt from Ness should influence all teachers.


A change for the better?

27 September 2012

While many have criticised the proposals to reform GCSEs and introduce new EBacc Certificates, Karen Sullivan argues that the change will do the profession good.


Let's get physical

27 September 2012

Your first four actions could well dictate everything. Get the first four steps wrong and your class isn't going to "take the journey with you". Your authority will be shot to bits.



After seven years at the National College

20 September 2012

As Steve Munby, chief executive of the National College, prepares to stand down after seven years, he looks back on a period of change for school leadership and considers the road ahead.


Would you recommend teaching?

20 September 2012

More than half of teachers in England have said that they would not recommend teaching as a career choice. Darryl Mydat looks at the issues that are troubling the profession.


NHS vs education

20 September 2012

Ministers and the public are always keen to praise and defend the NHS, but so quick to denigrate education. John Till asks why this is.


Ministers matter too!

20 September 2012

Did you care about the cabinet reshuffle? Does it affect you? Dr Hilary Emery explains why it is actually rather crucial for the sector.


Requires Improvement Mr Gove!

20 September 2012

Our education secretary's performance in the GCSE grading debacle can only be described as 'requires improvement'.


The gloves are off

20 September 2012

Having had enough of the recent spate of independent school bashing, Marion Gibbs says its time to hit back.


By hook or by crook

20 September 2012

Things have got busy for our NQT ―┬áreally busy. And she has not been helped by some minor 'disasters' in her form.


Six steps for change

20 September 2012

Edge has set out its Six Steps campaign ― six key ideals that politicians and educators must adopt if all young people are to realise their talents and ambitions. Jan Hodges explains.


A Flat Spin

20 September 2012

Open Evenings eh? What a palaver! Time for the air steward rictus grin, the caring stare, the perky suit from the Autograph range of M&S, and, of course, the mellifluous flannel of the whizzo head's keynote...


Exam standards and the GCSE controversy

19 September 2012

The GCSE controversy has revealed the 'strange mix' of criterion and norm-referencing which is at the heart of our exam system. Dr John Dunford, chairman of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, offers a commentary.


After 32 years

13 September 2012

Alex Wood was flabbergasted. Despite the 32 years, he remembered him ― a delightful wee lad who always looked in need of a good meal...


Ideas for boosting morale

13 September 2012

With so much bad press, it's important to start the new term off on the right foot with your students ― Karen Sullivan offers some tips.


The fight for status

13 September 2012

With huge variations in pay and job descriptions, school business managers often feel isolated in their role, says Christine Lewis.


Teachers are people too

13 September 2012

With more teachers calling for support with financial and emotional issues, Julian Stanley asks whether a teacher's home life affects their pupils.



The bliss of my lovely year 7s

13 September 2012

The screeching and sounds of calamity that emerge from a nearby year 9 classroom are confirmation that this bliss cannot last forever...


Focusing on the here and now

13 September 2012

As headteachers, if we focus too much on the future and worry too much about the past, we'll forget the here and now...


Stamping out VQ stigma

13 September 2012

Lord Baker on why we must stop telling our students that A levels and university are the only route to success.


London Calling

13 September 2012

Maybe it's the Olympics or the Notting Hill Carnival or the terrific new Zadie Smith novel NW, but London is rather rocking at the moment ― especially the inner city.


Achievement = inspiration + effort?

11 September 2012

Why is it that continuous improvement is recognised and rewarded in athletics, but not always in education? Bill Watkin discusses.

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