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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...


Will ICT reforms sideline teachers?

3 October 2012

The drafting of the new national curriculum programmes of study has begun, but with such a tight timetable and the powerful voice of the computer science community, Bob Harrison asks whether the experience and expertise of ICT teachers will be heard and v


It's how he says it...

3 October 2012

It's not necessarily what Sir Michael Wilshaw says, it's how he says it that causes our headteacher diarist so many problems in school.


It's school gym, but not as we know it

27 September 2012

World-renowned authority on expandable intelligence, Professor Guy Claxton, will be discussing the 'learning-powered' school at the 20th SSAT National Conference this December. In a piece for SecEd's conference preview supplement, he explores some of his



One month in...

27 September 2012

NQT Lyndsey Hall reflects on her first weeks at the chalkface ― the highs and lows, the successes and challenges.


Social justice in Scotland

27 September 2012

Alex Wood on a 'perverse' Scottish system that is intended to close the education attainment gap, but in fact does the exact opposite.


We need more time for Premium impact

27 September 2012

It is far too early to be issuing threats over Pupil Premium impact in schools. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw urges Ofsted to leaves schools to get on with their work.


Achieving 100% attendance

27 September 2012

Jamie Robinson discusses his attempts to reach 100 per cent attendance in his school.


Five steps to a better system

27 September 2012

In light of the GCSE grading row, Russell Hobby offers five steps to a better exam and accountability system for schools.


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.

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