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At the chalkface: Grim negotiations

13 January 2016

Another Parents’ Evening rolls round, this time for the 11th years. Always a big one. A New Year. New targets – and five high-pressured months to the exams, whose results will dictate their tiny fates.


Diary of an NQT: Handling the mocks

13 January 2016

As term two gets fully underway, our NQT diarist is handling the fall-out from the mock exams – both positive and negative…



Leadership and gender equality

6 January 2016

Gender bias continues to blight society, not least when it comes to school leadership. Gerald Haigh examines the problems



Diary of an NQT: Back to the chalkface

6 January 2016

Fully rested, our NQT diarist is ready to go for round two and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead, both in and out of the classroom


They learn when they lose

6 January 2016

Sport is not just about fitness, but about the valuable lessons we learn when the odds are against us, says Dr Bernard Trafford



At the chalkface: Get happy

6 January 2016

As you wend your way through the early morning murk, traumas of the festive season dimming, resolutions fading like action plans, towards yet another of those riveting New Year Briefings, does your morale feel less than perky?



At the chalkface: Winter light

2 December 2015

Even Mother Mania has come to school. A first. Well, she’s here tonight and kissing her errant son, who grins proudly. At last he’s been witnessed.


Heterosexual focus excludes pupils from SRE

2 December 2015

Despite good intentions, many teachers delivering sex and relationships education are still focusing on heterosexuality, and therefore excluding many pupils. Dr Keeley Abbott explains


Is it show time at your school?

2 December 2015

Is the school production dying? A school show is not a bolt-on, says Gerald Haigh, but can often play a key part of healthy school community life


Diary of an NQT: Sixteen and a half days

2 December 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, our NQT diarist is starting to see the progress he has made this term and is making plans for the months ahead...


Diary of a headteacher: Business vs education

2 December 2015

To what extent should the practices of business influence how we operate our schools and education system? Our headteacher diarist reflects on this challenging question


Workload: No change for teachers

2 December 2015

A year on from the Workload Challenge and nothing has changed. The ATL is now taking direct action in a bid to help teachers. Dr Mary Bousted explains




Supporting good mental health

25 November 2015

We do not have a mental health crisis – but there are problems enough that it should be a key priority, says Dr Bernard Trafford



At the chalkface: Shelley

25 November 2015

Blimey, that’s telling them. That’s telling truth to power. Incendiary stuff. Topical too. Who could those “cold advisors” be? Our tax credit cutters? Ofsted’s cold minions? Or the pale chancellor himself?


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