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At the chalkface: Parents’ evening again

18 November 2015

“You want I should ‘it ‘im for yer?” A thick-necked, cropped father asks the Teacher about his son. Said infant trembles. He has a tic, probably consequent on being so often ‘it.




Diary of an NQT: Behaviour for learning

18 November 2015

By putting himself forward to help with a ‘behaviour for learning’ session, our NQT diarist hopes to make further improvements in his behaviour management


Plan for more testing is a backwards step

11 November 2015

The move for yet more testing into our school system is a backwards step. We should be scrapping most exams, not introducing new ones, argues SecEd editor Pete Henshaw




Diary of an NQT: Being a bit more human

11 November 2015

An off-topic conversation about career options – which helped to create an engaging and enjoyable lesson – has got our NQT diarist thinking...



At the chalkface: Grammar schools for all

11 November 2015

I am a Grammar School Boy. I passed the 11-plus. I was pleased and bereft. I left my blubbing chums forever. They left me. They were “good with their hands”. I was “good with my brain”. Such a facile and callous divide. It’s all wrong.


Africa: A public-private debate

11 November 2015

Battle lines have been drawn in the public vs private debate for providing education in the developing world. Laura Brown offers an alternative public-private partnership model


Workload: Running the marking treadmill

5 November 2015

As yet another poll raises concerns about teachers leaving the profession, Gerald Haigh urges a whole-system approach to tackling workload – and we can start with marking


School funding: Time for action

4 November 2015

The school funding crisis is only going to get worse, leaving many schools facing unpalatable budget decisions. We need the government to act, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw


At the chalkface: Outside any classroom

4 November 2015

It’s the Ugly Mob – panicking parents, quisling inspectors, craven managers, performance-relating buffoons, profoundly ignorant ministers or foaming rabid tabloids. Among others. What do they want? A scapegoat.


SBMs and their workload fears

4 November 2015

Teacher workload is high on the educational agenda, but what about other school staff? Jon Richards focuses on the workload crisis facing many school business managers


Diary of an NQT: One down, five to go!

4 November 2015

Our NQT diarist is thrilled to have survived and thrived during his first half-term. It’s always challenging, but he is still looking forward to each day in school


Diary of a headteacher: Getting good governors

4 November 2015

The voluntary nature of governance makes it difficult to recruit people with the skills and dedication required. Our headteacher diarist reflects on how the role has changed




A compulsory EBacc contradiction

14 October 2015

The government’s compulsory EBacc is at odds with the stated view of Nicky Morgan, and will squeeze out other subjects, says Brian Lightman





Diary of an NQT: An incident I regretted

7 October 2015

Our NQT diarist is running over one particular incident of poor behaviour again and again in his mind and is worried about when he next teaches this student...

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