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Diary of an NQT: The art of report-writing

27 January 2016

Our NQT diarist is writing his first set of pupil reports and is following a series of steps in a bid to ensure that they offer effective motivation and support


Pupil Premium: The elephant in the room

21 January 2016

The Pupil Premium is the core strategy for closing the achievement gap and tackling the stark effects of poverty on educational outcomes. But there is an elephant in the room – not every eligible child gets the funding. Pete Henshaw joins the calls for this to change


The forgotten 50 per cent in our schools

20 January 2016

The government’s approach to support staff is sometimes jaw-dropping, says Jon Richards. He details a catalogue of problems that lead to these professional becoming the forgotten 50 per cent.


At the chalkface: A moral dilemma

20 January 2016

“But we ain’t doin’ nothing!!” Ah, the legendary phrase. I’ve heard it for 40 years. That flat denial of a misdemeanour as it is being enacted. All those negatives. They’ve always not been doing nothing, not ever, not nohow, not once in their whole lives...




Challenging collaboration

20 January 2016

Many educationalists support the idea of collaboration between our schools and professionals. However, a new research review has challenged this outlook. SecEd invited its author, James Croft, to put forward his argument



Statutory PSHE key to mental health fight

13 January 2016

The on-going battle to protect young people’s mental health would be bolstered by the DfE making PSHE and SRE statutory subjects, argues Pete Henshaw






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.

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