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We should re-frame the school autonomy debate

7 October 2015

The debate about school autonomy will not go away – and nor should it, says Professor Chris Husbands. However, perhaps it is time to re-frame the questions that are being asked




Student loans: A brave stand

7 October 2015

A brave stand by one university student has led to a change in Student Loans Company rules, with implications for many prospective students. Kevin Courtney explains


At the chalkface: Banning creativity

7 October 2015

The DfE says creative writing is “more skills-based than knowledge-based” and – here come da crunch – it’s too difficult “to secure valid assessment”. Ah. It’s not quite measurable – which means it can’t exist...



The DfE's obsession with ED Hirsch

30 September 2015

Have we redesigned our entire national curriculum simply because one man read a book in 2005? SecEd editor Pete Henshaw on the Department for Education’s obsession with Professor ED Hirsch





The government's abuses of power

30 September 2015

The UK now ranks alongside Russia on the Global Rights Index. Chris Keates describes the government’s shameful abuse of legislative power




Diary of an NQT: I am surviving!

23 September 2015

Our NQT diarist has survived his first full week of teaching and his first behavioural challenge. He is also picking up some valuable admin tips too


Recognising the skill of our TAs

23 September 2015

Through poor pay and conditions and high workload, there has been a systematic undermining of the teaching assistant role. Julian Stanley looks at the work of these vital professionals and the challenges they face



The key stage 3 dilemma

16 September 2015

Ofsted has warned that key stage 3 is the poor cousin of key stages 4 and 5. Russell Hobby says there are some key barriers facing schools if we are to tackle the problem



Diary of an NQT: Three basic rules

16 September 2015

As lessons get underway, the strict adherence to three basic rules is helping our NQT diarist to maintain a consistent approach with all his students


Will you be banning mobile devices?

16 September 2015

Will you be banning mobile phones or taking away tablets? Dr Bernard Trafford says, like it or not, the devices are here to stay


At the chalkface: The Fall

16 September 2015

Something happens, gradually, incrementally – certainly in my classes. Let’s call it the Fall, the Big School Fall. They get less bright, boredom sets in, behaviour gets worse...


We mustn't be afraid to challenge the status quo

15 September 2015

Government action on the summer-born children issue is welcome, but has got SecEd editor Pete Henshaw thinking about how difficult it can be to change the age-old structures of education




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