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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...


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

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