Editorial Comment

SecEd's editorial comment articles bring you the latest industry expert and editorial points of view on secondary education.


Children missing in education

19 April 2017

More must be done to find and support the tens of thousands of children routinely missing in education, says Dr Rebekah Ryder


Buddy, can you spare a dime?

29 March 2017

Buddy, can you spare a dime? The real impact of austerity, funding cuts and the National Funding Formula...


T levels vs the EBacc?

22 March 2017

The plans for new ‘Technical levels’ fail to take into account the adverse impact of the EBacc on the curriculum and so risk failure, says Kevin Courtney


Workload: #make1change

15 March 2017

The workload battle continues. Nansi Ellis urges teachers to support a new campaign to #make1change


Safeguarding – a concerted effort

8 March 2017

To be effective, safeguarding strategies need to recognise the role of all professionals working with children. Debbie Moss explains


Overcoming the Autism label

1 March 2017

People with autism can be a real asset to the workplace, but a lot must change if we are to support ASD students into the world of work, says Gerald Haigh



Trads vs Progs? Where do you stand?

1 February 2017

Are you a traditional? Or a progressive? It’s not necessarily that simple, says Gerald Haigh, as the passing of one educational champion reminds us...



Not sufficient, not fair

18 January 2017

Funding cannot be called ‘fair’ if it is not sufficient. Kevin Courtney spells out the real-terms funding cuts facing schools and calls for government action


The cracks are beginning to show

11 January 2017

From teacher recruitment to examination reform, the cracks in Michael Gove’s grand experiment are becoming too big to ignore, says Dr Mary Bousted


The worst experiment ever?

4 January 2017

If education was an experiment, it would be the worst one ever designed, says Russell Hobby


Questions over National Reference Tests

30 November 2016

Questions remain unanswered over the decision to use National Reference Tests to guide GCSE grade-setting and end ‘grade inflation’. Ian Toone explains


At the chalkface: The boys at the back

23 November 2016

I never really taught those “boys at the back”. They tolerated me. We had a benign truce. They larked about and went back to their culture. We must no longer deny it – but I’m rather afraid we will.



Two solutions to the teacher supply crisis

9 November 2016

A good supply of high-quality teachers is the key to maintaining and raising standards. Malcolm Trobe looks at how we can all work to improve teacher supply


Do we have real inclusion?

2 November 2016

We aspire to an inclusive education system, but the way we deal with our children is entirely outmoded, argues Gerald Haigh



Real priorities in education

5 October 2016

At a time of great challenge in education, the government must focus on the real priorities and not create divisions via selection, says Chris Keates



Green Paper: A dog’s dinner

21 September 2016

The prime minister’s Green Paper on education has proved very controversial. Dr Bernard Trafford tackles the four key tenets of the proposals


At the chalkface: Grammar Schools

14 September 2016

I somehow passed the 11-plus. I still don’t know how. I could spell “necessary” and “accommodate” and could recall with tedious accuracy what I did on my holidays...


An era of ‘hyper-accountability’

7 September 2016

We work in an age of ‘hyper-accountability’ when exam results have come to assume a meaning far beyond reliability, says Dr Bernard Trafford


Failing on recruitment and places

6 July 2016

The government is failing badly in two of its core duties – teacher supply and school places. Dr Mary Bousted outlines the problems


A failure on children’s rights

29 June 2016

The UN’s assessment on our performance on children’s rights makes for uncomfortable reading, says Anna Feuchtwang

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