Editorial Comment

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




Exclusion: We need a better alternative

14 March 2018

There are clear flaws in the system of pupil referral units and alternative provision. The time is right for the government to lead a root and branch review


Is Ofsted value for money?

28 February 2018

Kevin Courtney says that many teachers believe Ofsted is not fit-for-purpose – a punitive system which does not help schools to improve...



Flouting the law on teachers' pay

17 January 2018

While the recruitment crisis worsens, teachers continue to be denied their minimum pay uplift entitlements, with many schools flouting the law


At the chalkface: Child poverty

10 January 2018

In 2015 there were 30,000 “excess deaths” in England and Wales, according to research. The reason? Simple. “Cuts”. Nothing else.


'Dumped at the gates’

27 December 2017

Let’s just take a moment to consider the tortuous world of today’s teenage learner...


Academies: A very expensive mess

6 December 2017

The academies programme is an expensive mess and, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the government is burying its head in the sand. It’s time for a radical rethink...


Statutory RSE must be truly inclusive

29 November 2017

The government’s forthcoming guidance for compulsory relationships and sex education must be made inclusive of all students, including those with SEN and disabilities, says Lesley Kerr-Edwards


Schools and social services

15 November 2017

The growing number of referrals by schools to children’s social services is an alarming trend – and all the signs point to services that do not have the capacity to cope. Debbie Moss explains


While the government fiddles…

8 November 2017

The government says that education unions have been ‘misleading’ the public when it comes to school funding – but nothing could be further from the truth…


Mental Health: Just a sticking plaster?

1 November 2017

Immediate action is needed to support young people’s mental health, but this will be nothing but a sticking plaster unless we tackle the roots causes of the increasing problems


A ‘fiscal event’ worth watching

11 October 2017

The November Budget is the time to take definitive action on school funding. Paul Whiteman urges the Chancellor to step up and do the right thing


School funding: A call to action

3 October 2017

The average secondary school faces real-term, per-year losses of £178,321. With a mass lobby of Parliament planned, Kevin Courtney says enough is enough


Pay and conditions: Open sesame

27 September 2017

The public sector pay debate has focused on teaching staff, but support staff have been suffering under the pay cap too. Jon Richards wants to see fair pay for all


The dispossessed in our system

20 September 2017

Tinkering with the exam system misses the mark and does nothing to help the underbelly of underachievers that is our national scandal, says Geoff Barton


Social mobility: Breaking down the barriers

13 September 2017

Progress on social mobility is slow, with the top professions still being dominated by the rich and the privately educated. Julia Shervington discusses how we might change this and empower students to overcome the barriers they face




Meanwhile, outside Westminster…

21 June 2017

While all talk focuses on the hung Parliament election outcome, our education challenges remain. Deborah Lawson outlines three areas for action as ministers get back to work


The top to-do list priority for the DfE

14 June 2017

Now that the election is over, teacher education and teacher supply must top the to-do list for the education secretary. James Noble Rogers outlines the priorities for the government



Choices have to be made...

24 May 2017

Political choices have to be made on school funding before it’s too late, says Kevin Courtney


An education manifesto

17 May 2017

Brexit is important, but this election must also be about education, argues Dr Mary Bousted

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