Editorial Comment

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


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


Our pay continues to suffer

10 May 2017

Government vanity projects, huge reserves in some schools, and unprotected and squeezed core funding means teachers’ pay continues to suffer, says Chris Keates


Free schools: Enough is enough

3 May 2017

It is time to call an end to the free schools experiment and focus on properly funding every school, says Pete Henshaw



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


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