Editorial Comment

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


Who’d be a pastoral leader?

9 January 2019

Schools are having to take on more and more responsibility for the pastoral care of students, meaning that life for the professionals in this field is increasingly challenging, says Daniel Sobel


Education’s lost souls

5 December 2018

If we are to save the lost souls of education, we need a new model of social mobility that develops all talents, not just the academic, say Stephen Machin and Lee Elliot Major


Research-engaged schools: Barriers & solutions

28 November 2018

We have a wealth of high-quality educational research available in this country, yet clear barriers remain for teachers and others wanting to make use of this. Harriet Barnes and Dr Rosalind Mist explain



No more low-trust schools

14 November 2018

Too many teachers feel that they are not valued for the work they do and too many schools operate a low-trust environment


A betrayal of childhood

7 November 2018

What would an alien from Mars with no vested or financial interest say about British education on arriving here? Former children’s commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green tackles this question in his new book



Our child poverty shame

3 October 2018

The government is not short on rhetoric over social mobility and child poverty, but the reality in Britain today is very different, says Kevin Courtney



The political pendulum

19 September 2018

Enough is enough. We need a new era of big thinking from policy-makers rather than mechanistic reforms of structures and accountability, argues Geoff Barton


Are we loading the shotgun?

12 September 2018

Schools face a range of challenges, but we do ourselves no favours when we fail to stand up against a flawed accountability system


Don’t look back in anger? Really?

5 September 2018

We have seen eight years of government failure to support learning with ICT – a period of neglect and a failure of political leadership and vision. Now, it’s the words of John Osborne that ring true rather than those of Oasis, says Bob Harrison


Time for some home truths

30 August 2018

The rhetoric has been about more ‘power’ for schools, without mentioning the additional responsibility attached. We must ask: is the Education Bill right for Scotland’s future?


Money, money, money

27 June 2018

The voices are growing louder still – when will the education secretary act to fund education properly and to address the legacy of austerity, asks Deborah Lawson...



It’s not a game of two halves

13 June 2018

Comparisons between school leadership and football are often drawn – and are rarely positive, says Geoff Barton


No to zero tolerance

6 June 2018

Zero tolerance and ‘positive discipline’ are resulting in huge spikes in the number of exclusions. There must be another way...



Choose respect over bullying

16 May 2018

We must make clear that bullying is a behaviour choice. As such, how can we encourage children to choose respect and play their part in preventing bullying? Martha Evans introduces the themes for Anti-Bullying Week 2018





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...


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