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Should Ofsted be abolished?

7 May 2015

There is a growing view among teachers and leaders that school inspections are unfair, stressful and adversarial. Lucie Mitchell examines what the future holds for Ofsted and asks whether there is a better way?


Key employment skills linked to volunteering

7 May 2015

Young job applicants who have voluntary experience through schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s, are more likely to demonstrate the employability skills that businesses are after, a poll has suggested.






At a glance headlines: April 30, 2015

30 April 2015

The importance of 'academic buoyancy, a new water challenge project, and a competition to design a school are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for April 30, 2015.







'Cells' inspire talented young poets

30 April 2015

“The future of literature is in good hands with poets like these around.” Those were the words of poet Peter McDonald, one of the judges of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, an annual award to encourage aspiring poets aged 16 to 18.



Call for more use of Scots language in classrooms

30 April 2015

More use of the Scots language in lessons could not only help pupils understand their culture better but also improve literacy and general learning, according to a report by Education Scotland.





What is worrying today's school leaders?

30 April 2015

From recruitment and the curriculum, to Ofsted and workload, the annual State of Education report, which dissects the views of school leaders across the country, makes for sobering reading ahead of the General Election. Fergal Roche explains


Lobby demands an end to ‘obsession’ with testing

30 April 2015

National and international teaching unions lobbied the annual general meeting of education and publishing company Pearson last week as part of a protest against high-stakes testing and the influence of profit-making organisations on education policy.




Charter aims to prevent support staff misuse

23 April 2015

A Charter has been drawn up in a bid to end the misuse of support staff by schools. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers unveiled the Support Staff Charter at its annual conference in Liverpool.


Core subject vacancies widespread as recruitment crisis deepens

23 April 2015

The complexity of teacher training routes and rising rolls are partly to blame as new poll reveals huge difficulties in recruiting teachers across many key subjects. School leaders have now suggested a 10-point plan to tackle the crisis. Pete Henshaw take


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