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Unions fight to put funding on General Election agenda

26 April 2017

Campaigners are hopeful that the widespread cuts to school funding across MPs’ constituencies will force political parties to face up to the issue in the run-up to the June 8 General Election. Pete Henshaw reports



Gerald Haigh: A legacy of insight, passion and challenge

26 April 2017

Gerald Haigh was a teacher for 30 years. He was also a prolific and brilliant writer and thinker on education, and since 2013 he graced the pages of SecEd. Sadly, he passed away earlier this month. Dorothy Lepkowska describes the life of a great educator and journalist – and his tremendous ...


Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18

26 April 2017

As many as half a million children across the world are expected to take their learning out of the classroom when they take part in Outdoor Classroom Day next month.




Unions speak out on workload, working conditions and mental health

19 April 2017

Workload once again topped the agendas at the teaching union annual conferences, with specific concerns being raised by the NUT about the impact on young teachers and the NASUWT about the emerging trend of teachers being forced to take on booster and intervention classes. Jessica Morgan and Dorothy ...


Nine homes by the age of nine...

19 April 2017

The preliminary findings of a three-year study offer an insight into what it is like for children growing up in poverty. From multiple house moves to free school meal stigma and the often-prohibitive costs of education, the report offers key lessons for schools. Pete Henshaw takes a look


Teaching unions: Around the Easter conference halls

19 April 2017

The NASUWT, the National Union of Teachers, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers all met for their respective annual conferences during the Easter period, with teachers debating a range of issues. Alongside their special reports (see below) Dorothy Lepkowska and Jessica Morgan round up ...










Tor Bridge High scoops SLCN award

29 March 2017

A mental health café, pupil-led assemblies, expert staff and a whole-school approach to speech, language and communication needs have resulted in a national award for a Plymouth secondary school.






Draco lizard inspires STEM award winners

22 March 2017

Three students who took inspiration from flying animals, including the draco lizard, to answer a STEM design challenge have won a prestigious national prize.


Maths teachers lament changes to Nationals

22 March 2017

Maths teachers have been “demoralised” by the latest changes to National 4 and 5 qualifications and pupils are finding them harder to pass, experts have told education secretary John Swinney.


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