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Editorial Comment: 3 results

At the chalkface: The boys at the back

23 November 2016

I never really taught those “boys at the back”. They tolerated me. We had a benign truce. They larked about and went back to their culture. We must no longer deny it – but I’m rather afraid we will. ...

At the chalkface: Grammar Schools

14 September 2016

I somehow passed the 11-plus. I still don’t know how. I could spell “necessary” and “accommodate” and could recall with tedious accuracy what I did on my holidays...

“Bring back Grammar schools,” ...

News: 2 results

Standing up for our teachers for 400 editions

4 December 2014

SecEd celebrates its 400th edition today – marking 12 years of independent educational journalism and support for the UK's teachers and school leaders.

SecEd celebrates its 400th edition today ...

Grammar schools

15 May 2014

I miss that long gone, silly world. I like its pupils. I can still spot a grammar school boy/girl at a thousand paces – like “Billy Liar”, John Lennon, Maxine Peace, Tony Harrison, Alan Bennett or ...

Best Practice: 1 results

At the chalkface: Photo oops!

26 March 2015

Crash lives in a big estate. His father builds houses, which he’ll never afford. His mother’s an NHS nurse, soon to be sacked. His hobbies are being terrifically angry, kick-boxing, steam trains, and ...

Blog: 165 results

At the chalkface: Personal statements

11 October 2017

"All my life I’ve been passionate/obsessed/crazy about something or other. I’m phenomenally interested in early Russian cinema, medieval baroque music, playing the oboe, QPR and making lots of ...

At the chalkface: In Defence of Milton

3 October 2017

Milton’s poetry should be done much more in our state schools. Not to do so is a criminal dumbing down. Why should the privileged only hear his lyric grace and thunder?

A little light learning for ...

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