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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: 148 results

At the chalkface: What I’m really thinking...

22 March 2017

I know. It’s all a tragedy, but I’m not from Relate. I don’t care anymore. All I care about is Geena. I’m her teacher, not your social worker.

They don’t like each other. They don’t talk. They sit ...

At the chalkface: The Bottom Stream

15 March 2017

It is much more complex teaching the bottom stream. You have to be more “clever” to teach the less “clever”...

We’re in the bottom stream.

“Is it ‘cos I’s thick, ...

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