Coronavirus: 'I am not ashamed to admit that I am worried'

25 March 2020

Before the official coronavirus shutdown, Uppingham Community College was forced to close its doors because of acute staff shortages. A heartfelt letter written at 3am by principal Ben Solly explained the decision and led to a wave of support from the school community...

Funding: Drastic action is needed

19 March 2020

The spectre of school finances has been a persistent force since our headteacher diarist took on her first headship. Balancing the books looks likely to be one of the hardest battles she will face...

A life and a legacy: Stephen Lawrence Day

11 March 2020

April 22 is Stephen Lawrence Day, when schools are being urged to use free resources to empower young people to live their best lives. Deborah Lawson explains

Zero tolerance dictatorships...

11 March 2020

Too many people seem to think that schools should be run as dictatorships rather than as empathic systems reflecting the kind of society we want to live in

At the chalkface: The school photograph

5 March 2020

Hopefully there will always be some pupils who will resist this conformity. Even at my crusty old grammar school, there were always some wags who managed to sabotage things – like the enormous whole school photo...

It’s time to #PauseOfsted

4 March 2020

Ofsted is unable to operate its new framework competently. Change is needed, which is why the #PauseOfsted campaign is timely and welcome, says Dr Mary Bousted

The Wellbeing Award for Schools

26 February 2020

Schools are taking the initiative in nurturing wellbeing and supporting better mental health via the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Philippa Stobbs explains

What is your leadership ‘why’?

25 February 2020

Are you a school leader? If so, what is your leadership 'why'? SecEd's headteacher diarist wants us to remember why we became a teacher – and a leader – in the first place

A more ethical system for supply teachers

12 February 2020

Supply teachers are the backbone of our education system, yet are falling victim to the government’s race to the bottom on wages, says Chris Keates

Stuck schools? An unhelpful narrative

5 February 2020

Ofsted’s latest research report creates another negative and unhelpful label for those schools working in some of the most challenging circumstances...

At the chalkface: Welcome to Dom’s world

5 February 2020

Dominic Cummings is holding sway – and Mr Watermelon Piccaninny Letter Box has stormed it. Dear me, couldn’t we even beat this lot of chancers? Well, no.

Leadership pay: A fait accompli?

3 February 2020

The STRB is not reporting its recommendations for the September 2020 pay rise until April – and yet the government has already outlined what it wants to see happen. Paul Whiteman is concerned

Diary of a Headteacher: Live for the challenge

28 January 2020

Having always worked in schools in challenging circumstances, our headteacher diarist reflects on what it is about these difficult contexts that motivates her to succeed...

At the chalkface: Get cultured, or else!

25 January 2020

There seemed to be only two cultures. High, White, posh and patrician. Good. And the rest. Bad. I was force-fed the former for years ‘til it came out of my ears

Differentiation: A plea to Ofsted

22 January 2020

Please Ofsted – how can we address the gaps in learning within our classes of 30 children without elaborately differentiating our teaching intent? Dr Adam Abdelnoor asks the question...

How accountability must change

22 January 2020

What is accountability for, who is accountable and when will schools be able to welcome inspectors as informed, objective, supportive and empowering colleagues? Deborah Lawson asks the questions

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