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At the chalkace: Any classroom, any time

14 November 2018

“Billy Boy” Byron lives in a caravan under Westway. His drunken father hits him a lot. The teacher wants to like him, but cannot. He wishes he was only absent. So does Billy Boy.



Diary of an NQT: The quiet students

14 November 2018

A recent experience has opened our NQT diarist’s eyes to those quieter students in her classes who might be slipping under the radar...


No more low-trust schools

14 November 2018

Too many teachers feel that they are not valued for the work they do and too many schools operate a low-trust environment


Handling sexual allegations between students

7 November 2018

Government guidance offers support on managing allegations of sexual violence and harassment between pupils. However, Dai Durbridge highlights some common difficulties that schools still face


A betrayal of childhood

7 November 2018

What would an alien from Mars with no vested or financial interest say about British education on arriving here? Former children’s commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green tackles this question in his new book




What is ‘wrong’ with them?

7 November 2018

Is this pupil mentally ill or just human? Anna Scarr asks why we are too willing to convey the dangerous message that something is ‘wrong’ with a child...


At the chalkface: Wellbeing

7 November 2018

The prime minister is on the case. Children from the age of four will be given an annual “wellbeing test”. By whom? You, of course. You’ll be trained up and rolled out and on stream by 2020.


Getting school accountability right

17 October 2018

Many agree that school accountability in England is not fit-for-purpose. The NAHT’s Accountability Commission has put forward a way to fix the system. Nick Brook explains





At the chalkface: The lesson wrecker...

17 October 2018

Ah, but something is waiting out there, something lurks in the inner city air. This is their season. They flourish about now. Before them, all pedagogy is as nought, all teachers impotent. What can it be?


Shared Education: The journey is just beginning

10 October 2018

Northern Ireland’s first ever Shared Education Week is taking place, giving young people from different communities the chance to learn together. Barbara Ward says this is just the beginning of the journey




New roles, new networks

10 October 2018

It has never been more important to have supportive professional networks around you, says Fiona Aubrey-Smith


At the chalkface: A pork pie and shandy

10 October 2018

He gets a rush hour bus. The road is a snarl up. He gives up, jumps off and races through the park, just in time to be late for school and the Breakfast Club. He gets a bollocking from Ms Strict.


Our child poverty shame

3 October 2018

The government is not short on rhetoric over social mobility and child poverty, but the reality in Britain today is very different, says Kevin Courtney


Do you talk about death in your school?

3 October 2018

It is perhaps the one issue that many children will experience but which schools don’t talk about. Alison Penny gives five reasons for making death and dying part of your curriculum



From RE to religion and worldviews

3 October 2018

Is it time to refresh religious education? Wide-ranging reforms to the subject have been proposed by the Commission on Religious Education. What next? Dr John Hall sets out the proposals


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