At the chalkface: Some good frontier gibberish

4 July 2017

I tether my horse in the bike shed, mosey into the fancy foyer, check my holster, check my gun, lower my Stetson, kick in classroom door and stand alone, like Gary Cooper in High Noon

At the chalkface: Sports Day

28 June 2017

Sports Day: The inevitable dropping of the baton, the mad dash for the first 20 metres of 1,500 metre race and the subsequent knackered perambulation, the long jumps and high jumps of less than two feet...

Are you a ‘moany’ teacher?

28 June 2017

Do teachers moan too much? Dr Bernard Trafford says it is too easy to brand our profession as one of cynics and moaners

At the chalkface: Pressure drop

14 June 2017

Like a boxer’s second you give the same fatuous tips. Get in early, get lots of nutritional sleep and breakfast, get in the zone, get your timing right, don’t think too much, and don’t swear at the referee/examiner. Yeah. Yeah.

The far-reaching power of music

14 June 2017

Research showing the impact of learning a musical instrument on pupils’ wider educational outcomes comes as no surprise to Dr Bernard Trafford

At the chalkface: The Election

7 June 2017

His baleful legacy endures. Hatched for years, like the mother’s egg in Alien, it has finally burst out to blight the poor mites in all its slimy horror – terminally dull tasks, mere information retrieval, and dire subject content

Making RSE inclusive

24 May 2017

Education for all means LGBT inclusive relationships and sex education. Stonewall’s Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton delivers a call to action

Low-cost private schools?

24 May 2017

Suggestions that firms are keen to set-up low-cost private schools in the UK has raised a few eyebrows. Dr Bernard Trafford is sceptical

School funding: You couldn't make it up...

17 May 2017

As the government continues to parrot its line that school funding is ‘at record levels’, frustration and anger is growing. What hope for an honest debate ahead of June 8, asks Pete Henshaw

A manifesto for teacher wellbeing

17 May 2017

Ahead of the next Parliament, the Education Support Partnership has published its own manifesto for teacher wellbeing. Julian Stanley explains

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