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Social justice is a leveller, not coronavirus...

28 April 2020

It has been said that coronavirus is a great leveller, affecting everybody equally. This could not be further from the truth. Geoff Barton says that when this is over we must face up to the fissures that this crisis has exposed











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


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

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