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Bett 2020: 'Keep an open mind'

15 January 2020

Thirty-five years ago, Dominic Savage co-founded what is now known as the Bett Show. Here, he looks ahead to Bett 2020, how teachers should prepare to attend the show, and what the future of technology means for education and teachers


A national plan for education

15 January 2020

It would not provide the quick-fix answer that politicians so love, but now is the time for a national, long-term plan for education, says Geoff Barton


The poverty gaps persist

15 January 2020

The shameful gulf in education provision between the UK’s advantaged and disadvantaged students is laid bare by the PISA findings, says Dr Mary Bousted


Diary of an NQT: Improving my practice

15 January 2020

With term one under his belt, our NQT diarist is determined to draw on his colleagues' support to improve his practice during the spring term...


Philosophy: The art of rhetoric

15 January 2020

Further integration of philosophical questioning into the national curriculum is essential if we are to stand our students in good stead. James McCormack discusses



A new dawn for education technology?

26 November 2019

A lot of technology in schools does not perform as claimed or is inappropriate for the needs of teachers and students. Is this finally about to change? Professor Rose Luckin reflects on the direction of the government’s ed-tech strategy


The cloak of the headteacher

19 November 2019

It was quite a nice story until he told us the scary bit – he spent much of his time worrying that one day someone would creep up behind him and pull off his hood...


Beating the exam cheats

12 November 2019

While the headlines were dominated by a proposed ban on watches in the exam hall, the independent inquiry into exam malpractice also made other important recommendations. Its chair, Sir John Dunford, explains


Accountability: Peer review should be the norm

6 November 2019

We urgently need to rebalance holding schools to account with helping them to improve. As such, peer review – and not Ofsted – should be at the heart of school improvement, says Nick Brook


At the chalkface: Walk in fear and dread...

6 November 2019

Roxana wanders the Halloween night. She can’t avoid passing through an ill-lit subterranean car park. Boys in grey hoods on baby bikes – more ugly victims of the rancid public discourse – threaten and menace


Careers education: A little less spin, please

6 November 2019

The self-satisfied spin emanating from the government’s £19 million-a-year Careers and Enterprise Company is doing nothing to help its credibility or win support, says Jon Richards



How does a school decide upon its ‘community values’?

28 October 2019

How does a secondary school decide upon and embed a set of values when the school community is made up of so many different people from many different backgrounds and viewpoints? John Rutter gives us his reflections



An accident waiting to happen?

22 October 2019

Are we sleep-walking into privatisation? Are we as school leaders complicit? David Dixon fears the state system may collapse under the weight of its own complexity and bureaucracy


The forgotten third...

9 October 2019

A ‘forgotten third’ of students fall short of achieving a Grade 4 in GCSE English and maths because of our system of comparable outcomes. This has to change, says Geoff Barton


At the chalkface: Teach like nobody is watching!

9 October 2019

We must be trusted. We must be allowed to teach like nobody’s watching. Maybe we’ve reached some kind of tipping point, maybe there’s nothing more to lose – maybe we can reclaim our classrooms...


Inclusive provision: More than a question of funding?

9 October 2019

As good as it sounds, the £7.1 billion school funding announcement is not enough – and more will be needed. However, providing proper support to meet pupils’ needs and ensure inclusive provision is not just a matter of funding. Philippa Stobbs explains






Initial teacher training: Challenges and opportunities

2 October 2019

The government’s strategy to tackle recruitment and retention problems have clear implications for initial teacher training. Emma Hollis from the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers considers some of the challenges and opportunities ahead

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