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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...



Leadership pay: A fait accompli?

5 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


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



Recruitment: Getting it right

21 January 2020

There are huge problems with the high-stakes high accountability culture in England which undoubtedly contributes to teachers leaving the profession, but how many schools are taking responsibility and proactively doing something about it?


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 national plan for education

14 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



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

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