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Funding: We’re not there yet

9 October 2019

After years of undermining union campaigning on school funding, the government finally accepts that additional money is needed. But the recent investment will not be enough, says Kevin Courtney


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


Alternative provision: Changing perceptions

24 September 2019

Society’s perception of alternative provision is changing for the better, but work still needs to be done to ensure schools support their excluded students to receive an appropriately tailored delivery of education, says Jacqueline Daniell


You can’t be what you can’t see

17 September 2019

There are now more girls than boys taking science A levels but we cannot let our on-going focus on providing positive career role models for young women slip, says Edwina Dunn


Exam malpractice: The true picture

11 September 2019

Malpractice by school staff in public examinations always gets media attention, but this leads us to think that it is far more common than is really the case, says Sarah Hannafin


Support staff deserve better pay as well

11 September 2019

While new teachers are now being promised £30,000 salaries, support staff have had their pay suppressed for too long and merit a decent pay rise, says Jon Richards






A community focus on pupils’ mental health

9 July 2019

It is starting to be accepted that wellbeing and good mental health should be embedded into the culture and ethos of every school. Amanda Allard asks if things are moving fast enough...




AP and PRUs: The real picture

4 July 2019

Much has been said of late about the role of alternative provision and PRUs – in the context of knife crime, off-rolling and exclusion. Deborah Lawson looks at the real picture...


Character? It is not enough...

3 July 2019

It is true, of course, that delivering effective character education will play a role in raising students’ aspirations and outcomes, but this is not the whole story, says Dr Mary Bousted




Schools should be... left alone

3 July 2019

How many times have we seen organisations, charities and even ministers call for schools to be given a duty to tackle some societal problem or other? Enough is enough, says Geoff Barton


Schools should be... left alone

2 July 2019

How many times have we seen organisations, charities and even ministers call for schools to be given a duty to tackle some societal problem or other? Enough is enough, says Geoff Barton


At the chalkface: Where language goes to die

1 July 2019

This once prince of subjects has been eviscerated. Creativity and critical thinking have been junked. Language is rarely subjected to ferocious and forensic examination. At what cost?




Diary of a headteacher: Aiming for the moon

12 June 2019

Slowly and surely the transformation is taking place. After a meeting that will hopefully transform a core part of her school, our headteacher diarist reflects on the importance of aspiration...


Age discrimination: Time to celebrate experience

11 June 2019

Age discrimination is a real threat for older teachers in schools according to evidence from the NASUWT, which is launching a new campaign to tackle the issue. Chris Keates explains

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