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DfE must consult more effectively

10 January 2013

After allowing just 12 days for consultation over plans for performance-related pay, Mr Gove needs to realise just how low teachers' morale has fallen and start listening to the profession more, argues SecEd editor Pete Henshaw.


An unapologia for state education

10 January 2013

How can he tell I’m an ex-teacher? The twitching? The hair loss? The muttering of plenaries at a wall? Or the quick retreat into posh plonk? Can’t I just get plastered like everyone else and dance very badly to Fats Domino?



Another Christmas Ghost

6 December 2012

She's had it with this boy. He's either late or absent or too poetic. Much too poetic. His last late slip was a sonnet. His last essay was mostly metaphors. His imagination is surplus to targets.


The Thorndike-Skinner Complex conundrum

6 December 2012

Just imagine. No more Ofsted. No more rigging the figures. No more game-playing. Inspired by his headteacher, John Wootton considers what school life without Ofsted would look like.



Strategies for improving literacy

6 December 2012

Emily Boyle spent her first year with Future Leaders working on improving literacy across her school. She explains how.


Missing that teaching buzz

6 December 2012

A chance to take a school trip re-ignites that teaching buzz for our headteacher diarist and reminds her what it is all about.


Mobile phones vs discipline

6 December 2012

Low-level disruption in Scotland's schools is decreasing with the exception of mobile phones. But Alex Wood says the obvious solutions to this problem are not necessarily the ones we should be taking.


When should we stop worrying about our students?

6 December 2012

With her enterprise 6th-formers arranging weekend meetings with suppliers, our NQT diarist wonders where to draw the line between protecting her charges and letting them take their own risks.


Trial by social media

29 November 2012

Schools are facing the blight of harassment of school staff by parents using social media. Russell Hobby looks at what can be done.


More Hard Times

29 November 2012

"Now, what I want is facts!" says our Important Visitor ― an emissary of the Gove. Haven't we heard this before?


Why we should monitor the backroom processes

29 November 2012

As well as pupil progress, an MIS must focus on the backroom processes of performance management, CPD and planning, argues Keith Wright, because these are also crucial to student achievement.


How to prove parents wrong

29 November 2012

Fed-up with parents who would not believe that historic behavioural issues had been dealt with, our headteacher diarist invited them into school to judge for themselves.


When parents turn nasty

29 November 2012

A trip away to a headteachers' conference left Marion Gibbs musing on the impact that parents can have on both their children's education and their children's teachers.



Getting a grip on bullying

29 November 2012

Schools that acknowledge bullying are normally those which are most effective in tackling it, says Hilary Emery at the end of another successful Anti-Bullying Week.


Huge reduction in careers guidance is hardly a surprise

29 November 2012

The sharp fall in the provision of careers guidance in schools is not surprising, but the schools themselves are not to blame ― they have been let down by the Department for Education, says SecEd editor Pete Henshaw.


Key questions as the new ICT curriculum begins to emerge

29 November 2012

The drafting of the new national curriculum programmes of study for ICT is well underway with early proposals already emerging. The changes will have notable implications for teachers. Bob Harrison reports on the process so far and poses some key question


NQTs: Calm in the face of calamity

29 November 2012

As we approach Christmas, two NQTs, including this year's SecEd NQT diarist, reflect on their first term at the chalkface.


Know your rights as an NQT

29 November 2012

NQTs are entitled to additional support in their first year. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, discusses what entitlements you should be receiving and looks at the on-going industrial action.


Supporting effective CPD for NQTs

27 November 2012

NQTs must 'learn how to learn' if they are to thrive at the chalkface. Philippa Cordingley considers what this means.


In favour of re-sit reforms

22 November 2012

Moving to an exams system that allows less re-sits will do our students many more favours in preparing them for real life, says Karen Sullivan.


Two contradictory truths

22 November 2012

Teenagers living in areas of concentrated poverty often face enormous barriers to successful, engaging learning. The same students however are no more incapable of achieving these ends as any others, says Alex Wood.


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