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By hook or by crook

20 September 2012

Things have got busy for our NQT ―┬áreally busy. And she has not been helped by some minor 'disasters' in her form.


Six steps for change

20 September 2012

Edge has set out its Six Steps campaign ― six key ideals that politicians and educators must adopt if all young people are to realise their talents and ambitions. Jan Hodges explains.


A Flat Spin

20 September 2012

Open Evenings eh? What a palaver! Time for the air steward rictus grin, the caring stare, the perky suit from the Autograph range of M&S, and, of course, the mellifluous flannel of the whizzo head's keynote...


Exam standards and the GCSE controversy

19 September 2012

The GCSE controversy has revealed the 'strange mix' of criterion and norm-referencing which is at the heart of our exam system. Dr John Dunford, chairman of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, offers a commentary.


After 32 years

13 September 2012

Alex Wood was flabbergasted. Despite the 32 years, he remembered him ― a delightful wee lad who always looked in need of a good meal...


Ideas for boosting morale

13 September 2012

With so much bad press, it's important to start the new term off on the right foot with your students ― Karen Sullivan offers some tips.


The fight for status

13 September 2012

With huge variations in pay and job descriptions, school business managers often feel isolated in their role, says Christine Lewis.


Teachers are people too

13 September 2012

With more teachers calling for support with financial and emotional issues, Julian Stanley asks whether a teacher's home life affects their pupils.



The bliss of my lovely year 7s

13 September 2012

The screeching and sounds of calamity that emerge from a nearby year 9 classroom are confirmation that this bliss cannot last forever...


Focusing on the here and now

13 September 2012

As headteachers, if we focus too much on the future and worry too much about the past, we'll forget the here and now...


Stamping out VQ stigma

13 September 2012

Lord Baker on why we must stop telling our students that A levels and university are the only route to success.


London Calling

13 September 2012

Maybe it's the Olympics or the Notting Hill Carnival or the terrific new Zadie Smith novel NW, but London is rather rocking at the moment ― especially the inner city.


Achievement = inspiration + effort?

11 September 2012

Why is it that continuous improvement is recognised and rewarded in athletics, but not always in education? Bill Watkin discusses.


What our rowers can teach us

6 September 2012

What can education learn from the success of British rowing in the Olympics? Phil Parker explains.


Emerging technologies

6 September 2012

Ian Curtis considers the challenges ahead as schools integrate emerging technologies with existing classroom ICT.


The real Olympic legacy

6 September 2012

In the 1970s research outlined the factors that can hit a child's life chances. Today, we are still fighting many of these issues, says Dr Hilary Emery.


Joining the dark side?

6 September 2012

Welcome to SecEd's new blog, Diary of a Headteacher: After becoming an Ofsted inspector, our diarist muses on the impact of the dreaded inspectorate.


What if...

6 September 2012

SecEd welcomes a new teacher to our weekly NQT diary blog ― she teaches maths in south London and started the term worrying about "what if.."


A single exam board?

6 September 2012

Marion Gibbs muses about a new examination system with papers set by one, single, not-for-profit awarding body.


We must not force competition

6 September 2012

We must not coerce pupils into a one-size-fits all menu of sporting activities in the pursuit of our Olympic legacy, says Brian Lightman.


Remembering the past

6 September 2012

History teacher Caroline West was unable to predict the impact that the Holocaust Educational Trust's annual training course at Yad Vashem in Israel would have on her and her teaching.


I'm not going to diss Gove ever again

6 September 2012

I promise to stop taking the mick out of Michael Gove. It's not clever and it's not funny. I'm not going to diss him in this column again. Ever.



Four steps to organic CPD

30 August 2012

The call for a reshaping of CPD in Scotland has been getting steadily stronger. Former national CPD co-ordinator Margaret Alcorn gives her four strategies for success in developing the right learning culture in your school.

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