Editorial Comment

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Not sufficient, not fair

18 January 2017

Funding cannot be called ‘fair’ if it is not sufficient. Kevin Courtney spells out the real-terms funding cuts facing schools and calls for government action

The cracks are beginning to show

11 January 2017

From teacher recruitment to examination reform, the cracks in Michael Gove’s grand experiment are becoming too big to ignore, says Dr Mary Bousted

The worst experiment ever?

4 January 2017

If education was an experiment, it would be the worst one ever designed, says Russell Hobby

At the chalkface: The boys at the back

23 November 2016

I never really taught those “boys at the back”. They tolerated me. We had a benign truce. They larked about and went back to their culture. We must no longer deny it – but I’m rather afraid we will.

Two solutions to the teacher supply crisis

9 November 2016

A good supply of high-quality teachers is the key to maintaining and raising standards. Malcolm Trobe looks at how we can all work to improve teacher supply

Do we have real inclusion?

2 November 2016

We aspire to an inclusive education system, but the way we deal with our children is entirely outmoded, argues Gerald Haigh

Real priorities in education

5 October 2016

At a time of great challenge in education, the government must focus on the real priorities and not create divisions via selection, says Chris Keates

Green Paper: A dog’s dinner

21 September 2016

The prime minister’s Green Paper on education has proved very controversial. Dr Bernard Trafford tackles the four key tenets of the proposals

At the chalkface: Grammar Schools

14 September 2016

I somehow passed the 11-plus. I still don’t know how. I could spell “necessary” and “accommodate” and could recall with tedious accuracy what I did on my holidays...

An era of ‘hyper-accountability’

7 September 2016

We work in an age of ‘hyper-accountability’ when exam results have come to assume a meaning far beyond reliability, says Dr Bernard Trafford

Failing on recruitment and places

6 July 2016

The government is failing badly in two of its core duties – teacher supply and school places. Dr Mary Bousted outlines the problems

A failure on children’s rights

29 June 2016

The UN’s assessment on our performance on children’s rights makes for uncomfortable reading, says Anna Feuchtwang

Apprentices – a good thing, but...

15 June 2016

The government is rushing to meet its Apprenticeships target without ensuring the proper foundations are in place, warns Jon Richards

Queen's Speech fails to tackle major threats to schools

25 May 2016

The Queen’s Speech offers nothing new for schools, which many will see as a good thing. However, Pete Henshaw is concerned that once again the government has failed to tackle the two biggest threats to education – funding and recruitment

The spectre of academisation

18 May 2016

Not coasting, but drowning – Christine Blower argues why schools desperately need rescuing from the dead hand of government forced academisation

At the chalkface: Sadia

4 May 2016

Sadia is more frightened than she used to be – by the increasing demonising of Islam, the incessant drizzle of Daily Express and Daily Mail headlines, which seem to be peddling something close to racial hatred

Why we cannot support the White Paper

20 April 2016

The latest education White Paper lacks useful detail. As such, it only serves to cause widespread alarm and prevent any meaningful engagement, says Deborah Lawson

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