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Government incompetence on a huge scale

23 March 2021

Free school meals – exams – Covid testing – the digital divide. Schools are doing everything they can to support young people but are working in the face of incompetent national leadership, says ...

Full school re-opening: Bitten too many times?

16 February 2021

Re-opening schools to all pupils on March 8 will mean introducing nearly 10 million pupils and staff into daily circulation. If this is indeed what Boris Johnson announces next week, he must be ...

Are we testing the right science?

1 February 2021

Do current methods of external assessment accurately measure the skills and abilities of science students? Or more simply, are we testing the ‘right’ science? Gerry Mallaghan asks the question...

Exams 2021: Whistling in the dark, once again

25 January 2021

As Ofqual consults over how this summer’s examinations are to be graded, Dr Mary Bousted is saddened yet not surprised that teachers will once again be left to pick up the pieces from a lack of ...

Poverty-proof your school uniform

5 January 2021

As the pandemic hits many families’ finances hard, and the extra costs of winter take their toll, let’s not add excessive school uniform costs into the mix, says Dustin Hutchinson

Hang in there! Surviving and thriving as a new teacher

8 December 2020

The NQT year is commonly accepted to be one of the most challenging in teaching. However, despite the challenges that many of you are facing – especially at a time of Covid-19 – now is not the time ...

Full sick pay is essential to Covid safety

16 November 2020

Catering and cleaning staff in schools are more likely to catch Covid, but many do not receive access to full sick pay if they have to self-isolate. Jon Richards says this has to change

Covid-19: Increasing problems of poor pupil behaviour

20 October 2020

The NASUWT is receiving increasing reports of pupils using Covid-19 as part of poor behaviour, including coughing at school staff and deliberately flouting safety rules. Dr Patrick Roach says ...

Supporting our teachers: Ministers must do better

5 October 2020

As the pandemic continues, teachers are reaching breaking point. Ministers must do better, and that begins with making guidance clearer and giving schools the time and resources required. Sophie ...

Covid-19: Where is the plan for schools?

28 September 2020

Chaotic, blame-shifting, ineffective, incompetent – the government’s handling of education during the pandemic has hindered the recovery efforts of schools. An exasperated Paul Whiteman implores ...

Test & trace: A catalogue of broken promises

22 September 2020

The full re-opening of schools is reliant on an effective Covid-19 testing system. And yet we are still waiting. Jon Richards despairs at the bombast of this government and its grandiose broken ...

Where now after Covid’s ‘Great Pause’?

16 September 2020

Why do we educate? What is important? The Covid experience must change how we think about education. In a new book, chair of the Headteachers’ Roundtable Stephen Tierney, says that clarity about the ...

The case for a national open school

14 September 2020

Has the coronavirus crisis and the reliance on remote learning during lockdown made the case for a national open school? Ros Morpeth and Anne Nicholls believe it has

At the chalkface: Poetry is not an option

2 September 2020

This initiative is bone-stupid, philistine, condescending, insulting. Who are these “respondents”, these blockheads, who wouldn’t know a poem if it bit them in the bum? Ian Whitwham on Ofqual's plan ...

Covid recovery: A broad curriculum for all

13 July 2020

Schools must heed the government’s call to teach an ‘ambitious and broad curriculum’ from September. We cannot constrict our focus to core subjects or knowledge, says Deborah Lawson

Youth services & Covid recovery: A missed opportunity

13 July 2020

Youth services could form a crucial part of the effort to fully re-open schools from September and, in the longer term, could help pupils to recover from the impact of lockdown – but the government ...

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