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  • Ignore the naysayers, the new early-learning goals are great

    Credit where credit is due, writes Clare Sealy; the government has done a really good job on its new early-learning goals So here we are again: another day, another early-years education story. There has been quite a lot of anxiety about these new early-learning goals (ELGs), and people are fearful that they will mark a

    15.30 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Why schools need a coherent curriculum

    The curriculum at so many schools has narrowed as the government lays down more and more core targets. Mary Myatt believes that pupils will only benefit if we widen their horizons correctly There is a wonderful word, “gallimaufry,” that means “a confused jumble or medley of things”. It perfectly captures the mixed picture we get

    5.00 Jun. 18th, 2018 | Opinion

  • An educator’s guide to mental health and wellbeing in schools

    I recently presented a series of assemblies focused on my failures as a young person, and was touched by the positive responses I received from the children and staff with whom I work. This suggested to me that stripping away anxiety and misconceptions about failure may be one of the most empowering things we can

    5.00 Jun. 17th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Five things that work in teachers’ early-career development

    Nearly a quarter of teachers leave the profession in their first three years. Cat Scutt believes a focused programme of professional development can stem that tide We know that new teachers’ expertise develops extremely rapidly. As Rebecca Allen and Sam Sims point out in The Teacher Gap, the learning curve for teachers is at its

    5.00 Jun. 17th, 2018 | Opinion

  • 5 ways schools can support high-mobility learners

    Schools could do considerably more to support in-year admissions and high-mobility learners, explains Rob Webster The lives of many vulnerable children and young people are defined by turbulence and instability. For those living in care, the much-needed but taken-for-granted steadiness and normality their peers experience is in short supply. Announcing last week’s annual Stability Index,

    5.00 Jun. 11th, 2018 | Opinion

  • No school should be forced to rely on Amazon wishlists

    Most schools are now too poor to buy all the necessary learning resources, which Patrick Hayes believes is a shocking state of affairs Schools are increasingly being forced to use Amazon wishlists to persuade parents to stump up the cash for much-needed classroom resources, as was reported in last week’s Schools Week. The news comes

    5.00 Jun. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Banning the hijab in schools is a liberal act

    Banning the hijab is actually a liberal act, suggests Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert I consider myself a liberal. For instance, I publically supported Ofsted when it backed the head of a primary school in east London who wanted to ban the hijab. On the other hand, I can’t support the Danish government’s decision to join

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2018 | Opinion

  • How to close the vocabulary gap in the classroom

    Building children’s vocabularies opens doors to harder, more rewarding curriculums and lifelong learning, writes Alex Quigley, but it needs careful focus We know that talk is a well-established solution for developing children’s vocabulary. The daily lives of the “word rich” are characterised by lots of talk around the dinner table, alongside debate and discussion in

    5.00 Jun. 1st, 2018 | Opinion

  • Schools need more protection against vexatious complaints

    There may not be many of them, but one or two unreasonable parents can make running a school very tough indeed, writes Russell Holland As an education lawyer, I see it as my job to help schools get on with the most important job,  teaching children, by making legal issues as simple as possible to

    5.00 May. 28th, 2018 | Opinion

  • The OECD's PISA gender reporting reinforces unhelpful stereotypes

    The OECD’s analysis of the gender gaps in education simply regurgitates centuries of educational bias, and it’s wrong, writes Markus Meier The PISA studies are received by the scientific community and the general public alike as a kind of educational verdict, distributing bragging and blaming rights. There has been a lot of criticism, sure, but

    5.00 May. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Are police officers in schools a force for good?

    Hundreds of police officers are now based in schools but we don’t know enough about the work they do, or the impact their presence has on pupils, insists Dr Amanda Henshall The presence of officers in schools is part of a massive package of surveillance measures, including more CCTV in schools, that make children and

    5.00 May. 26th, 2018 | Opinion