Opinion

It’s a chance to hit the accelerator

There are the challenges of securing sufficient places, teachers and funding, but with a majority government and an experienced…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Thoughts from after the election

The Conservatives have a clear majority. So what is the reality for school leaders, governors and teachers? Many of…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

The system could be given the freedoms to be great

It looks like a busy five years for Nicky Morgan: 500 new free schools, an extra 17,500 maths and…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips


Opinion

Why we should focus on well-rounded young people – not exceptional grades

Earlier this week the headteacher of Lady Eleanor Holles School, Heather Hanbury, launched an attack at the state of…

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Opinion

Small is not always beautiful

One governing body is challenging “statutory guidance” on governing body size. It wants to reflect its large and diverse community so,…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

All talk and lots of action

Supporting all pupils to develop their speech, language and communication skills is everybody’s responsibility and can be a part…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Would you trust a human to mark your work?

You might say no to a driverless car or a pilotless plane, but it is time to trust computers…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
News, Opinion

General Election 2015: “The challenges of the Conservative education plan should not be underestimated”

The Conservatives will control the Department for Education, after today’s outcome of the general election which saw the party gain…

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
News, Opinion

General Election 2015: “A threatened teacher recruitment and retention crisis will become a reality”

The Conservatives will control the Department for Education, after today’s outcome of the general election which saw the party gain…

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott

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How unfunded pay rises turned my budget surplus into a £140k deficit

Headteacher Tim Marston has been forced into a summer savings scramble after the government’s late decision to raise teacher…

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Research

Getting everyone talking about research – and pulling together

We have all been in that meeting, it seems. The one where the same colleague constantly argues, “Actually the…

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The evidence that exposes calls to bring back grammar schools

With grammar schools seemingly back on the agenda – it feels like 2016 all over again. Thankfully we are…

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What next for an ECF that is already failing new teachers and mentors?

Halfway through its first year, the ECF has already become a straitjacket, writes Sam Strickland, but its promise can…

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Weaving a ‘golden thread’ through professional development

Teacher training reforms impact everyone from trainee to leader. The key to retention and progress is to offer consistency…

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Exams: is there an alternative to ‘back to normal’?

Schools may be relieved to recover a sense of normality, write Mick Waters and Tim Brighouse, but there are…

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Exams

Exams head us back to normality. Now for league tables

Ofqual is ensuring students get the exams they want in the fairest way possible, writes Gareth Stevens, but schools…

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GARETH STEVENS


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