Levelling up

Elite sixth forms? Let’s focus on the really big problems

Let’s start ‘levelling up’ by properly funding existing sixth forms, writes James Handscombe, then we can worry about other…

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JAMES HANDSCOMBE
Levelling up

Primary targets make levelling up mission: improbable

Dizzyingly ambitious targets backed only by business-as-usual solutions show up the ‘levelling up’ proposals as hollow and evasive, writes…

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JO HUTCHINSON
Exams

What a surprise: teachers are in the firing line again

Simple solutions were available, writes Vic Goddard. Instead, we have complex and confused exam mitigations that could compound Covid’s…

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VIC GODDARD


Covid

My Covid lesson? Get back to the shop floor!

Offering to do supply across my trust to fill the gaps left by Omicron has opened my eyes to…

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LEE MASON-ELLIS
Policy

What can we learn from former education secretaries?

After interviewing nine former holders of education’s top job, Ed Dorrell warns the sector to be careful what they…

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ED DORRELL
Research

Do ‘ghost children’ exist and what can we do about them?

The phrase has quickly developed a life of its own in the media, but who are the ghost children…

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GEMMA MOSS
Academies

It’s not for us to question Catholic school academy conversions 

Calls on the Catholic Education Service to ‘step in’ on controversial academy conversions show a secular misunderstanding of our…

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PAUL BARBER
Inclusion

Measuring inclusion? Beware the unintended consequences

A new consultation proposes to drive inclusion through measuring attendance and exclusions but the cure could be worse than…

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SARAH JOHNSON
Sexual abuse

A whole-system response to harmful sexual behaviours

Teachers are vital in our fight against an epidemic of harmful sexual behaviour, writes the safeguarding minister, and they…

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RACHEL MACLEAN, MP

Must Read

Literacy

What matters when selecting texts for comprehension activities?

The NFER’s work on reading comprehension can help teachers make the most of the enjoyable task of choosing texts…

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Anne Kispal
Research

Research: Why, how and with whom do children read?

New research sheds light on children’s reading habits and wellbeing and draws out some interesting gender distinctions, writes Rachel…

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Rachel Crowdy
Cost of living

Could your cash reserves be doing more as inflation rises?

David Hourston explores how multi-academy-trusts and their schools could help their cash reserves work harder amid soaring inflation

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David Hourston

ITT

ITT

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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SAM STRICKLAND
ITT

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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KATIE WARING

EXAMS

Exams

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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Tim Brighouse and Mick Waters
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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