• Campaign calls for BAME author quotas in GCSE study lists

    Exam boards should ensure “at least a quarter of authors” in GCSE English literature specifications are from ethnic minority backgrounds, Teach First has said. The education charity also said schools need extra funding to train and support teachers “to appropriately explore racism with their pupils”, and called for a special fund to allow schools to

    0.01 Sep. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Every child can read - don't write them off

    We must stop rating reading skills on a bell curve – it lets us leave struggling pupils behind, says James Murphy It is alarming that so many students arrive at secondary school not reading well enough to access the curriculum. It is even more alarming that we don’t believe these students can catch up. The

    5.00 Sep. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Easy books aren't the route to a lifelong love of reading

    Forget the pap: kids should have access to good quality books to get them to read, says Katie Ashford. In the past I have gone to great lengths to persuade reluctant readers to pick up a book and, as many teachers will know, this is never a straightforward task. Hopeful that their efforts will pay

    5.00 Jan. 7th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Let the teens read Mills & Boon!

    Kids should be exposed to all kinds of books (and that includes Mills & Boon), says Joy Ballard. As a teacher, I know that instilling hard-to-reach and reluctant young students with a love of reading is one of the most difficult aspects of our job – yet in many respects it is also the most

    5.00 Jan. 7th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Christmas appeal: literacy charity Hackney Pirates needs help to get shipshape again

    Schools Week is making a Christmas appeal for our readers to help an education charity that was left “shipwrecked” after a car crash destroyed its boat-themed building. Hackney Pirates, in east London, has run literacy sessions since 2010 for pupils who are “both falling behind and facing disadvantages in their personal circumstances”. A group of

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2016 | News

  • How to answer the interview question: 'What are you reading?'

    Seven teachers, heads and trust chief executives let slip the interview answers they’d like to hear I have a shockingly poor attention span in interviews. If I’m going to have to see you every day, I need to get under your skin. Asking about hobbies sounds pervy, and I don’t want anyone to start talking about

    5.00 Jul. 16th, 2016 | Opinion

  • English Literature GCSE results

    10.25 Aug. 20th, 2015 | Exam results

  • The practicalities of making students study English to 18

    More teachers will be needed to teach students who don’t really want to be there. . . and just as more budget cuts are about to hit further education. Why hasn’t someone thought this through? After teaching English in secondary schools for 12 or so years, I began working as an FE lecturer in Warwickshire;

    7.30 May. 2nd, 2015 | Opinion

  • Are journal clubs a good use of precious free time?

    Rebecca Allen, reader in the economics of education at the Institute of Education, asks whether teacher journal clubs can improve classroom practice A teacher journal club is the professional version of a book club. A group of teachers regularly meets after school to discuss pre-chosen academic articles of direct relevance to pedagogy and classroom practice.

    12.51 Sep. 17th, 2014 | Opinion