• The education of Muslim students in turbulent times

    What have you been researching? I am looking at the education of Muslim students and in particular, Muslims’ expectations from education and educational leaders in contemporary societies, and Islamic faith schools. What are the main issues? In the wake of 9/11 and George Bush’s reaction, many young people were suddenly made aware that being Muslim

    5.00 Jul. 12th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Will Young calls for buddy system for LGBT pupils

    Singer Will Young has called for schools to adopt a “buddy system” to change the language used around homosexuality. Young, a campaigner for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) rights, urged teachers to create an environment within their schools that fostered inclusivity – including ending the use of “gay” as a pejorative term. The former

    5.00 Jul. 2nd, 2016 | News

  • How to make EAL pupils feel safer post-EU referendum

    “Bye bye, you’re going home”: playground ‘banter’. “Leave the EU/No more Polish vermin”: anonymous leaflets left outside a primary school. “Why are there only 10 white faces in this class? Why are you not educating the English?”: street harassment  reported by a KS1 teacher. On Friday June 24 at 5 am I tweeted what turned out

    11.30 Jun. 27th, 2016 | Opinion

  • How my school helped Traveller children

    There are simple, practical methods for integrating Traveller children into the education system, as my school has shown, yet local and national government has yet to pick up on them Travellers are one of the most marginalised and vulnerable ethnic minorities in Britain and far too often their needs – in particular for their education

    6.00 Mar. 7th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Forget the local school model, we need to break the housing price influence

    The evidence is clear: local schools favour well-off parents, while more enrolment in publicly-funded private schools increases equity. The government should be encouraging more private providers to enter the market Every child should have the opportunity to succeed educationally. But for many, education equity is hard to come by. Disadvantage has proven stubbornly difficult to

    6.00 Mar. 5th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Segregation is holding our children back

    Next month a report on segregation will be published for the prime minister. Hopefully it will mark the point when England starts to take integration seriously In England, our faith-based admissions system has evolved a side-effect of keeping children of faith separate from children of other faiths and none. The majority of Sikh, Muslim and

    6.00 Feb. 15th, 2016 | Opinion

  • 'Why a campaign group was wrong to complain about my school’s racial intake'

    Religious schools have been accused of racial segregation – but is the picture accurate? Headteacher Paul Halliewell says his school was unfairly targeted. In Science we teach pupils not to make an evaluation without evidence to back it up. During research, if you only choose to use the evidence that supports your original hypothesis and

    16.07 Jan. 6th, 2016 | Opinion

  • The key to SEND success is to integrate students

    I am passionate about the provision for SEND students, and the opportunity to share my enthusiasm at SSAT National Conference was one I am very glad to have taken up. I met some fantastic fellow practitioners, with whom I have already established contact for the future – it is always a privilege to share good

    6.00 Dec. 21st, 2015 | Opinion

  • How I had a fight in the name of social justice

    Forget your pedagogical differences: teachers need to speak up about how a reduction of services to alleviate poverty is the real threat to closing the education gap, says Kiran Gill Last weekend I got into a fight. I had spent the day listening to stimulating talks at Michaela Community School in north London and debate was still rumbling

    6.00 Dec. 6th, 2015 | Opinion

  • 'I worry' - Why one teacher fears for Muslim pupils after the Paris attacks (& all other pupils too)

    Helping pupils make sense of the Paris attacks is crucial, explains Amjad Ali, who worries about the messages they’ll take from the events. Last week, on Friday, a series of events took place that spanned the globe and claimed the lives of innocent human beings. From Iraq and Lebanon to Paris. When I began to

    14.07 Nov. 18th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Mary Bousted: ‘Don’t tell me I have low expectations’

    Teachers care passionately about their pupils and strive to close the education achievement gap, but their job becomes more difficult as inequality and poverty levels rise – as they will under Conservative party policies Speaking last week at a Schools and FE Week Fringe at the Conservative party conference, I was accused by Nick Gibb,

    9.00 Oct. 16th, 2015 | Opinion