Opinion

The ‘Workload Principles’: A one-page guide to the most useful parts of the workload reports

After surveying 21,000 people and taking a year to mull over the results what did the groups tasked with...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
Opinion

‘Tread warily in this brave new academy world’

Teacher training needed reform. But are school-led routes the only solution? Accountability, parent power and the question of who...

Ros McMullen
Ros McMullen
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...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

‘Setting targets does nothing good for pupils – it can even make things worse’

It’s time to ditch a culture of misused statistics and instead come up with a fairer system for measuring...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

‘No excuses’ is not a solution for angry teens

Insisting disadvantage can be fixed with a traditional academic curriculum and a strong dose of discipline is not engaging...

Kiran Gill
Kiran Gill
Opinion

Teachers must learn to tame technology

There are powerful tools already available in schools. Staff must realise they don’t need to upgrade, they need to...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Factory-farmed teachers will fail our children

The new-look training courses are trying to turn out fully-formed teachers in a matter of weeks, when what they...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Would you teach differently if there was a gun at your head?

Do our current teaching methods always achieve the goals we hope for – and if not, why not? It’s...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Top tips for dealing with criticism as an education leader

Education leaders in the limelight often attract criticism and negative attention. How do they stand it? And what techniques...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips