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We should teach friendship

9 May 2018

In today’s complex world, we must seriously consider teaching our young people about friendship...



At the chalkface: Toxic

9 May 2018

I tried to dismantle the fizzy drinks machine and got detention. I gave condescending, useless sermons on class, culture and diet. How could parents foist poison on their own children?



Recruitment & retention: Long-term gain?

2 May 2018

The government’s various proposals will not help the teacher recruitment and retention crisis in the short-term, but they do have long-term potential, says Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: Revision!

2 May 2018

Universities are, apparently, offering “therapy dogs and rabbits” to soothe the savagely stressed. Read that sentence again. Read it and weep.





A half-decent pay deal...

25 April 2018

Finally, school support staff and other workers have been offered a half-decent pay deal, this now needs to be fully funded, warns Jon Richards


At the chalkface: Meeting Mrs Malaprop

25 April 2018

A real perk about being retired is meeting former students. It’s a sort of temporal vertigo. It’s difficult to know what tense you’re in.


Diary of an NQT: Leading my first CPD

25 April 2018

Asked to lead a CPD session for trainee teachers, our NQT diarist was thrilled to find other teaching and support staff colleagues also keen to take part...


Gender bias: What would you do?

18 April 2018

Are women punished for being successful? Unconscious bias is not a woman’s issue – it is everyone’s issue, says Caroline Sherwood





The death of the arts?

21 March 2018

By the time policy-makers recognise the importance of the arts, it may be too late to save them, says Dr Bernard Trafford


Retention: A glimmer of hope

21 March 2018

Low pay, high workload and an eroding of professional autonomy are huge retention challenges – but there is hope, says Julian Stanley





STEAM – not just STEM

14 March 2018

We must not STEM the creativity of the arts – but we must STEAM ahead with a broad and balanced curriculum, argues Deborah Lawson



At the chalkface: If you liked school…

14 March 2018

“If you liked school,” goes the caption, “you’ll love work.” Has it really come to this? Is education now merely about getting a job? Nothing else?

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