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We must not force competition

6 September 2012

We must not coerce pupils into a one-size-fits all menu of sporting activities in the pursuit of our Olympic legacy, says Brian Lightman.


Remembering the past

6 September 2012

History teacher Caroline West was unable to predict the impact that the Holocaust Educational Trust's annual training course at Yad Vashem in Israel would have on her and her teaching.


I'm not going to diss Gove ever again

6 September 2012

I promise to stop taking the mick out of Michael Gove. It's not clever and it's not funny. I'm not going to diss him in this column again. Ever.



Four steps to organic CPD

30 August 2012

The call for a reshaping of CPD in Scotland has been getting steadily stronger. Former national CPD co-ordinator Margaret Alcorn gives her four strategies for success in developing the right learning culture in your school.




The magic space

5 July 2012

Why get angry anymore? It's not going to get better. Market values have won. We've lost. But we haven't lost the big one. The magic space is safe.


Preparing digital citizens

5 July 2012

Dr Peter Twining argues that ICT must become a core subject, and while computer science is key, digital literacy and other key skills are just as important.


It's content not devices

5 July 2012

When considering classroom technologies, schools need to begin by examining content, not devices, says Andrew Henderson.


Competition vs collaboration

5 July 2012

Schools don't have to choose between collaboration and competition argues National College chief Steve Munby ― they should embrace both.


Defining leadership skills

5 July 2012

Naomi Eglington has moved from a leadership position in the NHS to one in education. She asks if leadership skills are transferable?


Stopping the bullies

5 July 2012

What do the best schools do to tackle bullying behaviour? Dr Hilary Emery takes a look.


A sporting comparison

5 July 2012

Teamwork and collaboration are vital to many aspects of life, including schools. Anne Evans explains.


United we stand

5 July 2012

The two biggest teaching unions have united to fight government attacks on pay and conditions. Kevin Courtney explains.


A time of change and challenge

5 July 2012

The pace of change being forced upon education by the coalition government is challenging teachers and students ― a challenge we must rise to says David Torn.


And so it ends...

5 July 2012

As the summer approaches, Tomas Duckling pens his final entry in this year's NQT Diary.



NQTs: Do you know your rights?

28 June 2012

New teachers are entitled to a range of statutory provisions designed to support your development during the first year at the chalkface. However, not all schools adhere to the law. Chris Keates urges NQTs to ensure they are receiving their entitlements.


Education in wonderland

28 June 2012

A frustrated Sir Tim Brighouse calls for the powers that be to recognise the importance of effective CPD.


Poetry for pleasure

28 June 2012

"Most people ignore most poetry because poetry ignores most people," said the late, great Adrian Mitchell. Well, not quite.


Protecting a precious resource

28 June 2012

With a third of NQTs quitting within the first three years of teaching, Julian Stanley considers what more can be done to hold on to new teachers.


Assessment in CfE

28 June 2012

The challenge of assessment in Scotland's new Curriculum for Excellence is causing a few headaches for teachers. Alex Wood explains.


The midgets move on

28 June 2012

As his year 7s move on, our NQT diarist, Tomas Duckling, looks back on what he has achieved with them this year.


The consequences of rigour

28 June 2012

Politicians demand tougher examinations, but will floor targets change to reflect this? Headteacher Marion Gibbs on the "rigour" debate.

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