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  • Government issues new guidelines on sex and relationships education

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    When it comes to education policy it’s true that it is virtually impossible to please everybody. Any new policy announcement is likely to split opinion and receive as much criticism as it does praise. The government’s new curriculum guidelines on mental health, relationships and sex education have...

  • Do we ask too much of trainee teachers?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Anybody who has gone through the experience (or ordeal!) of trainee teacher will agree that it is one of the most stressful – yet strangely exhilarating – journeys that you will ever embark on during your lifetime. For most that train to teach it is a veritable rollercoaster ride of ups and...

  • How can you revamp your primary school curriculum?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    All sectors in education tend to suffer from ‘initiative overload’. Schools can take on too much – often imposed by government policymakers – and not enough time is given to properly embed a new approach, strategy or policy, before the next change comes along. On the flipside, whilst nobody...

  • Can we actually teach creativity?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Creativity has become big news in education in recent years. A combination of the government’s focus on academic subjects and funding cuts has led to a squeeze on creative subjects in schools. Many people have complained about the decline of arts subjects, and the business world has been quick to...

  • What It Means to Be an Educator in Your Community

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    When we all started taking courses in college to become educators, most of us probably didn’t take into account the ripple effect that comes along with being a teacher in the community. In the beginning, we believed that we would just be in front of our class every day, teaching the curriculum to...

  • Should Gifted Students Be Taught in a Different Way?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    How do you teach the gifted students that have cognitive abilities above and beyond the rest of the students? In fact, if they are gifted high school students, their knowledge might even eclipse the teacher’s own. This leads to another problem: How do you teach someone smarter than you are? As...

  • Mental Health – Society’s Problem Left for Schools to Sort

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    When Hawton and James published their seminal work into the mental health of young people they produced some disturbing figures. Close to a half of adolescents experienced suicidal thoughts. One in seven self-harmed. Teenagers worry. It is a condition of growing up, like acne and intolerance...

  • Heads' union backs climate change pupils’ strike

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Friday 15 February will mark a significant and highly unusual event in this year’s school calendar. An organisation called UK Youth Strike 4 Climate have called a mass action that will involve thousands of pupils from schools in 30 towns and cities walking out of lessons over the issue of climate...

  • Are GCSEs no longer fit for purpose?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The new Chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee, Tory MP Robert Halfon, has sparked a national debate after saying that GCSEs (only recently reformed) should be scrapped and replaced by a broader qualification that recognises both academic and technical/vocational skills, alongside...

  • The Mobile Phone in Schools Debate Rumbles On

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, has reignited a debate that continues to rumble on and on: the issue of whether mobile phones should be banned from schools. Gibb, whilst recognising that schools should be free to set their own behaviour policies, has made it clear that his personal view is that...