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  • How to put teacher wellbeing at the top of a school’s agenda

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    There are very few people that would take any issue whatsoever with staff wellbeing being seen as a key priority in schools. Indeed, probably next to concern about school budgets, workload and the impact it has on the wellbeing of staff is generally recognised as the most pressing issue of the day...

  • Character building: Is this what the school curriculum is missing?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The extent to which the current school curriculum is fit for purpose is a debate that rumbles on and on. On one side of the fence, it can be argued that there are more Ofsted-judged ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools than ever before. If this is the case, surely it points to the curriculum being...

  • The Uncertain Future of Middle Schools

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Back in 2009, Bedfordshire Borough Council’s website announced the closure of its middle schools. The method it employed to do so – we might call this ‘opaque’, for want of a better word, of which there are many – gives a clear answer to the question regarding the future of middle schools. It is...

  • Season Greetings for Educators

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    There is no time in the school year for a teacher quite like the last couple of weeks of December. The students are excited for not only Christmas and New Year, but the break from school that comes along with it. And no matter what the teachers say, they are thrilled as well. It is a reprieve from...

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  • Ofsted blames school leaders for teacher workload

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Following the announcement that Ofsted is to begin asking staff at schools who are being inspected to evaluate their own leadership team in terms of workload, several questions might be asked. For example: Is Ofsted essentially blaming school leaders for workload? What do Ofsted inspectors...

  • Is there a crisis in Modern Foreign Languages?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Exams regulator, Ofqual, has published the results of a research project that began in 2015 to look at the differences between grading at GCSEs, AS and A levels. It will come as no surprise to many – especially Modern Foreign Languages – teachers that the news is now official: some GCSEs have...

  • Old, Broken and In Need of Retirement – Our Education System

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Other than the odd minor tweak, our education system has sat broadly unchanged since the Victorian era. Yes, there was that experiment with middle schools in the seventies and eighties, some of which continue today. Certainly, the leaving age has steadily crept up as Governments battle to find...

  • How to Replace the Extracurriculars that Are Being Eliminated at Elementary Schools

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Education always seems to take a hit when the government is looking to move tax dollars to a different area to balance its budget. Inevitably, the money that the schools were supposed to be receiving gets drastically reduced, often without warning. This leads to every school district trying to get...

  • Night of the Nativity – The Magic of Christmas

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Mrs Moore was a stickler. As head of Infants – a title she insisted on retaining even as names changed (‘Infants: tells the children and their parents their place in the pecking order’ she would maintain) – she really was the most important person at Kingsfield Combined School (OFSTED rating...

  • How To Perpetuate Educational Injustice: Increase the Number of Grammar Schools

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Do you remember Jennings? Possibly some kids still read about the terribly posh, awfully naughty Prep school boy. More likely, he lives on through the fans of his 1960s heyday. There is even a Jennings Appreciation Society to stir old memories. Even less plentiful than Jennings books are...