Sats remind me of the Wizard of Oz – pull back the curtain and they are exposed as ridiculous, says Siobhan Collingwood
13 May 2019
Teachers are coming together to shout about funding and poverty – but we need to increase the volume, says one head
19 Mar 2019
There's so much data on child poverty, but no national measure. We desperately need to introduce one, says this head
28 Nov 2018
September brings optimism, hope and renewed companionship in schools – you need to keep that positivity, says one head
24 Sep 2018
On Sats results day, this head couldn't forget the student who had scrawled 'I am dumb' all over her test paper
16 Jul 2018
A royal wedding party and a school bike ride – one head on what her pupils are looking forward to now the pressure's off
18 May 2018
For anyone who doesn't know what it means for a kid to live in so-called 'relative poverty', read Chip's story
The number of children living in 'relative poverty' is increasing at an alarming rate – and our system is allowing them to slip through the cracks, into obscurity and despair, writes one headteacher
6 Apr 2018
Headteacher Siobhan Collingwood embedded a culture of zero-tolerance in her school. Within a year, she'd scrapped the system. Here, she explains why
5 Feb 2018
'Generous donations from strangers to help our most vulnerable pupils restored my faith in humanity'
One headteacher describes the harsh realities of poverty for the children in her school and thanks those who donated whatever they could to make the children's Christmases a little brighter
20 Jan 2018
The public services squeeze, funding cuts and increasing accountability mean that schools are struggling to stay afloat, writes one headteacher
25 Oct 2017
We can't keep throwing young lives away by failing to bend our systems around them – fragile and vulnerable children need extra support when dealing with the transition from primary to secondary, writes one headteacher
3 Oct 2017
My new school year resolution is to take more time to savour the many pleasures that keep me coming to work each day and to make sure that my colleagues are able to do so as well
18 Jul 2017
After the social media storm on Sats over the weekend, it's clear that it's time to organise and put together a positive voice for change, writes one headteacher
10 Jul 2017
'The primary assessment system is an endless anxiety merry-go-round, driven by an engine of mistrust'
By participating in the primary assessment consultation, we're taking a step to act as the defenders of our children's educational experience and their mental health, writes one of the winners of the TES School Awards
2 Jul 2017
Sats Week: 'My teacher seems to believe that learning the difference between a subordinating conjunction and a preposition is vital to my future success'
One headteacher imagines what a child's story of their experiences of Sats might look like: "I am going to start secondary school with the label 'not good enough'"
3 May 2017
'The resilience, energy and optimism of some of my pupils at Christmas humbles me; I don't know if I could cope walking a day in their shoes'
Although a daily reality of life in our community, Christmas time amplifies the desperate predicaments of many of my pupils, says one leading headteacher
18 Dec 2016
'If education ministers are really acknowledging major problems with primary assessment, 2017's Sats have to be suspended'
If the DfE is truly acknowledging our concerns, why are this year's children taking the same tests that have produced invalid data and initiated a national consultation, asks one primary head
26 Oct 2016
Never again should children be subjected to the chaos and stress that marked last year’s testing debacle, says one primary head
13 Oct 2016
As the year ends and teachers go on holiday to lick their wounds and write a new school improvement plan, one headteacher reflects on a tumultuous year
24 Jul 2016