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Colleges deserve better than political hypocrisy

Three cheers for colleges. Thanks to the unprecedented cross-sector love-in that is Colleges Week, we all (hashtag) Love Our Colleges and everything’s going to be fine. Look, even education secretary...

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Colleges’ GCSE stats are finally resitting pretty

GCSE resits are a tricky business – colleges are expected to achieve in just one year what schools were unable to do across five. But there is evidence that the efforts are finally paying off. The...

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Core funding? Stop, hammer time…

Last week, representatives of many aspects of FE grabbed their hammers and smashed the nail firmly on the head of one of the major problems with our sector’s lack of funding. The white-elephant issue...

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Diagnosing a crisis of agency

Struggling to manage workload, ground down by the demands of data collection, or even considering leaving the profession? These complaints and many more are symptomatic of the destruction of teacher...

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FE feels the #loveourcolleges

It’s been a good-news week for the sector, for once. Students, teachers and leaders have taken to social media, to the airwaves and to the streets to highlight the vital work our country’s colleges do...

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FE’s in the eye of the beholder

FE inspires me. I just wish those outside of colleges could see what I see. One evening, I ended up heading to the college’s training restaurant for an absurdly cheap seven-course dinner. The food was...

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It’s time to take the bullshit by the horns

Our profession is being bullshitted. And I’ve had enough. Think back, fellow teachers: what have you done today because you were asked to knowing it provided no educational value? What have you done...

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Teachers' dinner: Hallowe’en g(h)oulash

Struggling for what to cook this week? Teacher Siobhan Currie has been providing healthy and quick ideas for a few weeks, now. This week, she’s got a “knockout veggie version of a warming...

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Tes focus on… Engaging with parents

We all know that positive parental input is crucial for a child’s education, but how can schools foster good relationships? Academic Stephen Scott tells Chris Parr that while some programmes can be...

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Wanna be in my gang? It’s the lanyardies…

What’s a teacher’s most valuable resource? Stephen Petty, head of humanities at Lord Williams’s School in Thame, Oxfordshire, says it’s not your whiteboard, your pen collection, or even your teacher...

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When choice backfires

The number of post-16 providers for students with special educational needs and disabilities has rocketed over the past five years, but while the increasing focus on SEND is positive, what is emerging...

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Whose curriculum is it anyway?

For decades, schools have been focused on results, but next year they could have a new priority – if Ofsted gets its way. Amid fears that an obsession with exams has led to the narrowing of learning,...

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Why do we keep using teachers as target practice?

On Friday, I entered my performance management meeting with dread and resignation. According to the data, last year my Year 11 class under-performed, and, according to the head, they did so because of...

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Why your anti-bullying strategy isn’t working

With recent studies throwing into question everything we thought we knew about bullying, is your school’s prevention policy really up to scratch? Helen Amass surveys the latest research and finds that...

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