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At the top, there’s a long way to fall

With eight college leaders quitting their jobs in as many weeks, the pressure on principals and chief executives has never been greater. As the resignations pile up, George Ryan asks what does ‘good’...

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Classroom cheat sheet: The national reference test

This week: the national reference test If someone says… "Oh God, not more testing!” You say… “Not exactly. This is not a test as you’d think of it. The national reference test was introduced in 2017...

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Ire

Primary teachers were left surprised and not a little bit shocked by new official reading assessment guidance that includes a real example of a six- or seven-year-old reading Harry Potter and the...

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Minister, cut the jokes about hairdressers

Ah, the ministerial gag. Loved and loathed in equal measure. A tool that speechwriters employ to inject a semblance of humanity into their bosses’ prose. They are designed to: 1) be mostly inoffensive...

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Stepping into the last-chance saloon

Students in pupil-referral units are more than twice as likely to be taught by an unqualified teacher. Yet, as Will Moss has found, moving from a mainstream setting to play a part in reviving the...

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Tes focus on…Science in primary

Cognitive developmental psychologist Professor Emily Farran is bridging the gap between neuroscience research and science teaching. Here she tells Christina Quaine how focusing on spatial skills and...

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The most wonderful time of the year to be a teacher?

School at Christmas time must be a joyous place to work, everyone – perhaps rightly – presumes. What could you possibly have to complain about? Let’s start with the differences between teaching and...

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The week in books: 14 December 2018

The Snowman Michael Morpurgo Puffin 160pp, £12.99 ISBN: 9780241352410 It’s Christmas day, you’re sat around in the living room with your family, feeling stuffed after a wonderful dinner. The Snowman...

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What it’s like to teach in… the US

This year, I left my home country of Romania, where I taught maths for 28 years, to begin a new teaching life at Monroe High School in North Carolina in the US. In Romania, the politics had...

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Why we let our pupils create their own classrooms

To give children a lesson in how to learn, one school invited its primary pupils to redesign their own classrooms on the first day of term. Despite some chaotic scenes, students gained ownership of...

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Wy wee r getin spellin rong

The way we teach spelling in schools is not matching, for the most part, what the research says should be happening. The emphasis should be on breaking words down and focusing on meaning, rather than...

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‘Barbarians’ at the gates

Examples of ‘no excuses’ and ‘zero tolerance’ behaviour policies have been lambasted in the press of late as ‘barbaric’. With policies of isolation rooms and silent corridors gaining greater traction...

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