Are middle class parents getting away with child abuse?
Nicola Barry tells the story of how her mother's alcoholism blighted her childhood. She believes that her middle class background insulated her family form the scrutiny of social services - and believes this is still happening today.
Too much information?
Do you know your FOI from your DPA? Schools are increasingly bombarded with freedom of information requests, but Chris Lowe is on hand to help.
The value of early intervention
Early support for children struggling with SEN can save thousands of pounds helping them at secondary school – so why aren’t more schools investing in specialist tutors, asks Jean Gross.
Nothing in reserve
If you are heading for a fnancial hole, stop digging! SLT fnance expert Malcolm Trobe contrasts schools’ current reserve funds with the very bleak outlook caused by the banking bailout.
Future Head Boy?
Michael Gove, the Shadow Education Secretary, has been outspoken in his critique of the education establishment, and has unveiled ambitious plans for reform. James Croft wonders, however, whether he is not ‘insuffciently political’ to meet the challenge.
Set the bar higher
With workers flocking to the recession-proof career of teaching, is it time to tighten up the requirements for entry into the profession?
Measuring school performance
The ground may be shifting on the use of targets and league tables to improve performance. Ruth Dixon, Christopher Hood and Deborah Wilson look at the past and future of the standards agenda.
Fair means or foul
Cheats will never prosper – or will they? The economic collapse means pressure for top exam grades is growing – and students and schools alike seem increasingly tempted by dishonesty.