The Teaching Crisis
For all the DfE claims made about academisation freeing up education, the fact is that the professional discretion and judgement of teachers has been curtailed so much that it is destroying the ability of teachers to make creative responses to the needs of their students. Fiona Carnie makes a radical plea for change.
The importance of school washrooms in your anti-bullying strategy
School washrooms have been portrayed for some time as a bully’s playground and this can unfortunately be the case. A survey by the Children’s Parliament claimed that up to 40% of pupils feared the behaviours of others in school toilets, and though it is not breaking news, bullying can have lifelong effects and severely disrupt academic performance.
Higher Education and the Betrayal of the Next Generation
Lower entrance requirements and irrelevant courses are creating a glut of graduates but a shortage of qualified job applicants. David Craig and Hugh Openshaw highlight that massive student debt and devaluation of degrees are becoming the norm and that young people are bearing the brunt of a system that rewards aggressive recruitment policies.
Walking in the Shoes of Overseas Trained Teachers
Under threat and under pressure, teachers with overseas qualifications are proving to be resilient and adaptive, but they are not receiving the recognition they deserve. Prof. Paul Miller reports.
Handwriting Your Way to Self Expression
The science of handwriting analysis has connecting handwriting to personality for thousands of years, but now typing is taking over and not all students are learning to write by hand. Dr Jane Medwell offers research showing how handwriting is an important way for students to tap into their creativity and develop self-expression.
Rethinking Education and Employment in an Automated Era
The world of automation is imminent and our future generations will not be equipped to take advantage of the opportunities if we don’t re-think our education. Rohit Talwar and the team at Fast Future suggests we start experimenting now with new approaches to learning and tips to help our future society thrive.
Thinking Like a Boss
Being a school leader involves much more than taking on a new title and more responsibility. It involves growth and skill development, which can and should occur at all career stages. Heather Clements outlines steps and strategies teachers can take to put themselves on track for successful career progression.
Toilets For All Genders
Research from the US is driving the move to create all-inclusive toilets. Jory Debenham reports on why they’re important for schools and what aspects are crucial for school leaders to consider when creating more modern, student-friendly spaces.
Cultivating Habits of Mind
Being willing to learn is a crucial element of a success mindset, but it doesn’t always come naturally. Hanna Miller explains how the Thinking Schools Academy Trust is providing students with the skills and habits to become the best version of themselves.
Reconciling Conflict in the Classroom
Conflict appears in many guises and it is important for students to have the tools to resolve it and rise above behaviours that escalate or make a situation worse. Louisa Weinstein offers her 7 Principles of Conflict Resolution for use in the classroom.