Editorial Comment

Headteacher Updates' editorial comment articles bring you the latest industry expert and editorial points of view on primary education.

A betrayal of childhood

What would an alien from Mars with no vested or financial interest say about British education on arriving here? Former children’s commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green tackles this question in his new book



Our child poverty shame

The government is not short on rhetoric over social mobility and child poverty, but the reality in Britain today is very different, says Kevin Courtney


The political pendulum

Enough is enough. We need a new era of big thinking from policy-makers rather than mechanistic reforms of structures and accountability, argues Geoff Barton


Money, money, money

The voices are growing louder still – when will the education secretary act to fund education properly and to address the legacy of austerity, asks Deborah Lawson...



Facing up to the Baseline Assessment

As the government ignores the wealth of opposition to push ahead with its reformed plans for Baseline Assessment, Joyce Connor gives us a view from the early years




Supporting support staff

It is not just teachers who are feeling under pressure at the moment. Julian Stanley reports on the problems facing support staff in an era of ever-shrinking school budgets


Is Ofsted value for money?

Kevin Courtney says that many teachers believe Ofsted is not fit-for-purpose – a punitive system which does not help schools to improve...


Flouting the law on teachers' pay

While the recruitment crisis worsens, teachers continue to be denied their minimum pay uplift entitlements, with many schools flouting the law


The Mental Health Green Paper

Schools are front and centre in the new child mental health proposals, but these plans will need to be honed and implemented swiftly if they are to address the current crisis, argues Anna Feuchtwang


The equality of opportunity

Governments talk often of ‘social mobility’ and ‘narrowing the gaps’ and schools have a clear role to play. But without two crucial ingredients – funding and teachers – we will not make progress, warns Anne Lyons


Academies: A very expensive mess

The academies programme is an expensive mess and, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the government is burying its head in the sand. It’s time for a radical rethink...


No more hero heads

The hero head model is discredited and dangerous. Julian Stanley urges school leaders to adopt a ‘first among equals’ approach and safeguard their own wellbeing


Schools and social services

The growing number of referrals by schools to children’s social services is an alarming trend – and all the signs point to services that do not have the capacity to cope. Debbie Moss explains


All eyes on Westminster...

The Chancellor will deliver his Autumn Budget on November 22. Anne Lyons says all eyes will be on Westminster to see if the government finally acts to ease the huge pressure on schools’ finances


While the government fiddles…

The government says that education unions have been ‘misleading’ the public when it comes to school funding – but nothing could be further from the truth…


Mental Health: Just a sticking plaster?

Immediate action is needed to support young people’s mental health, but this will be nothing but a sticking plaster unless we tackle the roots causes of the increasing problems


A ‘fiscal event’ worth watching

The November Budget is the time to take definitive action on school funding. Paul Whiteman urges the Chancellor to step up and do the right thing


Pay and conditions: Open sesame

The public sector pay debate has focused on teaching staff, but support staff have been suffering under the pay cap too. Jon Richards wants to see fair pay for all



Meanwhile, outside Westminster…

While all talk focuses on the hung Parliament election outcome, our education challenges remain. Deborah Lawson outlines three areas for action as ministers get back to work


The top to-do list priority for the DfE

Now that the election is over, teacher education and teacher supply must top the to-do list for the education secretary. James Noble Rogers outlines the priorities for the government

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