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35 hours? The case for an annual CPD entitlement

An entitlement to 35 hours of high-quality CPD for every teacher and more effective support for new headteachers are two keys to school improvement according to the School Improvement Commission. Nick Brook explains


Full sick pay is essential to Covid safety

Catering and cleaning staff in schools are more likely to catch Covid, but many do not receive access to full sick pay if they have to self-isolate. Jon Richards says this has to change


A financial cliff-edge: The costs of Covid

The £650m catch-up premium is just a footnote when compared to the huge strain being put on school budgets by the Covid-19 crisis. Primary school leader Anthony David is deeply concerned


Supporting our teachers: Ministers must do better

As the pandemic continues, teachers are reaching breaking point. Ministers must do better, and that begins with making guidance clearer and giving schools the time and resources required. Sophie Howells explains


Covid-19: Where is the plan for schools?

Chaotic, blame-shifting, ineffective, incompetent – the government’s handling of education during the pandemic has hindered the recovery efforts of schools. An exasperated Paul Whiteman implores ministers to give us the support we need


Test & trace: A catalogue of broken promises

The full re-opening of schools is reliant on an effective Covid-19 testing system. And yet we are still waiting. Jon Richards despairs at the bombast of this government and its grandiose broken promises


Where now after Covid’s ‘Great Pause’?

Why do we educate? What is important? The Covid experience must change how we think about education. In a new book, chair of the Headteachers’ Roundtable Stephen Tierney, says that clarity about the content that needs to be taught must be matched by clarity about the reason for teaching it...




Covid-19 shines a light on 'searing inequality'

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the searing inequality in our education system. Dr Patrick Roach says that post-lockdown we need bold measures and a new deal for our young people and their teachers...





A tipping point: Where now for school food?

The latest state of the nation report digs into the reality of what children are eating at school – with results that should prompt urgent action from the government. Jeanette Orrey explains



The conditions to flourish

The Education Support Teacher Wellbeing Index gives us an up-to-date picture of stress and mental health in our profession...


Would you recommend a career in teaching?

The results of new NAHT research are stark, with a third of school leaders refusing to recommend a career in teaching to others. Paul Whiteman looks at the findings and the reasons behind them


Funding is tight, but please don’t cut CPD...

The funding crisis in education risks creating barriers to CPD as schools are forced to cut costs. Paul Whiteman urges headteachers to resist any temptation to cut back on staff training and CPD


Exclusion: Falling into the gaps?

The renewed focus on issues of school exclusion and off-rolling is welcome. Anna Feuchtwang says that the time has come for schools and policy-makers to reflect on why the exclusions system seems to be going off the rails...


‘It is not just what the law says, it is the right thing to do’

The angry and intimidating protests in Birmingham against primary schools running the No Outsiders programme and teaching equal rights are deeply concerning. Paul Whiteman reminds us that every school has a duty to eliminate discrimination and sends a message to protestors, schools and ministers...


Make time for wellbeing

Strong and positive leadership is at the heart of whole-school wellbeing, enabling staff to handle the pressure of the job, says Richard Faulkner

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