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Pension warning: Schools urged to step in

The body blow of a pay freeze during the pandemic now risks being compounded by teacher pension losses due to the lack of ‘indexation’ – but schools can act to prevent this. Helen Osgood explains



Reception Baseline: We must continue the fight

The Reception Baseline Assessment is time-consuming, unreliable, and draining on schools’ budgets. We must continue to fight its use and protect young people from this controversial statutory assessment, says Deborah Lawson



No evidence that ‘brutal’ Ofsted regime works

If Ofsted cannot show that it achieves its core purpose, what hope does the profession suffering under its tyrannical yoke have? Ofsted is still driving pointless workload and operating with no evidence that its judgements are reliable, says Dr Mary Bousted





Tutoring: Hitting the target but missing the point?

The government has pledged to deliver tutoring for six million pupils by 2025. But with dwindling subsidies, Nick Brook says that ministers could well find themselves hitting the target, but missing the point


SEND and schools: Inclusive by design

At a time when the SEND system is facing a raft of challenges, Annamarie Hassall is taking the helm at special needs association Nasen. She wants to see all schools become inclusive by design and all SENCOs properly resourced and supported




Just think, they could call it social justice...

The chief inspector does not realise just how badly her food parcel comments have landed. There is nothing new in schools supporting disadvantaged families – so how about we drop the meaningless ‘levelling up’ refrain and focus on real change, says Geoff Barton


Comprehensive Spending Review: A moment of truth

A pay-freeze, a 3.2 per cent rise in the cost of living, real-terms cuts to school funding – the government needs to change tack quickly if we are to prevent teachers from quitting the chalkface post-pandemic says Dr Patrick Roach


Mental health: A false dichotomy

Mental health and academic achievement are not an either/or. As we respond to the pandemic, we must involve children and look beneath the surface, says Matthew Purves


We need concerted action on teacher workload

Coming out of the pandemic, the number of teachers thinking about quitting is deeply worrying. Deborah Lawson says the time is now for concerted action on workload and wellbeing. She suggests how…



Education recovery: Time for the DfE and the Treasury to step-up

We need to see the government’s blueprint for education recovery and we need to see it now, says Paul Whiteman. Ahead of this month’s NAHT policy-making conference, he also calls for the new secretary of state to stand up to the Treasury on school funding


No way to plan a recovery...

The early years workforce is in no mood to return to the past ways of working once the pandemic recedes. We have to move forward differently, says Deborah Lawson


SEND Review: What are we waiting for?

In 2019, the government promised a landmark review of the SEND sector in response to concerns that SEND provision has become a ‘postcode lottery’. Margaret Mulholland asks: Why is it taking so long?



A big picture recovery is required

Recovery from the setbacks of the pandemic runs deeper than just education, and it is time the government acknowledged this, says Matthew Dodd


Long Covid: We demand protection in law

Teachers dealing with the often-devastating impact of long Covid are not protected by legislation. Dr Patrick Roach urges everyone to get behind a new campaign to change this...



No child left behind? Really, Boris?

The paltry investment in education recovery unveiled by the DfE has been met, quite rightly, with derision. We can only conclude that schools and young people are not the government’s priority, says Paul Whiteman

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