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The Ghost of Education Future

With pupils learning in freezing classrooms and some schools even considering four-day weeks due to rising energy prices and soaring inflation, Helen Osgood draws comparisons with Victorian-era Britain

Teachers' pay: Time is up, time for action

Time is up – after receiving no sign from the government of movement over teachers’ pay, the NASUWT has launched strike ballots. Dr Patrick Roach argues why his members must vote yes

Education matters, doesn’t it?

Funding. Funding. Funding. Everywhere you look in our schools we face challenges due to a lack of sufficient funding. Surely education matters more than this? Helen Osgood describes how and why we must take the fight for more investment to our politicians...

So what now? Facing the future

It is not the role of schools to solve the climate crisis, or any of the other multiple crises facing humankind. But we can choose to equip young people to face the future, say Dr Malcolm Groves and Professor John West-Burnham

Remaking the role of teaching assistant

The pandemic and the cost of living crisis is making the role of the teaching assistant more crucial than ever – just at a time when funding cuts are putting their jobs at risk, says Mike Short

What is there left to cut?

The cost of living crisis is hitting schools hard and senior leaders will have no choice but to make cuts to front-line education spending. Paul Whitman says the new prime minister must act and act now

Where next for SEN Support?

The SEND Review side-lines the importance of SEN Support in schools and risks driving more parents to seek Education, Health and Care Plans. Sara Alston is concerned

Neurodiversity and mental health in the classroom

There is a growing and wide range of needs among children and young people that teachers and support staff are increasingly being expected to meet in the classroom. With a few small steps, we can make things easier for everyone, says Helen Osgood

SEND Review: What about support staff?

When it comes to the often-crucial role of support staff in supporting effective SEND provision, the long-awaited SEND Review is almost silent – this cannot be right, says Leigh Powell

MATs: What’s in it for us?

We must all be in or joining a multi-academy trust by 2030, but with the DfE still to present evidence for its policy, we must ask: is there a compelling case for academisation or is it blind compulsion? Paul Whiteman explains

Farewell then, the school-led system?

The Schools Bill currently passing through Parliament will be the beginning of the end of any real sense of autonomy for our schools, says Dr Mary Bousted

SATs: Testing for testing’s sake

This year’s SATs will be a pointless exercise, only adding pressure and stress for pupils and teachers when the burden of the pandemic is already heavy enough, says Helen Osgood

A national demonstration: Will you be there?

Serious recruitment and retention issues and the cost-of-living crisis is compounding workload and wellbeing issues at the chalkface. Dr Patrick Roach calls on teachers to join a national demonstration on June 18 calling for change

Who wants to be a headteacher?

The profession is on its knees after two years of working on the front-line of the pandemic. And unless action is taken on workload and wellbeing, the supply of school leaders risks running dry, says Diana Ohene-Darko

Covid: So, what do we do now?

With its decision to scrap all rules relating to Covid, the government once again has placed headteachers, school staff, and parents in an almost impossible position, says Chris Fabby

More than words: Please act now on teacher wellbeing

The workload and wellbeing crisis in schools is not down to a lack of resilience or competence on the part of teachers and the government’s response must reflect this. Dr Patrick Roach pleads with ministers to act now

SEND: A new approach to thinking about funding

One of the biggest barriers to effective SEND provision remains inadequate funding. The facts and figures have been well-documented. Please, says inclusion expert Daniel Sobel, we need a new mindset...

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

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