Editorial Comment

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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


Lies, damn lies and variants

The DfE is withholding data about the extent of the spread of the ‘Indian’ Covid variant in schools. Jon Richards wonders if we are dealing with evidence-based policy-making or policy-based evidence-making...



The fault line in our society...

The attainment gap between rich and poor has become a fault line in our society and there are clear links to poverty and disadvantage – yet this does not appear to be on the to-do list of the current government, says Geoff Barton


We are professionals: The proletarianisation of teachers

The proletarianisation of teachers began in the 1980s and continues today. The impact of this has been revealed most starkly during the Covid crisis. We must once again recognise teachers as professionals, not workers, says Dr Alex Gardner-McTaggart







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...



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