Behaviour

Zero-tolerance risks exclusions for minor incidents It’s reasonable for schools to have ‘zero-tolerance’ policies towards ‘drugs or weapons’, cross-... Read more
Pupils told inspectors they now feel safe in school Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) became notorious when it opened in September 2017 for... Read more
Redundancies at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy threaten ‘broadest’ curriculum Inspiration Trust runs two secondary schools in Great Yarmouth:... Read more
The headline is true. But it’s also mischievous and misleading. Mischievous because it attempts to demonize free schools. It’s an antidote to recent... Read more
Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, part of the Inspiration Trust, has become notorious for its strict behaviour policy especially the rule, now... Read more
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26.09.17 by
The inspiration for this article is Steven Pinker’s 1994 book, ‘The Language Instinct’, in which he builds on Chomsky’s assertion of the existence in... Read more
‘ If you feel sick we will give you a bucket. If you vomit - no problem! You’ve got your bucket. ’ This is the instruction to pupils claiming to feel... Read more
A comprehensive school accepts pupils irrespective of prior attainment. A grammar school accepts only pupils who pass a selection test. According to... Read more
The width and depth of this misunderstanding is demonstrated in this Guardian headline . New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that anyone who... Read more
I have the consent of 'Disappointed Idealist' to write an article on my website based on his latest post on leaving the teaching profession. It is... Read more
As protests grow at so many aspects of current policy - from an impoverished curriculum to the diminishment of local democracy, the erosion of... Read more
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25.04.16 by
In my experience as a parent, teacher, headteacher and grandparent, few schools are effective at addressing bullying of their pupils. In fact it is... Read more
This is a summary version of the full article which you can read here Although this could be one my most important articles in relation to improving... Read more
Co-authored by Roger Titcombe and Janet Downs The government increasingly involves itself in what should be taught and how it should be taught.... Read more
I am writing this shortly after the Chancellor, George Osborne, made his March 2016 budget announcement that all the remaining Local Authority... Read more
This article is an extract from a forthcoming book, The Long Game: The Lessons We Can Learn From Long-Serving Teachers, which will be published this... Read more
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27.02.16 by
In November, it was reported that children at St George the Martyr Primary School, in Holborn, are being made to keep their hands clasped behind... Read more
Yesterday, the Guardian published an excellent piece by journalist John Harris on the death of creativity and enjoyment of learning our state school... Read more