Don’t you love the smell of a new pencil case in September? Even as I write, I am thinking two things: “How old school is such a thought?” and “Ah, probably not”. The feel of a new laptop possibly, then, or glee at the prospect of whole new technologies reclining seductively in the classroom: “Look at me! I will make it easy to differentiate for all pupils, to engage, entertain, enthuse all learners with a kaleidoscope of images and sounds to rival the Odeon on a Friday night, put the universe and Stephen Hawking in your classroom! Flick my switch, smooth my surface, open sesame – the world beyond the classroom is right here on the wall – click!”
Hilary Moriarty looks at the reasons behind the successes in the independent sector reported in this year’s ISC census.
Information sharing means that schools can no longer hide their deficiencies – and that’s a very good thing.
If we want more young people to study it, it’s time put the glamour back into engineering.
Learning to speak another language may be hard, but it has long-lasting benefits.
The government wants everyone to do maths – but has not stopped to think if everyone can.
The digital revolution is all very well, but you can’t beat the physical presence of a book, says Hilary Moriarty.
As the school nativity play season draws near, Hilary Moriarty reminds us why we shouldn’t underestimate the value of drama in schools.
Is dynamism really the most important quality to look for when appointing a headteacher?