Voice strain and loss in teaching and early years

25 February 2016

Every year a number of teachers and early years workers suffer from voice strain exacerbated by prolonged use of their voice. Some even leave the profession because of it. Martin Hodgson, an education and healthcare consultant, explores the issue and looks at what schools and early years providers can do to reduce the risks.

Safety in the digital age

24 February 2016

Technology’s relentless move into the digital age has unlocked an endless range of opportunities. Michael Evans, former head teacher, freelance writer and educational consultant explains that while most of these opportunities have proved to be extraordinarily beneficial to society, there are some opportunities that most of us wish had never been unlocked.

Make a noise about bullying

2 February 2016

Following the UK’s 12th annual Anti-Bullying Week, former Head Michael Evans reflects on the fact that bullying continues to be a serious problem in schools.

Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils

19 January 2016

A new report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) outlines the characteristics of schools successful in raising performance. In this article, Suzanne O’Connell considers the key findings from the research.

Education legislation update

13 January 2016

John Fowler, Independent Commentator, and Policy Manager, Local Government Information Unit, writes about the Education and Adoption Bill’s progress and looks at what the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have in store for the next Education Bill.

Emergency life support

15 December 2015

In the grand scale of medical emergencies, a cardiac arrest must top the lot. When a heart stops pumping blood around the body and normal breathing suddenly stops, every second can make the difference between life and death. It only takes a few minutes for irreversible brain damage to occur.

Providing a broad and balanced curriculum

15 December 2015

From September 2015, concerns about whether a school is meeting curriculum requirements will trigger an inspection. Tony Powell looks in detail at how inspections will reflect this change.

In at the deep end?

15 December 2015

Many long-serving teachers will tell you that when they started out they were put in front of a class and told to get on with it. This sink or swim approach was wasteful, in some cases cruel and unfair to pupils. Nick Swift explores.