Author Archives: Andrew Lifford

Do teenagers really need to start school at 10am?

Are morning lessons redundant for secondary school children? I always thought that period 6 was the toughest time to teach with pupils itching to go home! E-petitions actually make a difference A debate, which featured in Parliament this week, originated from an e-petition launched from Hannah Kidner, an A-level student which gained significant press coverage….

Welcome to our new website!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new website which will make it easier for you to interact with us. It boasts a clean design and intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation to help you find your way around with ease. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on…

ACAS Early Conciliation: how could it affect you as a teacher?

What is Early Conciliation? Early Conciliation came into force on 6 April 2014 meaning that any teacher or school employee will need to notify ACAS in the event they intend to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim against their school or local authority.  There are very limited exceptions to this and most types of claim will…

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

  Our anonymous blogger is a Teach First teacher in an inner-city school.  These are their individual views and not the views of Edapt. As Mandela made clear, education is everything. Being a first world country, we should be able to proudly declare that our children are benefiting from a first rate education. Sadly, to…

Sugar free schools?

Our anonymous blogger is a Teach First teacher in an inner-city school. These are their individual views.  As children, we battled with my mum over certain “brain foods” she deemed vital. Fish was my nemesis, forcing me to think creatively and come up with various strategies that allowed me to get the nasty stuff down…

Towards a Royal College of Teaching

As the Royal College of Teaching moves into the next phase of its development, released today is the report in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons: Towards a Royal College of Teaching – raising the status of the profession. Below is Edapt’s contribution to the report: Edapt advocates a Royal College of Teaching and…

Why are you just a teacher?

This blog post comes from our anonymous blogger working in a secondary school. The other day one of my Year 8 students said something disconcerting: ‘If you’re so smart why didn’t you become a lawyer or a doctor? Why are you just a teacher?’ This ‘just’ has haunted me for weeks. For that little just…