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Can we expect a more meaningful Ofsted?

In 2019, the Ofsted inspection framework will change. As speculation grows, we look for clues, including from the new IDSR, Amanda Spielman’s testimony to the Education Select Committee, and Ofsted’s annual report...


A CPD plan for the new year

As 2018 gets underway, Maria Cunningham offers school leaders some new year’s resolutions to help you ensure that your staff’s CPD is effective and high-impact for the months ahead



Alarm at Ofsted’s Reception conclusions

Bold or premature? Ofsted’s small-scale report into the Reception curriculum has alarmed many with its dismissal of softer skills and focus on quick starts and rapid progress. Suzanne O’Connell reports


Seven good sources for school fundraising

With school budgets under huge pressure and little respite on the horizon, fundraising has never been more important. Brin Best gives us an overview of some external funding sources available to schools



A curriculum to stimulate a sense of engagement

A curriculum focusing on independence, collaboration, creativity and expression has been the key to turning around a primary school in an area known as ‘little Beirut’. Headteacher Steve Kernan explains


Are you ready for GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect on May 25. Steve Baines discusses how schools can prepare


Talking about disfigurement

How should we talk about disfigurement in the classroom? Dr Jane Frances and Alexis Camble from the charity Changing Faces offer advice on how to ensure our schools are inclusive


Three major challenges for 2018

As the new year begins, what changes do you need to prepare for? Richard Skipper discusses three major challenges waiting for us in 2018



A governance skills audit

The importance of a skills audit in securing the governors that your school needs should not be underestimated. Ian Armitage advises



Simple science ideas

The Wellcome Trust’s free Explorify programme is helping to boost primary school science lessons. Louise Stubberfield discusses how headteachers can support excellent primary science provision



After the inspection...

In the final part of his before, during and after series on school inspection, Anthony David reflects on how school leaders can often find themselves facing a low or feeling depressed after the inspectors have left...



Attachment theory in schools

The implications of attachment theory are becoming more and more relevant to the work of schools. Professor Elizabeth Harlow looks at the research and signposts a range of resources, training and support



Devising an effective fundraising strategy

A carefully thought-out fundraising strategy that links closely with your school improvement plan could be considered an essential for modern schools. Expert Brin Best discusses how to devise an effective fundraising strategy for your school


Developing a reasoning-rich maths curriculum

In 2015, Kirsty Munns spent 10 days in China observing maths lessons. The experience inspired her to develop a whole-school ‘reasoning-rich’ maths curriculum. She reflects on the outcomes and the lessons learned so far


Effective CPD for school support staff

Teacher development is a clear priority for the most effective schools, but how do you ensure that your support staff are not missing out on crucial CPD? Bridget Clay advises



Appraisals: Passing the threshold

Teachers who have passed the threshold and moved onto the upper pay range should be making ‘substantial and sustained’ contributions to their schools. Brian Rossiter looks at how the threshold system should work and some of the related challenges facing schools


No overhaul of primary assessment in sight

The government’s response to the primary assessment consultation was published in September. Primary headteachers are anxious for change. We look at ministers’ plans and speculate on what the new model will deliver

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