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Tackling teacher retention and turnover challenges

A major on-going research project by the National Foundation for Educational Research is helping us to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics within retention and recruitment for the teacher workforce in England. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the latest findings


Planning ahead for recruitment

How can you make your recruitment processes more efficient? Rebecca Oram shares some long-term, low-cost strategies for success


How to create a mentally healthy school

Creating mentally healthy schools benefits staff and pupils. Emma Mamo from the charity MIND offers her advice both to schools themselves and to staff who are struggling with a mental health problem


What is your approach to promoting learning skills?

As a headteacher, what are your priorities when beginning at a new school? For Frances Robertson, the focus must always begin on children’s learning skills and the school’s teaching and learning ethos...


Fundraising: Grant-making trusts

Many schools do not consider applying to grant-making trusts for funding, even though they are well-placed to make successful bids. Brin Best explains more and lists some of his top trusts to apply to


Every teacher a researcher

Research in education is becoming ever more vital to raising outcomes. Fiona Aubrey-Smith argues why every teacher should be a researcher and advises on how this can be achieved


A quick glimpse inside an outstanding school

St Silas Primary is an outstanding school driven by an ethos of ‘each and every child’. Headteacher Gina Donaldson explains what it is that has led to the school’s success in recent years





The Stella Project: Supporting our vulnerable learners

The Stella Project has been working with professionals to provide mental health training in order to better support vulnerable learners. Clare Stafford explains more about the legacy the year-long project hopes to leave


GDPR: The countdown continues

The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in just under three months’ time. Al Kingsley advises schools on their preparation


Bullying vs banter: Where do we draw the line?

We often hear people say that ‘it was only banter’. But where does playful ‘joshing’ turn into something hurtful and when does that become bullying? As planning begins for Anti-Bullying Week 2018, Martha Evans considers how teachers can tell the difference



Tackling LGBT prejudice

How should primary schools go about tackling issues relating to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language? Stonewall’s Sam Hardwick advises and signposts some of their primary resources







Are you ready for GDPR?

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


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

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