Best Practice

Dyslexia: The inside story

Ahead of her appearance at the TES SEN Show in October, Kate Griggs, founder of the charity Made By Dyslexia, outlines what dyslexia is, how it affects learning, the skills that dyslexic children often have, and how we can support them



Case study: A values-led philosophy

At the heart of the schools within the Inspire Learning Federation is a values-led philosophy for lifelong learning. Fiona Aubrey-Smith visited to find out more about their approaches to learning


Headship: The first 100 days

In July, headteacher Daniel-John Constable came to the end of his first year of headship. He reflects on the experience and discusses the lessons he learned and the challenges he faced during his first 100 days in the hot seat


The links between character education and mental health

The government is to strengthen the role of schools both in preventing mental health problems from arising and in supporting pupils in crisis. Anna Feuchtwang considers the part that ‘character education’ can play in new policy




Case study: Making the most of our TAs

Low pay and low status? Teaching assistants have been accused of have little impact on pupil attainment, but what if schools developed the role and provided better training and progression routes? Sal McKeown looks at the possibilities



Handling recruitment agencies

At one time or another, all headteachers will have to deal with the recruitment agencies in order to fill a short-term or long-term vacancy. Slava Kremerman offers some tips


Case study: A library in every classroom

With a small school library that was not fit-for-purpose, Tom Donohoe set about a new approach – creating a well-equipped mini-library in every single classroom...


Child abuse: The ‘art’ of listening

It takes on average seven years for children to disclose sexual abuse and teachers are on the frontline. Safeguarding expert Sam Preston asks if your staff really know how to ‘listen’ to their pupils


Literacy: Who is the Secret Storyteller?

Milton Primary School’s Secret Storyteller project, which brings parents into school to read to children, has been an enormous success. Christine Dean explains how it works


Go with the ‘flow’: Pedagogy in the EYFS

The ideal scenario for early years play-based learning is children who are naturally keen to explore and adults who know when to step back and when to intervene. Melody Lowe explains


Setting up a primary school nurture group

Drawing on the work of South Rise Primary School, Jo Corrigan considers what makes nurture group provision successful, the impact it has on children and their families, and offers advice for schools


Reviewing and shaping your curriculum

When she took up her current post as headteacher, Lyndsey King set about reviewing her school’s curriculum offer. She talks us through the approaches her school took and the lessons learned


Flexible working: A recruitment solution?

The difficulties schools are having in recruiting teachers continue to dominate the headlines. The DfE wants us to consider the option of flexible working. Just how might this work?


Safeguarding: Are you covering all bases?

Creating and maintaining a culture of safety is a priority for all primary schools. National Leader of Education and headteacher Helen Frostick advises on preparing and embedding effective practices and satisfying Ofsted requirements


Refocusing your approach to pupil assessment

With major changes afoot in both England and Wales, schools are under pressure to develop effective approaches to pupil assessment. As a new and free resource is published to help, Claire Hodgson offers some evidence-based guidance on how schools can develop their own approaches to assessment


Governance: Building your team

The role of the chair of governors and governing body in a school is vital. Ian Armitage looks at the attributes that effective boards – and effective chairs – need to succeed


Leadership: The vision thing...

Almost every school has a vision statement but the trick is making sure that those words become a platform for action. Primary head Paul Jackson shares his approach with Liam Donnison


Behaviour guidance with a sharp, no-nonsense edge

Behaviour tsar Tom Bennett’s guidance contains some strong messages about behaviour in our schools. It also promotes a hard line. Suzanne O’Connell considers its main messages and how they apply to primary schools



National Leaders of Education

Headteacher Cathy Longhurst discusses the process of becoming a National Leader of Education, what is involved in the role, and the benefits that being an NLE can have


Leadership profile: A passion for diversity and education

Earlier this year, headteacher Marva Rollins received an OBE for services to education. A passionate supporter of diversity in education, she is keen to support high-performing teachers from the female and BME workforce. Jo Corrigan speaks to her to find out more about her life and work

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