Best Practice

Removing barriers for BME pupils

Are schools doing enough to meet the needs of their increasingly diverse population? Linda Tanner reports on programmes that have been proven to make the difference for Black and minority ethnic children


Tackling homophobic bullying

In 2009, 75 per cent of pupils at Alfred Salter Primary School were hearing homophobic language on a daily basis. Now, the school is to become the only primary in the country offering training days to support school staff in tackling homophobic bullying.




Pupil wellbeing and attainment

Wellbeing activities such as yoga, music, breathing techniques and good nutrition can help create pupils who are ready to learn. Giles Bryant explores the link between wellbeing and attainment and looks at case studies of wellbeing practices in action


Lessons in railway safety

Trains are popular with children – making rail safety education all the more vital. Mark Shaoul introduces some new resources to help primary schools in this area


Creative thinking

Gareth Mills looks at how engaging teachers in research to inform best practice can unleash untapped creativity and bring about sustainable improvement in schools


Closing the poverty- attainment gap

The Future Leaders charity works to develop outstanding school leaders in challenging secondary schools. It is now expanding its work to the primary sector and is appealing for applicants. Heath Monk explains


Staying secure when going online

With schools looking at services such as online communication and parent payment systems, what security issues do they need to understand and how can they reassure parents that they provide a safe and secure service? Martin Temple offers his advice


Working together

The government’s stated aim is to give schools more autonomy. Paul Bennett from the National College discusses how focused and sustainable collaborative working could be the key to making the most of increased freedoms


Embedding effective ICT

Earlier this year, Michael Gove said that ICT in schools was a mess. Brenda Bigland discusses how her school embedded ICT across its classrooms and curriculum and offers an insight into developing an effective ICT strategy


Homework: To set or not to set...

While one union has branded homework a waste of time, many others argue the benefits. With government guidelines scrapped, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the pros and cons of setting homework


Language barriers

A new study focusing on global language learning finds that English-speaking education often provides less resource and encouragement for languages. Teresa Tinley and Therese Comfort consider the challenges common to successful primary language teaching


Working with your parents

Nick Bannister reviews some recent research and talks to primary leaders about how schools can take their parental engagement to the next level


The grammar test

Suzanne O’Connell takes a look at the new grammar, punctuation and spelling test and some of the criticism it has received


Teaching effective, high quality sport

How can school leaders support their teachers to lead PE effectively and to ensure that their pupils experience high quality PE? Headteacher Tom Donohoe offers his strategies and advice


Handling requests for flexible working

What are the legal and practical considerations for primary school headteachers when considering requests for flexible working? Employment law expert Vanessa Latham explains


Curriculum innovation

Getting creative with your school's curriculum need not be a risky enterprise. Nick Bannister speaks to headteachers and experts about how to develop an innovative curriculum that focuses on both knowledge and skills


BESD: What's in a name?

How do we define our pupils with emotional, behavioural and social needs? Suzanne O’Connell looks at how useful the BESD category is and whether abandoning it might improve children's life chances


Doing it for the money?

From September the new School Teachers’ Appraisal Regulations will come into effect in England. With Ofsted’s interest in performance management, has the time for a new system of rewarding teachers arrived?


Education in Wonderland

A frustrated Sir Tim Brighouse calls for the powers that be to recognise the importance of effective CPD


Academies: Where does the buck stop?

The academies programme has reached primary education, but under this new system, who is responsible for our schools and what happens when things go wrong? We look at an increasingly confusing view of accountability



Autism training

The first national autism training programme for schools is offering free CPD for a range of education professionals. Steve Huggett explains


Lessons from Finland

Finnish education is considered the best in the world. Pete Henshaw looks at the five key ideals that have guided Finland’s schools

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