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Financial turmoil forecast for schools

The DfE has set out more detail of its plans for a fairer funding system. But with no new money, there will be winners and losers. Meanwhile, schools are facing increasing costs and real-terms reductions in per-pupil funding




Literacy, oracy and language with Shakespeare

Robinsfield Primary School has been delivering Shakespeare to its five and six-year-old pupils with a specific focus on literacy, oracy and language. Headteacher Naomi Leaver explains how they approach this work


The mental health crisis

Headteachers are reporting a rise in mental health needs among children. Yet, the resources to help support them seem to be lacking. Is the government right to put the emphasis back on to schools? Suzanne O’Connell reports


Enlivening your approach to languages education

It can be difficult for primary schools to maintain their commitment to teaching modern foreign languages. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the challenges for schools and some ideas for enlivening approaches to language learning


Staff wellbeing: More than a ‘nice to have’

We all recognise the importance of wellbeing for both staff and pupils. Julian Stanley discusses the six danger areas for staff wellbeing and suggests engaging with your staff to ensure good wellbeing in your school


Pastoral support: Emotion coaching

Emotion coaching is a concept that could help schools to better support students’ social, emotional and mental health. Educational psychologists Licette Gus and Dr Laura Meldrum-Carter explain


Wellbeing and life-skills

What first steps can primary heads take to set up a strategy that will help pupils develop the wellbeing and life-skills they need for success? Colin McLean shares some advice


Education on show at the NEC

This year’s Education Show takes place from March 16 to 18. We preview the free event, with a look at some of the CPD, exhibitors and other attractions


Barriers to a growth mindset

Over the last few months, Ross McWilliam has been looking at adopting growth mindset approaches, particularly for key stage 2 pupils. In this final article in the series, he considers some of the barriers to this way of teaching



Challenging schools: Five recurring themes

Every school is different and must tackle its challenges in a way to suit its own circumstances. However, Daniel Sobel has seen some generally recurring themes in schools that could be classed as ‘vulnerable’ or ‘challenging’


Case study: Improving attainment in year 4

In a bid to bridge the gap between years 2 and 6, school leader Ciara Murphy focused on outcomes in year 4, implementing four key strategies to improve attainment in reading and writing


Ideas and strategies to engage reluctant readers

Reluctant readers in their final years of primary education are in danger of entering adult life functionally illiterate – with all the risks that this brings. Georgina Jones looks at what parents can do and offers teachers some ideas for use in class


SEND reforms: Still no real culture change

It is now more than two years since schools were required to implement the new SEND Code of Practice. Now the Scott Report and local authority inspections have thrown more light on current practice. Are the changes really delivering for our SEND children?


What are the next steps for primary assessment?

Could it be the calm after the storm? 2016 was not an easy year for assessment co-ordinators and their schools. Now Justine Greening offers reassurance that 2017 will be better. But will it? Suzanne O’Connell reports


Staying compliant

What do you really have to do to stay compliant this year? Do you know the real requirements from the myths? Marianne Pope puts some commonly (mis)understood expectations to the test


Which type of headteacher are you?

Theories about leadership types are nothing new. However, a new piece of research has identified specific leadership types and how they relate to factors such as pupil outcomes and even the amount you earn. Suzanne O’Connell asked some headteachers where they would place themselves



Planning a new SEND building

Developing new facilities and buildings to cater for pupils with SEN and disabilities can be a challenge for schools. Gareth Barber discusses the requirements, offers expert advice, and looks at a case study of one school’s building project


The growth mindset in key stage 2: Part 3

In the third part of his four-part series on growth mindset approaches to teaching in key stage 2, Ross McWilliam looks at whole-school strategies to involve pupils, staff and your parents


Safeguarding and the law

From radicalisation to female genital mutilation, are your staff up-to-date on their safeguarding duties and will they know what to do if they suspect abuse? Safeguarding specialist Sam Preston offers her advice


Middle leaders: Great teaching and CPD

?Middle leaders now have a key role in developing great teaching across their teams, which of course involves securing effective CPD – but what are the best ways to achieve this? Bridget Clay advises


Why you should let your year 6 pupils play!

Play can be an important outlet for children, but by the time they reach key stage 2 it has often all but stopped. Play therapist Shahana Knight argues the importance of play in all year groups, especially year 6

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