Leadership and Policy

Lessons about community cohesion

Five years ago, a terrorist incident tested the strength of one primary school’s diverse community. Dr David Dixon discusses how his school’s focus on cohesion helped them to withstand the events of 2013 and remain united...


Making the most of assessment data

Collecting assessment data is easy – but with so much data available, collecting the right information and ensuring you are using it effectively to support pupils’ learning can be more difficult. Emily Jones explains


More depth and detail: The new safeguarding guidance

Local Safeguarding Children Boards may be on their way out but schools will still be on the frontline when it comes to child protection. Suzanne O’Connell outlines the major changes and implications for schools of the new Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance


Supporting your EAL learners

In a new series focused on supporting pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), Nic Kidston and Katherine Solomon discuss how schools can learn more about who their EAL learners are and how they can be empowered and supported to fulfil their potential


Baseline Assessment: Where it will end?

Despite past failures, the DfE is still convinced that the best measure for pupil progress must begin in Reception. But with a long implementation timeframe, fierce opposition and unions threatening to boycott, the story is not finished...



Learning environments: Finding the Catch Zone...

How effective is your school’s learning environment? How do you organise your classroom and school displays for maximum impact on learning? Fiona Aubrey-Smith discusses the secrets to success and introduces the Catch Zone...


GDPR: How to support your data protection officer

The General Data Protection Regulation is now in effect and all schools must have a data protection officer in position. Beth Walton looks at how schools must now support their DPO to carry out their duties effectively


School improvement: Advice from the top...

Experienced school leaders are contributing their advice on school improvement to the new look National Professional Qualifications. Liam Donnison gives us some examples...


Avoiding financial scams

Financial scams, including bank mandate fraud, often target schools and staff need to be aware of what to look out for. Dave Verma advises



Children missing education: It’s time to track the vulnerable

Schools are expected to follow up every absence, and yet there are thousands of children who have nobody checking up on them at all. The issue of children missing education is difficult to tackle, so what can be done to protect the vulnerable? Suzanne O’Connell reports


Case study: From good to outstanding

After a recent inspection, Sugar Hill Primary converted from a good school to outstanding across all categories. Emma Lee-Potter finds out what secrets lie behind the school’s success



Securing funds from businesses

Continuing his recent series of fundraising advice articles, Brin Best looks at how schools should engage with business – both locally and further afield – in order to raise funds and attract other support



Case study: Getting creative in Morecambe

Morecambe Bay Community Primary School focuses on making the curriculum come alive. Suzanne O’Connell speaks to headteacher Siobhan Collingwood about how they are encouraging creativity while battling against some harsh environmental factors


Leading a primary multi-academy trust

The role of executive headteacher is a relatively new one and as such we are still discovering the secrets to successful MAT leadership. Kevin Simpson tells Liam Donnison how he and his team forged a successful MAT


Are you aware of fraud?

Figures suggest that discovered fraud in the schools sector was in the region of £1 million last year. Expert Dave Verma offers eight easy steps schools can take to lower the risks





The battle to take back control of the curriculum

With the momentum growing behind evidence and research-based teaching practice, arguments to give back control of the curriculum to the profession are becoming louder – led, perhaps surprisingly, by Ofsted’s chief inspector...


Effective fundraising applications

The secret to fundraising success can often come down to writing and compiling effective applications. Brin Best offers nine steps to planning and writing successful funding applications


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

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