Leadership and Policy





Spotting and tackling child sexual exploitation

Spotting potential child sexual exploitation is a key part of safeguarding work. Suzanne O’Connell provides a summary of what CSE refers to, how you and your staff might identify it, and what positive actions a primary school can take



Shared Education: A strong partnership

Catholic Mount St Michael’s and the controlled Randalstown Central Primary School have been working in partnership for 14 years, proving that the shared education movement in Northern Ireland can work. Fergus Cooper spoke to the schools’ principals about the partnership


ID verification in schools

ID verification for safer recruitment and to prevent other criminal activities is an essential responsibility in schools. Dave Verma offers some quick advice


School Profile: Opportunities for all…

Last November, Christ Church CE School was judged outstanding across all areas. Emma Lee-Potter looks at the school’s vision and values, the key aspects of their practice and their advice regarding Ofsted inspection



Coaching: More than just a queue of questions

Investing more time in coaching approaches to professional development could pay dividends for your schools, says assistant principal Laura Mackay. She offers some tenets of good practice


Parental participation and pupil outcomes

The importance of parental participation in primary education is clear, especially for those considered ‘hard-to-reach’. Yet how much of a priority does your school give to this agenda? Donna Chambers reports on her research into engaging with parents and the links to pupil outcomes


Making the most of your learning spaces

Cuddington Croft Primary has been working to make better use of the potential learning spaces around the school. Deputy head Alice Cunningham outlines the action research they undertook and how they developed their design for new learning environments


Case study: The power of coaching

Having both experienced significant challenges within their early days of headship, Louise Gohr and Helen Morris first connected through the power of coaching and spotted an opportunity to lead their schools using this life-changing approach


EAL: Supporting new arrivals in your primary school

Many primary schools will have new arrivals this September who have English as an additional language. Continuing our series on EAL, Emma Parsons recommends effective induction procedures, an EAL assessment tool, and differentiation strategies and resources for use in the classroom



Taking the long view of school leadership

Awakening the talents of the senior leadership team will unlock the long-term success of primary schools. Former primary executive headteacher Vin Osbaldeston speaks to Liam Donnison


Priority areas for your first weeks as headteacher

Are you embarking on your first term as a headteacher? National Leader of Education, Helen Frostick urges you to seek the support of an effective mentor and lists some of the areas you should focus on in the first weeks of your tenure...




Parental engagement: Building strong relations

A positive home-school relationship is an important part of helping your new pupils to settle in. The ethos and practice you establish now will be what your parents will come to expect. Suzanne O’Connell identifies some ways of getting these partnerships off to a good start in the new school year


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...

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