Leadership and Policy


A CPD plan for the new year

As 2018 gets underway, Maria Cunningham offers school leaders some new year’s resolutions to help you ensure that your staff’s CPD is effective and high-impact for the months ahead


Seven good sources for school fundraising

With school budgets under huge pressure and little respite on the horizon, fundraising has never been more important. Brin Best gives us an overview of some external funding sources available to schools


Are you ready for GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect on May 25. Steve Baines discusses how schools can prepare


Three major challenges for 2018

As the new year begins, what changes do you need to prepare for? Richard Skipper discusses three major challenges waiting for us in 2018



A governance skills audit

The importance of a skills audit in securing the governors that your school needs should not be underestimated. Ian Armitage advises



Devising an effective fundraising strategy

A carefully thought-out fundraising strategy that links closely with your school improvement plan could be considered an essential for modern schools. Expert Brin Best discusses how to devise an effective fundraising strategy for your school


SEN: It’s goodbye to P scales

They were never flawless, but P scales have become the accepted currency of SEN attainment. Now they are set to go, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what’s replacing them and what schools think about it


Are schools on the brink of a financial crisis?

The results of the second consultation are out. But the proposed new funding formula is only part of the problem. Suzanne O’Connell looks at how school leaders responded and what some of the key factors are in the plans for the future funding of our schools


Governance: The trends, tensions and opportunities

A recent RSA report into school governance has dissected the ‘trends, tensions and opportunities’ within the current system. Drawing on the conclusions, Ian Armitage discusses six issues of relevance to senior leadership teams


Case study: Engaging disadvantaged families

An initiative at Catton Grove Primary School is opening up the countryside for its disadvantaged children while also engaging parents with life-skills courses. Emma Lee-Potter finds out more


Leadership with creativity

Creativity shouldn’t just be reserved for the classroom, it is an attitude and an approach that can permeate every aspect of school leadership, says Liam Donnison


Mid-year transitions: Supporting new arrivals

How do you welcome children who join your school mid-way through the school year or mid-way through their primary education? Fiona Aubrey-Smith looks at some of the simple strategies that schools use to help children settle in to already established classes and year groups



Early Help – getting it right

Early intervention is crucial if we are to give pupils the best chances of success. Ann Marie Christian offers her practical strategies and advice on creating and managing an effective early help programme



Effective teacher review and appraisal practices

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document applies to all maintained schools and the majority of academies. In this article Brian Rossiter shares good appraisal practice as part of the Professional Development Review cycle and performance-related pay


Supporting new starters with EAL

As another new school year gets underway, how can you more effectively support new arrivals who might not speak English at home? Beth Walton looks at five key steps to giving good all-round support





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

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