Leadership and Policy

Brindishe Schools: The power of three...

A tour of a family of three Ofsted outstanding schools in London uncovers some of their secrets to success, including a curriculum tailored to cater for diverse communities. Fiona Aubrey-Smith explains

Setting up a PTA

Headteacher David Barnett offers some advice on how to successfully introduce a Parent Teacher Association to your school community

A framework for strategic school governance

Setting a school’s strategic direction is a core function of the governing body, but it can be challenging. Ellie Howarth explains the elements of effective strategic governance detailed in a new resource

British values: What are England's schools doing?

British values are nothing new – this is the message Headteacher Update is hearing from headteachers. Call it community cohesion, SMSC or religious education, most primary schools are already teaching British values. Now they must make sure inspectors see it too.

The Education Show 2015


The Education Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham from March 19 to 21 with a range of CPD, workshops and exhibitors on offer. We look at some of the highlights

Funding for school buildings

Finding the money to repair and maintain your school buildings is a major headache for school leaders. Kate Gilliford looks at some possible funding streams

A General Election wish-list

With the General Election looming ever closer, Nick Bannister asked three primary headteachers what policy commitments they want to see from the main political parties

Finding the balance with homework

Too much? Too little? And is it really worth it in the end? The debate surrounding homework continues amid concerns that it exacerbates disadvantage. Suzanne O’Connell asks schools about their policies

Family Homework Project: Learning together

The Family Homework project, run by five primary schools in London, has proved successful at engaging parents and encouraging families to work and learn together. Jon Swain and JD Carpentieri explain more

NFER Research Insights 2015

Headteacher Update's Research Insights articles, published in conjunction with the NFER, offer in-depth, evidence based advice, guidance and best practice covering a wide range of areas relevant to primary school leadership and education. Download the latest articles from 2015 and 2014 for free ...

Meeting the Workload Challenge

The government’s consultation on teacher workload has ended with an estimated 40,000 teachers responding to the call for evidence. While we wait for the Department for Education’s conclusions, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what methods headteachers are using to reduce the load for their staff.

Snow: To close or not to close

What procedure do you use to ensure that the community works together when the school has to be closed due to bad weather?

Advice for tackling workload

Keren Prior offers some tips on how to improve teacher and school leader wellbeing as well as also tackle workload issues

Data: When the inspector calls

When Ofsted inspection looms, results and data can be make or break for schools. However, the removal of levels has left schools trying to find a new way to assess student attainment and demonstrate school improvement. Chris Smith offers some advice

Some successful whole-school strategies

Collaboration and sharing ideas between schools is crucial. Fiona Aubrey-Smith reports from schools where strategies focused on behaviour, learning styles, and outdoor learning have proved successful

Headship: Handling the pressure...

Former headteacher John Viner discusses what school leaders can do to protect ourselves more effectively from the pressures and stress of the job

Leadership: How to earn respect and influence staff

A distinct challenge of early headship, especially in schools requiring improvement, is winning the respect and loyalty of your colleagues. Nick Bannister asks a group of headteachers to share their staff management and leadership advice

Embracing new technologies

How might schools embrace technology in the classroom while ensuring the focus remains on effective teaching and learning and pupil achievement? Headteacher Ben Evans offers some advice from his school’s experience.

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