Leadership and Policy

Working with your parents

Nick Bannister reviews some recent research and talks to primary leaders about how schools can take their parental engagement to the next level


Handling requests for flexible working

What are the legal and practical considerations for primary school headteachers when considering requests for flexible working? Employment law expert Vanessa Latham explains


Academies: Where does the buck stop?

The academies programme has reached primary education, but under this new system, who is responsible for our schools and what happens when things go wrong? We look at an increasingly confusing view of accountability



Lessons from Finland

Finnish education is considered the best in the world. Pete Henshaw looks at the five key ideals that have guided Finland’s schools


Partnerships: Crossing the road

Anthony David, headteacher of a small one-form entry school, explains how he has forged a strong and fruitful partnership with a neighbouring private school


Data for self-evaluation

Claire Easton looks at the importance of gathering evidence to help self-evaluation and school improvement and offers best practice guidance


Teaching Schools – The primary pioneers

Teaching Schools were trumpeted as a major step forward in CPD for teachers and leaders when launched last autumn. Eight months on, Nick Bannister talks to two primary heads who are running two of the first primary Teaching Schools


Asbestos: Manage or remove?

Three-quarters of all schools are thought to contain asbestos but opinion is split on whether removal or management is the best policy. Specialist Ian Guest offers some advice


London: leading the way

The London Leadership Strategy – born out of the London Challenge – is working to spread best practice across the capital and beyond. Dorothy Lepkowska explains


Asbestos: A hidden killer

Eleven years ago, Michael Lees lost his wife, a teacher, to the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma. He is fighting for special guidance and regulations to govern asbestos management in schools. Here he presents his case


Government-funded, privately provided

With government-funded, privately provided schools a growing feature of education systems around the world, the CfBT Education Trust has carried out research into what works and why. Oli de Botton explains


Choosing the right path

These are times of great fluidity for primary schools. For some heads, change represents opportunity; for others it is a cause of unease and confusion. Anne Evans, chief executive of leadership charity HTI, discusses the choices available to heads


A project to be proud of

In the March edition of Headteacher Update, Tom Donohoe described his school’s attempt to raise money for a new music, dance and drama room. Here, he tells us what they did next and talks us through the highs and lows of the project


An inspirational year

When Tom Donohoe, headteacher of Anton Junior School in Hampshire, came up with the idea of raising funds for a new music, dance and drama room, people said he was mad. Eighteen months on and they have smashed their target of £150,000.


Reaching all parents

Getting parents involved has always been a priority at Easington Colliery Primary School. Headteacher Harry Weightman recently took this a step further by publishing pupil information online via their parent portal.


Keeping schools secure

School security is a vital issue for leadership teams to consider. Emma Lee-Potter finds out that it is all about striking the right balance


A passion for learning

Robin Hood Junior and Infant School, a primary school in Birmingham, has been supporting children using negotiated learning concepts. Headteacher, Richard Hunter, explains a little more about the programme


Deciphering data protection laws

Is your school meeting its obligations under the Data Protection Act? Law expert Paula Williamson looks at the new tougher penalties for breaching data protection law and what schools need to do to get compliant

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