Leadership and Policy

Academy status – to be or not to be?

Whether or not to convert to an academy is one of the fundamental questions facing primary leaders across the country today. Nick Bannister speaks to three heads about the factors that made them go for, or reject, academy status


What does the Equality Act mean for schools?

The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of legislation and should make it easier for school leaders and governors to understand their legal responsibilities and tackle inequalities in education. Bill Bolloten explains


Forced conversion puts leaders under threat

As primary schools are being targeted for forced academy status, many headteachers are not being given the benefit of the doubt. Headteacher Update investigates the story behind the conversion statistics


Data protection – legal advice for schools

A survey of 1,000 schools has found that around half have inadequate policies on data protection and security. Expert Ros Foster looks at the challenges facing schools and the need for many to update their policies and practices on managing data



Careers education for primary pupils

It is becoming more common for primary schools to focus on pupils’ career aspirations and to begin preparing them for the world of work. Suzanne O’Connell reports




Removing barriers for BME pupils

Are schools doing enough to meet the needs of their increasingly diverse population? Linda Tanner reports on programmes that have been proven to make the difference for Black and minority ethnic children


Tackling homophobic bullying

In 2009, 75 per cent of pupils at Alfred Salter Primary School were hearing homophobic language on a daily basis. Now, the school is to become the only primary in the country offering training days to support school staff in tackling homophobic bullying.


Creative thinking

Gareth Mills looks at how engaging teachers in research to inform best practice can unleash untapped creativity and bring about sustainable improvement in schools


Working together

The government’s stated aim is to give schools more autonomy. Paul Bennett from the National College discusses how focused and sustainable collaborative working could be the key to making the most of increased freedoms


Homework: To set or not to set...

While one union has branded homework a waste of time, many others argue the benefits. With government guidelines scrapped, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the pros and cons of setting homework


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

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