Leadership and Policy


Creating pupils who take responsibility for their own learning

Creating responsible children and encouraging your students to begin to take responsibility for their own learning is an admirable ambition for every school. Fiona Aubrey-Smith draws on some examples of good practice to offer advice, ideas and guidance


Diary of a parent: The vital role of PSHE

After seeing how girls can be treated by boys, even at primary school, our parent diarist is adamant that PSHE and sex and relationships education must be on the curriculum for all pupils


A helping hand for school leaders

Where can school leaders, especially those who are new to the role, turn to for support? Dr Glenys Hart and Christine Pollitt consider the range of options


A smooth transition into the early years

Pupils’ transition into the early years of primary school can be daunting. Drawing on practice she has seen across the country, Fiona Aubrey-Smith offers some practical advice and ideas to help ensure your youngest pupils get the best possible welcome


Reviewing your Anti-Bullying Policy

What does your anti-bullying policy say about your school? As Anti-Bullying Week approaches, Lauren Seager-Smith looks at the key ingredients of an effective policy


Raising expectations; boosting progress

Rosebrook Primary was determined to narrow the attainment gap for all the children in school by focusing on strengthening the middle leadership team and improving teaching quality across all year groups. Deputy headteacher Amy Blackburn led on this work


Embracing risk and danger in schools

Schools are too often blaming health and safety for not being able to take risks with activities for pupils. Headteacher Mike Fairclough says the time has come to stop making excuses...


We value pupil wellbeing – but what about our staff?

Pupil wellbeing is high on many schools’ agendas, but what about our staff? Mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some simple steps to tackle challenges to mental health and promote staff wellbeing in your school


Leadership wellbeing: It’s good to talk

With huge pressure on today’s school leaders, Julian Stanley from the charity Education Support Partnership discusses two of their programmes offering wellbeing and mental health support



The Research Mark journey

Headteacher Update is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Here, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how this initiative and other resources from the NFER can help schools on their research journey


KISS: Rules of engagement

The management technique Keep-Improve-Start-Stop – or KISS – can be used as an effective leadership tool to deliver powerful results, says Howard Jackson. He explains how it might work in an education setting


Governors: Finding the right skill-set

There are a number of initiatives out there to help schools source governors from the world of business to boost the skill-set of their governing body. David Rowsell explains


Diary of a Parent: Rewards? Or bribery?

Using rewards (or bribery) is seemingly a necessary part of raising and educating a child, but do we rely on this approach too much? Our parent diarist reflects on the impact on her own child


Working in partnership with secondary schools

Last edition, Matt Bromley introduced the five 'bridges' of school life that are key to the year 6 to 7 transition process. He now focuses on how we can work effectively with secondary colleagues on issues such as pupil data and the curriculum


The Standard for Teachers’ CPD

A new DfE Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development has been published. Chair of the independent group of experts who put the document together, David Weston, looks at what it means for schools and teachers’ CPD


Academisation: To change, or not to change?

Recent research into primary academisation, led by the NFER, has looked at whether academy conversion has a notable impact on pupil outcomes. Jack Worth looks at the findings



Working together for a smooth transition

In the first of two articles on transition, Matt Bromley looks at the five bridges of school life that we must focus on if pupils are to make a successful journey from year 6 to 7


Case study: Collaboration and community

Community cohesion is a vital part of the work of primary schools, especially in light of the increasing tensions since the EU referendum result. Headteacher Laura McPhee explains some of the key approaches and strategies employed at her inner city school


Achieving outstanding early years provision

By the time the children at Eastfield Primary Academy leave Reception they are well prepared for year 1. However, the children enter the nursery school below their expected level of development. So, how does the school achieve this level of progress? Suzanne O’Connell found out


Engaging parents with PSHE

PSHE covers a range of issues that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children and, as such, the involvement and support of parents is key. Jan Lever discusses how teachers can work with parents and carers to boost PSHE programmes



Some practical ideas for the year ahead

September is a great time to go back to basics and re-energise your school development work. Using a range of practical examples, Fiona Aubrey-Smith challenges you to revisit and reflect upon some vital areas of your school’s work

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