Legislation and guidance

More depth and detail: The new safeguarding guidance

Local Safeguarding Children Boards may be on their way out but schools will still be on the frontline when it comes to child protection. Suzanne O’Connell outlines the major changes and implications for schools of the new Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance


GDPR: How to support your data protection officer

The General Data Protection Regulation is now in effect and all schools must have a data protection officer in position. Beth Walton looks at how schools must now support their DPO to carry out their duties effectively


Safeguarding: What are the early signs of abuse or neglect?

Most schools are clear about those signs of abuse and neglect that should lead to a referral. But what about the first warning signs that something needs further investigation? NICE has released draft guidance to help schools and other services know what these are. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look


Is your governing body up to the challenge?

After the release of the DfE’s new competency framework for governance, Rosemary Hill looks at how governing boards can prepare themselves to meet the increasing challenges of the role...


Staying compliant

What do you really have to do to stay compliant this year? Do you know the real requirements from the myths? Marianne Pope puts some commonly (mis)understood expectations to the test


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


Primary schools selecting by stealth

With more schools becoming their own admission authorities there are increasing concerns about the complexity and exclusivity that the new system is creating – with one report suggesting that more than 1,500 primaries are now highly socially selective. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the evidence



The White Paper: ‘There’s no reverse gear’

You won’t have missed the publication of the latest education White Paper, Education Excellence Everywhere. It sets the seal on what’s been rolled out over the past six years and what’s in store for the coming five. Suzanne O’Connell outlines 10 of its strongest themes


Staff wellbeing and mental health

Brian Taylor looks at new recommendations from NICE about the mental health and wellbeing of your staff and discusses how Employee Assistance Programmes may be able to help



A challenging year ahead for school food

On top of the challenge of expanding free school meals to all key stage 1 children, schools now face new school food standards in January. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the challenges ahead for school food.


Saying goodbye to levels

Will Millard explores some of the new approaches schools are devising to replace curriculum levels


Term-time absence

How are the tighter rules surrounding parents pulling their children out of class for holidays and other events affecting schools? Amy Cook takes a look.


Preparing for SEN reform

As a new SEN and disability Code of Practice awaits publication, Jane Friswell summarises the challenges facing schools as the special needs sector undergoes major reform.


Teacher training: Growing your own

The government’s School Direct teacher training scheme will train more than 15,000 teachers next year. Headteacher Tom Donohoe explains why his school has embraced the approach.


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

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