School Workforce

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



Four steps to developing teaching excellence

Good teaching is vital for improving pupil outcomes, so how can you ensure your teachers are supported to be their best. Emma Espin sets out four practical strategies for unleashing excellence in teaching


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


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


Recruiting the perfect SENCO for your school

Schools are finding it hard to recruit successful SENCOs. Daniel Sobel believes this is down to the changing requirements of this broad and vital position. He looks at the modern SENCO role and advises on recruiting effectively



Protecting your staff’s wellbeing

We are all rightly concerned with the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils – but what about the staff? John Dabell discusses why staff wellbeing should be top of your agenda and offers some quick ideas


CPD: A shift in approach

Ahead of the publication of the government’s new CPD standards, David Weston looks at shifting our thinking on professional development to ensure a more appropriate approach for schools in 2016


Keeping teachers’ workload down

Simplicity is the key to minimising the workload pressure keenly felt by teachers, says executive headteacher Jane Girle. She discusses how she is addressing the issue at her school


Case study: Research in practice

Headteacher Update is a supporter of the Research Mark accreditation. Dorothy Lepkowska reports from Eglinton Primary about how research is defining their practice


CPD: Creating the right culture

How can schools create a culture to enable their staff to excel? David Weston considers six strategies to achieve great staff motivation and development



Starting your first headship

Establishing yourself as a new headteacher is a daunting task. Colin McLean asks primary head Steph Gaskell to share her personal perspectives on how to handle this challenge effectively



Leadership succession: Give us a ‘Heads Up’

A report from the Future Leaders Trust has identified some of the key barriers that are stopping talented leaders from stepping up to headship, including the poor reputation of the role. Heath Monk issues a call to action


Research and evidence in the classroom

The number of schools embracing teacher-led, action research is growing. Gareth Mills explores why there is a growing enthusiasm from teachers for an evidence-informed education system and looks at some examples from schools already adopting this approach


Leading exceptional teacher development

What does exceptional CPD look like and how can school leaders ensure they achieve this for their teachers? David Weston looks at the research and some examples of best practice


Recruitment and retention: Where have all the teachers gone?

The Department for Education tells us teacher recruitment is a challenge, unions describe it as being in crisis. Healthy ITT figures are being circulated and yet primary headteachers tell Headteacher Update that they are struggling to find the staff. Just what is happening to the teacher workforce?



Supporting teaching staff who are struggling

Most headteachers will have to tackle underperformance at some point. Sonia Gill advises on the techniques and approaches that are likely to be successful for the teacher and the school.


CPD at Bett 2016

The world’s biggest educational technology show – Bett – takes place later this month in London. It offers a wealth of CPD seminars and presentations. We preview three of the sessions on offer



The Association of Character Education

Character education, as it has come to be known, is a key policy for the government and a key priority for schools. Among the recent developments has been the launch of new subject association for this area called ACE. Dr Tom Harrison explains


Embedding classroom research

Headteacher Update is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how classroom research helped one school to bounce back from a poor Ofsted result

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