School Workforce

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






Maximising the impact of teaching assistants

Charged with transforming the impact of her school's large team of teaching assistants, Louisa Roberts focused on enhancing CPD, revising appraisals, and clarifying their roles…


Supporting languages education in Scotland

Scotland’s National Centre for Languages works to develop and improve the learning and teaching of languages. Petra McLay describes some of the support on offer to languages teachers in Scotland


The risks of social networking

Social media has brought a new way of communicating into our schools. It has also brought a risk of us sharing too much. Suzanne O'Connell seeks expert advice for school leaders


Ensuring your school's CPD is effective

Ensuring your CPD strategies are effective and make a difference is vital. Sarah Coskeran offers some practical advice for evaluating the impact of three common types of CPD


Deploying your teaching assistants effectively

There was a time when the teaching assistant was just a teacher's helper. Now so much more is expected from this professional role. Suzanne O'Connell finds out about emerging best practice and the advice schools are being given


Research Mark: Supporting the research journey

Headteacher Update supports the principle of schools engaging with research to inform their initiatives, which is why we support the NFER Research Mark. Ed Cuffe-Adams speaks to two schools at different stages on their research journey


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