School Workforce


Making their mark

The badge of ‘research-engaged school’ is appealing recognition for a school’s achievements in research, but what does it mean in practice? Caroline Fisher looks one school’s evidence for the NFER Research Mark.


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.


Pensions: Avoiding the LTA

Yet more changes are afoot when it comes to your pensions. The latest cuts to the lifetime allowance could affect more teachers than you’d think. Expert David Downie explains.


In it together – running a Teaching School Alliance

What is it like to run a Teaching School Alliance? Marie-Claire Bretherton describes the opportunities that working as part of a 27-strong Teaching School Alliance has presented and some of the challenges they have faced.



Introducing a staff coaching programme

Faced with a decline in teaching standards and low staff morale, deputy head Pauline Hughes instigated a coaching programme to help staff develop and share best practice across their school.


Recruiting from abroad

While teachers trained overseas can contribute a great deal to your school team, the process of recruiting them can seem daunting. Lynne Hannigan offers her advice.


The Education Show returns for 2014

Many primary school professionals head off to Birmingham in mid-March to attend the Education Show. We preview this year’s event which offers a variety of CPD and best practice seminars alongside the show exhibition.


SEN and action research

It takes a special kind of insight to meet some pupils’ unique and complex needs. Sarah Fleming reports on one school that has boosted their expertise through action research.


KidsMeet: When the pupils take over!

You’ve heard of a TeachMeet – now we have KidsMeet! Matt Brooks shares his experience of hosting a day of exchanging ideas and inspiration across seven schools. The best part? It’s the pupils doing the presentations – and providing the inspiration


Avoiding the pitfalls of performance pay

Schools are getting to grips this term with the new system of performance-related pay. Employment lawyer Amanda Lyons looks at common pitfalls that new pay systems must avoid.



Performance-related pay – two months in

What ever you think about the merits of performance-related pay, it has arrived in our classrooms. Suzanne O’Connell looks at how the early stages of implementation are working out in practice



Transforming the quality of teaching

Two headteachers speak to Fiona Aubrey-Smith about how the use of the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme after an Ofsted inspection has helped them to sustainably improve the quality of teaching


Transforming the quality of teaching

Two headteachers speak to Fiona Aubrey-Smith about how the use of the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme after an Ofsted inspection has helped them to sustainably improve the quality of teaching




Team motivation: Hitting the ground running in September

Today, team motivation is seen as a key responsibility of modern headship, and it is especially important that as the new school year begins the whole-school team hits the ground running. Nick Bannister looks at the experiences of one primary headteacher



Ask Brenda – Front-of-house efficiency

I have just started at a new school and am concerned about how I get best practice in the office. The staff are lovely but they need advice so that they are the best possible “first point of contact” for the school. How best can I approach this?


Planning for performance-related pay

Revised pay and conditions arrangements, including plans for performance-related pay, come into force from September 1. They represent a huge change for our schools. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the implications for schools


Despatches from Birmingham

From inspection survival advice to the curriculum and dyslexia, seasoned Education Show delegate Sal McKeown offers her highlights from last month’s event at Birmingham’s NEC


Oracy – teaching your pupils to talk

Schools can make great strides in tackling underachievement by improving pupils’ spoken language skills across the curriculum. Jean Gross, the former government Communication Champion for children, reports on some of the great practice she has seen

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