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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




Is a professional learning culture possible?

How can we give every professional in our schools a stake in school improvement. This was the topic under discussion at a recent education roundtable debate. Keith Wright reports.


The Education Show 2015

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The Education Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham from March 19 to 21 with a range of CPD, workshops and exhibitors on offer. We look at some of the highlights


What would a College of Teaching mean for you?

A proposal for the start-up of a new College of Teaching has been published by a coalition of organisations. What is it all about and why is it so important that you and your staff start thinking about it now? Claire Dockar explains


What makes an inspiring teacher?

A research project has observed a group of teachers identified by their school leaders as ‘inspirational’ in a bid to discover what it is that makes an inspiring teacher. Tony McAleavy looks at some of the common traits that emerged


The definitive guide to great teaching?

The review What Makes Great Teaching? brings together evidence to guide practitioners. But should this review of research lead to a revolution in practice? Suzanne O’Connell takes a look at the study and speaks to schools with outstanding teaching


Meeting the Workload Challenge

The government’s consultation on teacher workload has ended with an estimated 40,000 teachers responding to the call for evidence. While we wait for the Department for Education’s conclusions, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what methods headteachers are using to reduce the load for their staff.


Advice for tackling workload

Keren Prior offers some tips on how to improve teacher and school leader wellbeing as well as also tackle workload issues


What is your research goal?

When it comes to deciding what research evidence to use in the classroom, what really matters is the goal of the research not who produces it, argues Dr Julie Nelson


A new approach to keeping your teachers

A new approach to coaching and mentoring, including assigning Career Champions for every NQT, could provide the answer to the growing challenge of teachers leaving the profession. Executive headteacher Chris Wheatley explains.


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.


Professional learning

The expertise is within our primary schools, but how can we encourage all teachers to share their best practice? Fiona Aubrey-Smith asks some challenging questions and offers some ideas



Aiming for the top job

In September, Emma Williams will embark on her first headship. Here, she describes her leadership journey – the challenges she has faced and the skills she has learnt along the way – and offers encouragement and advice to other would-be headteachers



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.

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