Editorial Comment

Headteacher Updates' editorial comment articles bring you the latest industry expert and editorial points of view on primary education.

Funding is tight, but please don’t cut CPD...

The funding crisis in education risks creating barriers to CPD as schools are forced to cut costs. Paul Whiteman urges headteachers to resist any temptation to cut back on staff training and CPD


Exclusion: Falling into the gaps?

The renewed focus on issues of school exclusion and off-rolling is welcome. Anna Feuchtwang says that the time has come for schools and policy-makers to reflect on why the exclusions system seems to be going off the rails...


‘It is not just what the law says, it is the right thing to do’

The angry and intimidating protests in Birmingham against primary schools running the No Outsiders programme and teaching equal rights are deeply concerning. Paul Whiteman reminds us that every school has a duty to eliminate discrimination and sends a message to protestors, schools and ministers...


Make time for wellbeing

Strong and positive leadership is at the heart of whole-school wellbeing, enabling staff to handle the pressure of the job, says Richard Faulkner



A SEND crisis is unfolding...

There is a crisis in supporting children with SEND. The funding that schools receive is simply inadequate to meet the increasing levels of need, says Paul Whiteman




Send My Friend to School

The UK has a key role to play in the fight to unlock education for the 262 million children who remain out-of-school, says Kevin Courtney


An end to sexual harassment

Over the past months, revelations about sexual harassment in the workplace have shocked society and sparked a movement for change. Unfortunately the classroom is not immune from incidents of harassment, says Chris Keates


The SEND funding gap

Funding for children with complex SEN has risen eight per cent since 2015/16, but still lags behind the 33 per cent increase in children with EHCPs or Statements. More must be done says Dr Mary Bousted


Funding, inspection and statistics...

It is hard to know what 2019 will bring. Continued challenge and change is perhaps the only thing we can bank on. Paul Whiteman looks ahead to 2019, but you won’t find him making any predictions...


Research-engaged schools: Barriers & solutions

We have a wealth of high-quality educational research available in this country, yet clear barriers remain for teachers and others wanting to make use of this. Harriet Barnes and Dr Rosalind Mist explain


No more low-trust schools

Too many teachers feel that they are not valued for the work they do and too many schools operate a low-trust environment


A betrayal of childhood

What would an alien from Mars with no vested or financial interest say about British education on arriving here? Former children’s commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green tackles this question in his new book



Our child poverty shame

The government is not short on rhetoric over social mobility and child poverty, but the reality in Britain today is very different, says Kevin Courtney


The political pendulum

Enough is enough. We need a new era of big thinking from policy-makers rather than mechanistic reforms of structures and accountability, argues Geoff Barton


Money, money, money

The voices are growing louder still – when will the education secretary act to fund education properly and to address the legacy of austerity, asks Deborah Lawson...



Facing up to the Baseline Assessment

As the government ignores the wealth of opposition to push ahead with its reformed plans for Baseline Assessment, Joyce Connor gives us a view from the early years




Supporting support staff

It is not just teachers who are feeling under pressure at the moment. Julian Stanley reports on the problems facing support staff in an era of ever-shrinking school budgets


Is Ofsted value for money?

Kevin Courtney says that many teachers believe Ofsted is not fit-for-purpose – a punitive system which does not help schools to improve...

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