Editorial Comment

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

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...

Flouting the law on teachers' pay

While the recruitment crisis worsens, teachers continue to be denied their minimum pay uplift entitlements, with many schools flouting the law

The Mental Health Green Paper

Schools are front and centre in the new child mental health proposals, but these plans will need to be honed and implemented swiftly if they are to address the current crisis, argues Anna Feuchtwang

The equality of opportunity

Governments talk often of ‘social mobility’ and ‘narrowing the gaps’ and schools have a clear role to play. But without two crucial ingredients – funding and teachers – we will not make progress, warns Anne Lyons

Academies: A very expensive mess

The academies programme is an expensive mess and, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the government is burying its head in the sand. It’s time for a radical rethink...

No more hero heads

The hero head model is discredited and dangerous. Julian Stanley urges school leaders to adopt a ‘first among equals’ approach and safeguard their own wellbeing

Schools and social services

The growing number of referrals by schools to children’s social services is an alarming trend – and all the signs point to services that do not have the capacity to cope. Debbie Moss explains

All eyes on Westminster...

The Chancellor will deliver his Autumn Budget on November 22. Anne Lyons says all eyes will be on Westminster to see if the government finally acts to ease the huge pressure on schools’ finances

While the government fiddles…

The government says that education unions have been ‘misleading’ the public when it comes to school funding – but nothing could be further from the truth…

Mental Health: Just a sticking plaster?

Immediate action is needed to support young people’s mental health, but this will be nothing but a sticking plaster unless we tackle the roots causes of the increasing problems

A ‘fiscal event’ worth watching

The November Budget is the time to take definitive action on school funding. Paul Whiteman urges the Chancellor to step up and do the right thing

Pay and conditions: Open sesame

The public sector pay debate has focused on teaching staff, but support staff have been suffering under the pay cap too. Jon Richards wants to see fair pay for all

About Us

Headteacher Update is the only magazine delivered directly to every primary school headteacher in the UK. It is published six times a year, at the beginning of each term and half-term, to keep headteachers up-to-date with everything going on in primary education.

Learn more about Headteacher update


Register to receive regular updates on primary education news delivered free to your inbox.