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Alongside our best practice section, Headteacher Update features regular news and news analysis articles to keep school leaders up-to-date with the latest policy and sector developments. Our news pieces attempt to tackle issues of direct relevance to primary school educators and offer something different to the mainstream media.





Twenty years of Ofsted inspections

It is 20 years since Ofsted was formed to scrutinise England’s schools. Dorothy Lepkowska looks back at how the inspectorate has changed over the years and some of its more controversial moments






Pupils still shun FSM

A quarter of youngsters who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) take packed lunches instead because they are afraid of being stigmatised.


Virtual schools hit by budget cuts

Virtual schools have a hugely positive impact on the education of children in care, but there is “little evidence" that they are able to reduce the attainment gap, Ofsted has reported.







A sporting row

The government has unveiled plans for competitive sport to be at the heart of the new primary PE curriculum. However, the announcement has been overshadowed by revelations about the sale of playing fields and a row over the prime minister’s attack on teac



Primary schools face 'perfect storm'

A leading academic has warned of a teacher workforce crisis in the primary sector because of falling applications, low staff morale, and rising pupil numbers.


Schools face new online requirements

Schools are required to publish key pieces of information and data online from this month. Revised regulations came into force on September 1 that scrap the requirement for schools to publish its prospectus annually and instead set out new online requirements. Schools must now publish online:


Teachers reject new phonics test

The new phonics checks for five and six-year-olds have been rejected as confusing for pupils and a waste of time by year 1 teachers.





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