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.

Ofsted calls for more 'active music-making'

Inspectors have reported “wide differences" in the quality and quantity of music education, and said that in some cases there was simply “not enough music in music lessons".

CRB loophole remains a concern

A loophole in proposed new legislation could enable adults who have been banned from working with children to take-up voluntary posts in schools and social clubs, a legal expert has told Headteacher Update.

Ofsted insists on a ‘no excuses culture’

The headteacher of Downhills Primary resigns, we’re told 5,000 more are inadequate. School leaders are being exhorted to ‘bridge the gap’ and ‘raise the bar’. Is it out with partnership and in with power?

Teaching assistants’ impact questioned

There should be a “fundamental rethink" in the way teaching assistants are used in schools including ending the practice of asking them to concentrate on lower performing students or those with SEN.

Behaviour checklist published

A new checklist of what schools can do to instil good behaviour in the classroom has been published by the government's expert adviser on behaviour, Charlie Taylor.

Call for new asbestos laws

Asbestos campaigners are calling for the government to adopt US-style laws requiring schools to tell teachers what is being done to manage the deadly substance.

Study gives advice on pupil premium

Reducing classroom numbers and employing more teaching assistants are not effective ways of spending the new pupil premium, a report has said.

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