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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.



Speech and language therapists raise workload alarm

Almost half of speech and language therapists say that they do not have enough time or resources to provide support to students who have communication problems but who do not have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).


Opportunity areas – more details emerge

Six more ‘opportunity areas’ have been unveiled, with the DfE promising action to raise social mobility, but critics have pointed to the elephant in the room – funding. Pete Henshaw reports




Pressure building over asbestos in schools

The pressure on ministers to act over asbestos in schools continues to build after Freedom of Information requests reveal the huge amounts in compensation being paid by local authorities. Pete Henshaw reports






Primary schools given hope on assessment

A consultation on primary assessment arrangements and a pledge of no new tests or assessments before 2018/19 have been welcomed as the ‘promise of light at the end of a long and very dark tunnel’



Breakfast club research show positive impact

Breakfast clubs that offer pupils in primary schools a free and nutritious meal before school can boost their reading, writing and maths results by the equivalent of two months’ progress over the course of a year.




Improve retention but limit pay rise to 1%, STRB told

“There remains a strong case for continued pay restraint in the public sector.” The message from education secretary Justine Greening to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) has been made abundantly clear.









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