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 reliability study is welcome – but limited

Ofsted’s first attempt at testing the reliability of inspection outcomes has yielded seemingly positive results. However, with notable limitations to the research, calls for an independent investigation into the reliability and validity of Ofsted judgements have become louder. Pete Henshaw reports

NUT-ATL merger decision due on March 22

Less than two weeks remain for teachers and support staff to cast their vote to decide whether a merger between the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) should go ahead.

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’

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