Best Practice

SEN: A focus on psychology

Frederick Bird School is a Nasen Outstanding Schools thanks to its SEN provision, which includes the extensive use of psychologists. In this profile of its work, we talk to staff and the psychologists to discuss how they meet the needs of all pupils


Some successful whole-school strategies

Collaboration and sharing ideas between schools is crucial. Fiona Aubrey-Smith reports from schools where strategies focused on behaviour, learning styles, and outdoor learning have proved successful


What is your research goal?

When it comes to deciding what research evidence to use in the classroom, what really matters is the goal of the research not who produces it, argues Dr Julie Nelson




Ideas and thoughts about the new maths curriculum

The new primary curriculum offers an opportunity to clarify for children what maths is and how it fits together, says former headteacher Pete Sumner. He offers some advice on delivering the new-look mathematics curriculum


Computing advice and resources

Two months into the new computing curriculum, headteacher Rebecca Stacey considers some of the challenges we have faced in delivering the new-look subject, offers her advice for the months ahead, and signposts a few useful resources


Computing: Supporting effective teaching

The computing curriculum is now in place and we have a fairly clear idea about what we should be teaching. Two months in to the new curriculum, Miles Berry, of the University of Roehampton, discusses effective teaching strategies and how schools can suppo


Headship: Handling the pressure...

Former headteacher John Viner discusses what school leaders can do to protect ourselves more effectively from the pressures and stress of the job


Tackling bullying: Knowledge is power

Information, both about national trends and about what is happening in your own school, is a powerful and crucial weapon in the fight against bullying. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how schools are keeping on top of the problem


Acting on referrals – an escalating role for schools

Reporting child abuse is not yet mandatory. As ministers debate the pros and cons, Ofsted raises its expectation of schools. How much should the designated person do when it comes to making sure social care take action? Suzanne O’Connell reports.


Leadership: How to earn respect and influence staff

A distinct challenge of early headship, especially in schools requiring improvement, is winning the respect and loyalty of your colleagues. Nick Bannister asks a group of headteachers to share their staff management and leadership advice


Supporting delivery of universal FSMs

Media attention may have died down since September, but the challenge of delivering universal free school meals to all of key stage 1 continues. Jeremy Boardman of the Children’s Food Trust discusses the practical support available to improve your meals s


Ofsted: Going for outstanding

Barely a week into the new term and headteacher Jeff Brown got the Ofsted call. Here, he describes the two-day inspection and his school’s bid to go from a rating of ‘good’ to one of ‘outstanding’.


Spending the Sport Premium effectively

Government research suggests that the PE and Sport Premium funding is having a positive impact on primary school sports provision. Suzanne O’Connell finds out how some schools have been using the money.


The implications of yet more Ofsted reforms

A consultation published by Ofsted has set out further significant changes to the inspection regime. We take a look at the proposals and consider whether they represent positive fundamental reform.



Embracing new technologies

How might schools embrace technology in the classroom while ensuring the focus remains on effective teaching and learning and pupil achievement? Headteacher Ben Evans offers some advice from his school’s experience.



Strategies to support vulnerable children

Faced with a large proportion of both Pupil Premium children and pupils who have SEN and disabilities, Harbour Primary and Nursery School has used a range of strategies – not least parental engagement – to meet these children’s needs.


Turning it around: One school's journey

Applegarth Junior School has made the journey from special measures to an Ofsted grading of good in just six months. Paul Glover explains how and offers his advice to other schools.


CAMHS under pressure

A recent survey of school leaders shows that many are concerned about their pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, but that delays to CAMHS are preventing them getting quick and effective help. Amy Cook reports.


A two-stage Pupil Premium strategy

An effective, two-stage Pupil Premium strategy at Stanley Grove Academy has seen the pupils given the confidence to take control of their own learning. Teacher Karen Richardson explains more.


Embracing global learning in your school

How can we ensure our new-look curriculum is local, national and international and helps our pupils to understand their place in the world? Fiona Aubrey-Smith reports on the work of some schools.


TechnoTeaching – five simple ideas

Do you wonder how to make the most of ICT to enhance your skills as a teacher? Nicole Ponsford and Dr Julie Wood, authors of the new book TechnoTeaching, offer five simple ideas for teachers who want to embrace technology.

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