Best Practice

A new approach to keeping your teachers

A new approach to coaching and mentoring, including assigning Career Champions for every NQT, could provide the answer to the growing challenge of teachers leaving the profession. Executive headteacher Chris Wheatley explains.


Helping pupils to handle anxiety and stress

The pressure that our primary school children can face as they grow-up is increasingly being recognised as something that schools must play a part in tackling. Sal McKeown reports from two schools in Coventry which are using different approaches.


Ensuring consistent assessment approaches

Faced with an inconsistent approach to assessment strategies, tests and tracking methods across the school, deputy headteacher Amelia Nelson set out to turn things around. She explains how.


The road to school federation

The National Governors’ Association has been conducting research into federations – why schools federate, their experiences of the process, common barriers, and the lessons learnt along the way. Ellie Howarth reports on some of their findings.


Introducing peer-to-peer reading

A peer-to-peer reading programme at Barry Island Primary School has proved a great success. Headteacher Ty Golding explains how they went about implementing the scheme and offers his advice to others wanting to do the same.


Preview: The Into Film Festival

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 4 to 21, offering schools a range of opportunities to use film to inspire and educate their pupils. The festival’s artistic director, Sam Wilson, previews this year's event


Avoiding the transition dip

The transition dip is a well-known and ongoing problem in our education system. Primary head Anna Traer-Goffe reports on a transition programme undertaken with their partner secondary school and some of the lessons they have learnt.


The new reception baseline assessment

In March 2014, the Department for Education announced plans to introduce a baseline assessment for all children at the start of reception. Catherine Kirkup, from NFER’s Centre for Assessment, answers some of the big questions that schools have been asking


Secrets to science success

After helping to redraft the new primary science curriculum, Anne Goldsworthy discusses some key considerations for school leaders when delivering the new programmes of study and lists some key tenets to science success.


What can schools do about mental health?

New government advice highlights the route to CAMHS – but schools portray CAMHS as a service in crisis. What can we do to help pupils struggling with their mental health? Suzanne O’Connell reports.


A challenging year ahead for school food

On top of the challenge of expanding free school meals to all key stage 1 children, schools now face new school food standards in January. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the challenges ahead for school food.


The consequences of the Trojan Horse affair

Successive governments have viewed the governing body as a means of keeping schools in line. However, with autonomy being abused in some cases, is it governors who now need reining in?



Saying goodbye to levels

Will Millard explores some of the new approaches schools are devising to replace curriculum levels


Professional learning

The expertise is within our primary schools, but how can we encourage all teachers to share their best practice? Fiona Aubrey-Smith asks some challenging questions and offers some ideas



Shop ‘til you drop!

Helen Frostick reports on a project marrying the concepts of shopping and business to inspire year 6 pupils to consider career options, build team-work skills and solve mathematical problems


Classroom furniture

Education furniture specialist Trevor Gillman examines recent research linking classroom design to improved performance in schools and offers his tips for creating the optimum learning environment


A little perspective

The outdoor experiences on offer at Millbank Academy are a vital part of life at this inner city school. Principal Alyson Russen discusses why their residential visits are so important and how they go about organising them


Rewild your pupils!

Outdoor education expert Chris Hupp explores the importance of rewilding students and bringing outdoor learning into the daily life of a school


Mapping a new primary curriculum

For the past year, Cornwall Learning has been working with pilot schools to create and test the new primary curriculum. Sally Griffin explains some of the lessons they have learnt and the principles they have used


A focus on mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a familiar term, but what does it really mean and does it have a place in our schools? Amanda Bailey discusses how mindfulness can help children in particular to grow and develop


Attachment Theory and its implications

A new programme to raise awareness of the practical implications of attachment issues in schools has published a set of training materials for teachers, school leaders and governors. Dr Janet Rose and Richard Parker explain


Weighing up the assessment revolution

You could be forgiven for feeling a little dizzy with all the changes to assessment policy and practice, not least the removal of levels. The NFER’s Liz Twist offers a summary of the changes to date and advice on handling the new assessment regime


Reflections on an inspection

They had been expecting the call, but the reaction of the entire staff when Ofsted arrived was phenomenal. Here follows anonymous extracts from a diary kept by the headteacher during the inspection

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