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Improving communication and language skills

Faced with a new intake whose lack of speech and language skills meant they were still operating as toddlers, Clare Constant implemented a range of strategies to overcome this significant learning barrier


Meet the Pupil Premium Champion

Respected educationalist Dr John Dunford began work this term as the National Pupil Premium Champion. He spoke to Dorothy Lepkowska about how he will be helping to support effective Pupil Premium practice



Achieving Ofsted outstanding for Quality of Teaching

Quality of teaching is key to a positive inspection outcome. In the second of our series focusing on Ofsted's four core indicators, Suzanne O’Connell speaks to four schools who have been graded outstanding for their teaching quality


What will be the sport premium’s legacy?

Primary schools are diligently making use of their primary sport premium, but will this pump-priming see any long-term benefit, or is it another flash in the political pan?


10 steps to a world class education system

Ahead of this year’s Whole Education conference, David Crossley draws on the views of national and international education leaders to define how we can build a world class system. He offers 10 key ways forward for our schools



Transforming the quality of teaching

Two headteachers speak to Fiona Aubrey-Smith about how the use of the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme after an Ofsted inspection has helped them to sustainably improve the quality of teaching


Transforming the quality of teaching

Two headteachers speak to Fiona Aubrey-Smith about how the use of the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme after an Ofsted inspection has helped them to sustainably improve the quality of teaching




Arguing for a creative curriculum

Headteacher Anne Bull has been awarded an honorary degree by Bath Spa University in recognition of her contribution to education. She argues why a creative focus across the curriculum is vital


Creative approaches to literacy and the SPAG tests

Will the new spelling, punctuation and grammar tests produce an assembly line of rote-learning at the expense of creativity? Alison Wilcox looks at how we can tackle the tests, but still engage our pupils


Five ideas to get pupils reading

Promoting reading and improving literacy is an on-going challenge for all primary schools. Deputy head Martin Cooper looks at five approaches that have proven successful at his school


Encouraging boys to read

For 40 years, the charity Beanstalk has been providing trained volunteers to help encourage primary school children to read. We asked volunteer Sally Floyer for some tips on engaging boys with reading





Improving pupils’ memory

Children with poor working memory can be a barrier to achievement and a particular challenge for teachers. Sal McKeown looks at how some schools are tackling the problem




My 51-hour Ofsted inspection diary

It lasted for just 51 hours – from initial phone call to final farewells. Headteacher of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, Helen Frostick, chronicles their last Ofsted inspection, which saw the school judged to be outstanding in all areas


Bouncing back from a poor school inspection

Some of the most challenging times in a headteacher’s career can be after a poor inspection outcome. Nick Bannister meets leaders who have helped their schools to bounce back after inspection setbacks


Every school needs a bereavement policy

When a bereavement affects a pupil in your school, it is vital to act quickly and appropriately. Heather Butler, the author of a new book on the subject, offers crucial advice on how both staff and pupils can be supported at these difficult times


Investing in film education

The British Film Institute is investing £26 million in a unified programme of film education. Headteacher Janice Middleton explains

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