Best Practice

Team motivation: Hitting the ground running in September

Today, team motivation is seen as a key responsibility of modern headship, and it is especially important that as the new school year begins the whole-school team hits the ground running. Nick Bannister looks at the experiences of one primary headteacher


Poverty: Just how much can schools do?

The Pupil Premium is on the up, but so is child poverty. With the number of children below the minimum income standards set to grow by 400,000, can schools really bridge the disadvantage gap on their own?



Getting the whole school singing

Becoming a ‘singing school’ can have a range of knock-on benefits. Penny Sheppard, headteacher of Queen’s Hill Primary, explains why and how she has embedded singing in every aspect of school life



Case study: A living Olympic legacy

A year on from the London Olympics Nick Bannister revisits a Cornish school to find out how the leadership is not only keeping the Games’ legacy alive, but is spreading it far and wide



Case study: Creating Good Learners

The Good Learner project at Inkberrow First School has for the past three years focused on improving children’s learning skills. Heather Thomson and Sharon Cole explain


Booktime – Page-turning learning

As pastimes go, reading has to compete hard for children’s attention these days, but research suggests that the gift of a book still has the power to excite. Harriet Weaving explains


Engaging boys with and through dance

Dance can be a powerful medium to engage pupils, especially boys. Experienced dance teacher Louise Wilkie explains why and offers some practical advice and ideas


Teaching on the Falkland Islands

Tom Hill has been head of a 260-pupil infant and junior school delivering the English curriculum for two years. Nothing unusual about that – other than its location. Emma Lee Potter caught up with him



Case study: Supporting transition

Using its Pupil Premium funding, Frederick Bird School has engaged the services of clinical and educational psychologists as part of its work to help prepare their year 6 pupils for transition to secondary school. Headteacher Christine Lockwood explains


Priorities for September

What are your key priorities as you approach the end of the academic year, prepare for the summer break and start to think about September? Nick Bannister asks three headteachers for their ‘top five’ lists


Ask Brenda – Front-of-house efficiency

I have just started at a new school and am concerned about how I get best practice in the office. The staff are lovely but they need advice so that they are the best possible “first point of contact” for the school. How best can I approach this?


Planning for performance-related pay

Revised pay and conditions arrangements, including plans for performance-related pay, come into force from September 1. They represent a huge change for our schools. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the implications for schools


Challenges ahead as SEN reforms loom

The recently released indicative code of practice for SEN is a work in progress – but will its ambitious agenda translate into effective practice? Headteacher Update reports


Embracing lesson observations

Three primary schools which use similar approaches to their leadership, curriculum and CPD discuss how they have embraced lesson observations and working with other schools as part of staff development


Despatches from Birmingham

From inspection survival advice to the curriculum and dyslexia, seasoned Education Show delegate Sal McKeown offers her highlights from last month’s event at Birmingham’s NEC


Ensuring strong primary school governance

In the face of the many challenges embroiling education, David Hanson looks at why and how strong governance, and good working relationships with headteachers, can help schools to be successful


What has happened to sustainability?

The sustainable schools agenda used to be a key element of government policy, but now it is up to schools to decide how they approach the issue. Nick Bannister talked to one head about how and why his school continues prioritise environmental issues


Pupil Premium: Evidence and impact

The pressure is on schools to ensure that Pupil Premium spending is evidence-based and to show the impact of their strategies. Fiona Aubrey-Smith looks at what practical guidance and resources are out there to help


Measuring impact: Using the Premium

Schools everywhere are looking for the most effective Pupil Premium strategies and for the best methods of showing the results of their spending decisions. Liz Twist looks at what the evidence shows to be the best approaches


Singing from the same music sheet?

Are schools tuned-in to the range of support that is now available for music education? Mark Burke reminds schools of what the new National Music Hubs have to offer...


Helping you deliver RE

Many primary teachers feel apprehensive when teaching RE. Sarah Smalley looks at a range of useful resources and websites

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