Best Practice




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


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?

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