Best Practice

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


Aiming for the top job

In September, Emma Williams will embark on her first headship. Here, she describes her leadership journey – the challenges she has faced and the skills she has learnt along the way – and offers encouragement and advice to other would-be headteachers


Assessment – what we know so far

Deciphering the new assessment and accountability requirements for primary schools is no small challenge. Camilla Erskine and Sue Walton discuss what is proposed and what it means for schools


Preparing for English and mathematics

We’ve left the basics until last. In the final article in our series on preparing for the new curriculum, Suzanne O’Connell focuses on the national curriculum for English and maths and the advice available for those gearing up for September 2014


The top six Pupil Premium problems

What are the main Pupil Premium challenges faced by primary schools? Catherine Stevens from the Challenge the Gap initiative outlines six key challenges to effective Pupil Premium strategies and offers some solutions


Getting the inside track on Ofsted requirements

The School Inspection Handbook, subsidiary guidance, and a growing number of Ofsted briefings – where would we be without the wealth of inspectors’ guidelines issued by Ofsted HQ? As yet another batch is released, we look at some of the key messages


SPONSORED ARTICLE: The boy in the corner?

Jonathan Ovenden discusses the challenges of raising achievement for white working class boys and suggests ways to work with those who are disaffected to reignite their enthusiasm for learning.



Term-time absence

How are the tighter rules surrounding parents pulling their children out of class for holidays and other events affecting schools? Amy Cook takes a look.


Understanding VAT

VAT is a complicated tax and it is easy for academies and free schools to make mistakes. We ask expert Helen Elliott for some advice.


First aid in schools

Jess Hubbard from St John Ambulance offers advice to schools that have decided to offer first aid teaching for their pupils.



Blogs in the classroom to boost literacy

Using blogs in the classroom can have a positive impact on pupils’ engagement and success in writing and literacy. Sarah Horrocks and Myra Barrs offer some tips to get you started.


Ten top primary apps

We asked Justin Smith from the Educational App Store to give us his top 10 apps for primary teachers.


Primary languages: Is your school ready?

As primary schools prepare to deliver compulsory foreign languages at key stage 2, the annual Language Trends survey has shone a light on some common concerns. Alex Elwick explains.


Spotting and tackling low-level neglect

Based on recent research evidence, Caroline Sharp offers some practical advice on how schools can identify and support pupils who are suffering from low-level neglect.


Preparing for SEN reform

As a new SEN and disability Code of Practice awaits publication, Jane Friswell summarises the challenges facing schools as the special needs sector undergoes major reform.


Outdoor learning on a shoestring

Outdoor learning is recognised as a vital part of primary school life for pupils, but how can schools deliver these experiences while also keeping the costs down? Fiona Aubrey-Smith hears from two schools.



Making their mark

The badge of ‘research-engaged school’ is appealing recognition for a school’s achievements in research, but what does it mean in practice? Caroline Fisher looks one school’s evidence for the NFER Research Mark.


Preparing for computing and science

With September only a summer holiday away, time to prepare for the new national curriculum is running out. In the third part of our four part series, Suzanne O’Connell looks at preparations for the new programmes of study in both computing and science.


Pupil Premium: Ensuring successful outcomes

Headteacher Update’s inaugural Pupil Premium and Ofsted conference – Ensuring Successful Outcomes – took place in Birmingham last month. Sal McKeown looks at what advice the experts and school-based case studies on show had to offer.


Teacher training: Growing your own

The government’s School Direct teacher training scheme will train more than 15,000 teachers next year. Headteacher Tom Donohoe explains why his school has embraced the approach.


Will the FSM expansion threaten Pupil Premium?

The announcement of free school meals for all key stage 1 children was greeted positively by most. However, as we draw closer to its implementation, the implications of this new legislation seem to go far beyond kitchen capacity.


Spotting and tackling low-level neglect

Based on recent research evidence, Caroline Sharp offers some practical advice on how schools can identify and support pupils who are suffering from low-level neglect.

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