Best Practice

Doing it for the money?

From September the new School Teachers’ Appraisal Regulations will come into effect in England. With Ofsted’s interest in performance management, has the time for a new system of rewarding teachers arrived?


Education in Wonderland

A frustrated Sir Tim Brighouse calls for the powers that be to recognise the importance of effective CPD


Academies: Where does the buck stop?

The academies programme has reached primary education, but under this new system, who is responsible for our schools and what happens when things go wrong? We look at an increasingly confusing view of accountability



Autism training

The first national autism training programme for schools is offering free CPD for a range of education professionals. Steve Huggett explains


Lessons from Finland

Finnish education is considered the best in the world. Pete Henshaw looks at the five key ideals that have guided Finland’s schools


Partnerships: Crossing the road

Anthony David, headteacher of a small one-form entry school, explains how he has forged a strong and fruitful partnership with a neighbouring private school


An engaging science experience

Headteacher Roy McClelland discusses his school’s involvement with the Rolls-Royce Science Prize and how he has used it to teach his pupils key technology and problem-solving skills


Heroes Day

The second annual Heroes Day will see pupils dressing up as the person who most inspires them and raising money for charity while they do it. Primary school teacher and founder Danny Glavin urges you to get involved


Lights, camera, action!

Longhill Primary School has introduced television production to help teach speaking and listening skills. Mike Russell explains


Assessment advice

Assessment in primary schools must be appropriate to the learning context and the learner’s needs. Rebecca Clarkson and Liz Twist consider what good assessment looks like and offer their research-based advice on effective practice


Supporting science

The National STEM Centre offers a wealth of CPD support and free resources for primary science teachers and co-ordinators. Yvonne Baker explains


Looking for the Olympic legacy

London 2012 has captured the imaginations of primary schools across the country, but what of the prospects for a legacy that will last well beyond the closing ceremony? Nick Bannister reports


Making the time to be creative

While many of us agree that a creative, broad education is crucial, the pressures of targets and SATs often interferes. Cathy Cross discusses the power of immersive learning, creativity, the role of basic technology, and how schools can make the time


Supporting White working class boys

Of those groups eligible for free school meals in schools, one of the worst performing is White, British boys. Tom Welch has been involved in a project to discover what factors can help these students to buck the trend


Attendance – how tough are you?

If children do not attend in the first place, schools cannot even begin to raise their attainment. But how far should we go with punishing pupils and their parents? Suzanne O’Connell takes a look


The wi-fi debate

Experts are split on the safety of exposing children to wi-fi in schools, with some concerned about evidence of health risks. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the issue


Entrepreneurship in primary schools

Business and enterprise education can be particularly rewarding and effective at primary level. Former headteacher Brenda Bigland offers some advice based on the experiences of her former school


Ofsted offers guidance on literacy

Ofsted’s latest literacy report talks of too little improvement across England’s primary schools and has been published alongside hints of an increase in the key stage 2 target. Suzanne O’Connell reports


Data for self-evaluation

Claire Easton looks at the importance of gathering evidence to help self-evaluation and school improvement and offers best practice guidance


Teaching Schools – The primary pioneers

Teaching Schools were trumpeted as a major step forward in CPD for teachers and leaders when launched last autumn. Eight months on, Nick Bannister talks to two primary heads who are running two of the first primary Teaching Schools


A Pupil Premium Toolkit

Professor Steve Higgins on a toolkit designed to help schools spend their Pupil Premium money as effectively as possible


How to spend your Pupil Premium...

The Pupil Premium marked its first anniversary in April. What have primary heads done with the extra cash and is it making a difference? Nick Bannister reports


What to do with our excluded children?

Pupil exclusion is a messy business with enormous implications for a child’s long-term prospects. Suzanne O’Connell looks at what the government is proposing for our most challenging children


A tale of 30 Ofsted reports

With its focus on leadership, teaching, achievement and behaviour, the new Ofsted framework is leaving no-where to hide. Suzanne O’Connell looks at 30 recent Ofsted reports to find out what lessons we can learn

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