Best Practice

Embedding effective ICT

Earlier this year, Michael Gove said that ICT in schools was a mess. Brenda Bigland discusses how her school embedded ICT across its classrooms and curriculum and offers an insight into developing an effective ICT strategy


Homework: To set or not to set...

While one union has branded homework a waste of time, many others argue the benefits. With government guidelines scrapped, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the pros and cons of setting homework


Language barriers

A new study focusing on global language learning finds that English-speaking education often provides less resource and encouragement for languages. Teresa Tinley and Therese Comfort consider the challenges common to successful primary language teaching


Working with your parents

Nick Bannister reviews some recent research and talks to primary leaders about how schools can take their parental engagement to the next level


The grammar test

Suzanne O’Connell takes a look at the new grammar, punctuation and spelling test and some of the criticism it has received


Teaching effective, high quality sport

How can school leaders support their teachers to lead PE effectively and to ensure that their pupils experience high quality PE? Headteacher Tom Donohoe offers his strategies and advice


Handling requests for flexible working

What are the legal and practical considerations for primary school headteachers when considering requests for flexible working? Employment law expert Vanessa Latham explains


Curriculum innovation

Getting creative with your school's curriculum need not be a risky enterprise. Nick Bannister speaks to headteachers and experts about how to develop an innovative curriculum that focuses on both knowledge and skills


BESD: What's in a name?

How do we define our pupils with emotional, behavioural and social needs? Suzanne O’Connell looks at how useful the BESD category is and whether abandoning it might improve children's life chances


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

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