Best Practice


Saying goodbye to levels

Will Millard explores some of the new approaches schools are devising to replace curriculum levels


Professional learning

The expertise is within our primary schools, but how can we encourage all teachers to share their best practice? Fiona Aubrey-Smith asks some challenging questions and offers some ideas



Shop ‘til you drop!

Helen Frostick reports on a project marrying the concepts of shopping and business to inspire year 6 pupils to consider career options, build team-work skills and solve mathematical problems


Classroom furniture

Education furniture specialist Trevor Gillman examines recent research linking classroom design to improved performance in schools and offers his tips for creating the optimum learning environment


A little perspective

The outdoor experiences on offer at Millbank Academy are a vital part of life at this inner city school. Principal Alyson Russen discusses why their residential visits are so important and how they go about organising them


Rewild your pupils!

Outdoor education expert Chris Hupp explores the importance of rewilding students and bringing outdoor learning into the daily life of a school


Mapping a new primary curriculum

For the past year, Cornwall Learning has been working with pilot schools to create and test the new primary curriculum. Sally Griffin explains some of the lessons they have learnt and the principles they have used


A focus on mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a familiar term, but what does it really mean and does it have a place in our schools? Amanda Bailey discusses how mindfulness can help children in particular to grow and develop


Attachment Theory and its implications

A new programme to raise awareness of the practical implications of attachment issues in schools has published a set of training materials for teachers, school leaders and governors. Dr Janet Rose and Richard Parker explain


Weighing up the assessment revolution

You could be forgiven for feeling a little dizzy with all the changes to assessment policy and practice, not least the removal of levels. The NFER’s Liz Twist offers a summary of the changes to date and advice on handling the new assessment regime


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.

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