Leadership and Policy

Leadership wellbeing: It’s good to talk

With huge pressure on today’s school leaders, Julian Stanley from the charity Education Support Partnership discusses two of their programmes offering wellbeing and mental health support



The Research Mark journey

Headteacher Update is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Here, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how this initiative and other resources from the NFER can help schools on their research journey


KISS: Rules of engagement

The management technique Keep-Improve-Start-Stop – or KISS – can be used as an effective leadership tool to deliver powerful results, says Howard Jackson. He explains how it might work in an education setting


Governors: Finding the right skill-set

There are a number of initiatives out there to help schools source governors from the world of business to boost the skill-set of their governing body. David Rowsell explains


Diary of a Parent: Rewards? Or bribery?

Using rewards (or bribery) is seemingly a necessary part of raising and educating a child, but do we rely on this approach too much? Our parent diarist reflects on the impact on her own child


Working in partnership with secondary schools

Last edition, Matt Bromley introduced the five 'bridges' of school life that are key to the year 6 to 7 transition process. He now focuses on how we can work effectively with secondary colleagues on issues such as pupil data and the curriculum


The Standard for Teachers’ CPD

A new DfE Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development has been published. Chair of the independent group of experts who put the document together, David Weston, looks at what it means for schools and teachers’ CPD


Academisation: To change, or not to change?

Recent research into primary academisation, led by the NFER, has looked at whether academy conversion has a notable impact on pupil outcomes. Jack Worth looks at the findings



Working together for a smooth transition

In the first of two articles on transition, Matt Bromley looks at the five bridges of school life that we must focus on if pupils are to make a successful journey from year 6 to 7


Case study: Collaboration and community

Community cohesion is a vital part of the work of primary schools, especially in light of the increasing tensions since the EU referendum result. Headteacher Laura McPhee explains some of the key approaches and strategies employed at her inner city school


Achieving outstanding early years provision

By the time the children at Eastfield Primary Academy leave Reception they are well prepared for year 1. However, the children enter the nursery school below their expected level of development. So, how does the school achieve this level of progress? Suzanne O’Connell found out


Engaging parents with PSHE

PSHE covers a range of issues that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children and, as such, the involvement and support of parents is key. Jan Lever discusses how teachers can work with parents and carers to boost PSHE programmes



Some practical ideas for the year ahead

September is a great time to go back to basics and re-energise your school development work. Using a range of practical examples, Fiona Aubrey-Smith challenges you to revisit and reflect upon some vital areas of your school’s work



Making the most of your assembly time

The primary school assembly is a golden opportunity to inspire and motivate children’s curiosity for the day ahead. Experienced headteacher Mike Kent, author of a new book of assembly ideas, offers some food for thought and a few pointers


CPD: A shift in approach

Ahead of the publication of the government’s new CPD standards, David Weston looks at shifting our thinking on professional development to ensure a more appropriate approach for schools in 2016


Primary schools resist efforts for total academisation

More than 2,000 primary schools have chosen to become academies. Others have been forced into it due to Ofsted judgements. Among the almost 14,000 that remain, the prospect of having no choice in the matter is causing concern...


Effective school-to-school partnerships

Enabling the teaching profession to instigate, develop and lead school improvement is increasingly viewed as the most effective way forward in embedding educational reforms. Robert Smith explains how this has worked in Wales through school-to-school partnerships


What is the key to school-readiness?

Recent research reveals that almost a third of children are not considered ready for the classroom when they start primary school. But what does this mean for schools? Amy Cook takes a closer look at ‘school-readiness’, exploring the implications of the problem and some possible solutions


SMSC and British Values

Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and development is an crucial duty for schools, especially in light of requirements to teach ‘British Values’. Headteacher Helen Frostick looks at key definitions to help you evaluate your school’s provision and offers some ideas for SMSC activities


Making your school’s resources go further

A new report has highlighted possible savings that schools could make to help stretch their budgets further in these difficult times. School business director Nina Siddle explains how simple changes introduced at her school have saved precious time and money


Keeping teachers’ workload down

Simplicity is the key to minimising the workload pressure keenly felt by teachers, says executive headteacher Jane Girle. She discusses how she is addressing the issue at her school

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