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Embedding classroom research

Headteacher Update is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how classroom research helped one school to bounce back from a poor Ofsted result

Maximising the impact of teaching assistants

Charged with transforming the impact of her school's large team of teaching assistants, Louisa Roberts focused on enhancing CPD, revising appraisals, and clarifying their roles…

Supporting languages education in Scotland

Scotland’s National Centre for Languages works to develop and improve the learning and teaching of languages. Petra McLay describes some of the support on offer to languages teachers in Scotland

The risks of social networking

Social media has brought a new way of communicating into our schools. It has also brought a risk of us sharing too much. Suzanne O'Connell seeks expert advice for school leaders

Ensuring your school's CPD is effective

Ensuring your CPD strategies are effective and make a difference is vital. Sarah Coskeran offers some practical advice for evaluating the impact of three common types of CPD

Deploying your teaching assistants effectively

There was a time when the teaching assistant was just a teacher's helper. Now so much more is expected from this professional role. Suzanne O'Connell finds out about emerging best practice and the advice schools are being given

Research Mark: Supporting the research journey

Headteacher Update supports the principle of schools engaging with research to inform their initiatives, which is why we support the NFER Research Mark. Ed Cuffe-Adams speaks to two schools at different stages on their research journey

Is a professional learning culture possible?

How can we give every professional in our schools a stake in school improvement. This was the topic under discussion at a recent education roundtable debate. Keith Wright reports.

The Education Show 2015


The Education Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham from March 19 to 21 with a range of CPD, workshops and exhibitors on offer. We look at some of the highlights

What would a College of Teaching mean for you?

A proposal for the start-up of a new College of Teaching has been published by a coalition of organisations. What is it all about and why is it so important that you and your staff start thinking about it now? Claire Dockar explains

What makes an inspiring teacher?

A research project has observed a group of teachers identified by their school leaders as ‘inspirational’ in a bid to discover what it is that makes an inspiring teacher. Tony McAleavy looks at some of the common traits that emerged

The definitive guide to great teaching?

The review What Makes Great Teaching? brings together evidence to guide practitioners. But should this review of research lead to a revolution in practice? Suzanne O’Connell takes a look at the study and speaks to schools with outstanding teaching

Meeting the Workload Challenge

The government’s consultation on teacher workload has ended with an estimated 40,000 teachers responding to the call for evidence. While we wait for the Department for Education’s conclusions, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what methods headteachers are using to reduce the load for their staff.

Advice for tackling workload

Keren Prior offers some tips on how to improve teacher and school leader wellbeing as well as also tackle workload issues

What is your research goal?

When it comes to deciding what research evidence to use in the classroom, what really matters is the goal of the research not who produces it, argues Dr Julie Nelson

A new approach to keeping your teachers

A new approach to coaching and mentoring, including assigning Career Champions for every NQT, could provide the answer to the growing challenge of teachers leaving the profession. Executive headteacher Chris Wheatley explains.

A challenging year ahead for school food

On top of the challenge of expanding free school meals to all key stage 1 children, schools now face new school food standards in January. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the challenges ahead for school food.

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

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