Alongside our best practice section, Headteacher Update features regular news and news analysis articles to keep school leaders up-to-date with the latest policy and sector developments. Our news pieces attempt to tackle issues of direct relevance to primary school educators and offer something different to the mainstream media.

Incoming ATL president targets excessive workload

The time to do the work that makes a difference to young people and the space to talk and share ideas with colleagues are two key priorities for the incoming president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Many political reforms are 'low impact distractions'

A leading education expert has called into question the impact of many popular education policies, including introducing new types of school, performance-related pay and longer school days. Instead he calls for a focus on within school variability. Pete Henshaw reports

Call for focus on staff leadership skills

Schools should develop the leadership skills of all their staff – from classroom teachers to senior leaders – and should embrace a system of "distributed leadership", inspectors have urged.

What is a 'coasting' school?

The continuing reluctance by ministers to describe what they mean by 'coasting' is causing 'fear and confusion' within schools, it has been claimed. Pete Henshaw reports.

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