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.

Child protection fears raised

Reforms to the NHS could put vulnerable children at risk unless agencies work in a co-ordinated manner, it was claimed last week.

Exclusions will not be over-ruled

Appeals panels will no longer be able to force headteachers to take back excluded pupils, as long as the decision is “legal, reasonable and fair".

Ofsted: The lessons learned so far

Four months into the new Ofsted regime, Headteacher Update has analysed 30 recent primary inspection reports and discovers a tale of strong leadership and positive results. We look at what lessons we can learn

Ofsted hints at raising KS2 English target

Ofsted has called upon the government to “consider" whether the end of primary school target of Level 4 is sufficiently high to provide an adequate foundation for success at secondary school.

Ofsted calls for more 'active music-making'

Inspectors have reported “wide differences" in the quality and quantity of music education, and said that in some cases there was simply “not enough music in music lessons".

CRB loophole remains a concern

A loophole in proposed new legislation could enable adults who have been banned from working with children to take-up voluntary posts in schools and social clubs, a legal expert has told Headteacher Update.

Ofsted insists on a ‘no excuses culture’

The headteacher of Downhills Primary resigns, we’re told 5,000 more are inadequate. School leaders are being exhorted to ‘bridge the gap’ and ‘raise the bar’. Is it out with partnership and in with power?

Teaching assistants’ impact questioned

There should be a “fundamental rethink" in the way teaching assistants are used in schools including ending the practice of asking them to concentrate on lower performing students or those with SEN.

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