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.

DfE faces tough questions over free school policy

Calls have been made for education secretary Michael Gove to “consider his position” on free schools after the publication of a damning report into the government’s flagship education programme.

Summer strike action threatened as DfE talks continue

As meetings continue between the DfE and education unions, Michael Gove has set out three areas in which he is willing to take forward their suggestions. The NUT, however, has threatened more strike action this summer term.

Heads despair at more 'dawn raids' by Ofsted

Ofsted rolls-out new no-notice behaviour inspections this week. The inspectorate will use Parent View complaints to target schools and those deemed to be struggling face having their full inspections brought forward. Pete Henshaw reports

Primary sport funding boost

While coverage of the Autumn Statement focused heavily on the free school meals expansion, chancellor George Osborne also revealed a funding boost for primary school sports. Pete Henshaw reports.

Preparing for life after levels

Leading figures from across education are meeting this month to agree a set of assessment principles to help schools cope when national curriculum levels are axed. Headteacher Update reports

The children of the recession

The children of the recession – those born in 2008 – began schooling this term, but if they are behind by age seven then long-term success is unlikely, according to a stark report. Pete Henshaw takes a look.

Introducing the NTEN

The new National Teacher Enquiry Network is aiming to help schools access, develop and share evidence-based best practice in CPD. David Weston explains

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