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.

Primary schools face 'perfect storm'

A leading academic has warned of a teacher workforce crisis in the primary sector because of falling applications, low staff morale, and rising pupil numbers.

Schools face new online requirements

Schools are required to publish key pieces of information and data online from this month. Revised regulations came into force on September 1 that scrap the requirement for schools to publish its prospectus annually and instead set out new online requirements. Schools must now publish online:

Teachers reject new phonics test

The new phonics checks for five and six-year-olds have been rejected as confusing for pupils and a waste of time by year 1 teachers.

What makes a good teacher?

Teachers will be judged by Ofsted on their ability to help pupils learn and not on their entertainment value in the classroom, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the inspections chief has said.

Run-down schools left ‘in limbo’

Hundreds of headteachers have been left disappointed after the government revealed a list 261 run-down schools which are to receive funding from its Priority Schools Building Programme.

Focus on language disorders

One child in every classroom struggles to express themselves or to form friendships because of a specific language impairment (SLI).

Unions unite to take on coalition

An historic agreement between the two biggest teaching unions looks set to result in continued industrial action and further days of strike action in UK schools.

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".

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