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.

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".

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.

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