From deep dives to safeguarding: Headteacher Update best practice insights

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

From navigating Ofsted’s subject deep dives to effective whole-school reading strategies, Headteacher Update’s free best practice downloads offer a wealth of expert advice and tips for teachers and school leaders in primary schools.

Published with every hard copy edition of Headteacher Update magazine, the seven-page Best Practice Focuses offer research-based, practical insights for primary schools.

And every Best Practice Focus is available free to download from the Headteacher Update website. Recent editions have included:

  • Ofsted's subject deep dives: Case studies, tips and advice:The subject deep dive has become one of the most challenging aspects of Ofsted inspection. This download offers crucial advice about deep dives and tips, examples and case studies showing how primary schools can prepare for and navigate them effectively and with successful outcomes (first published January 2023).
  • Effective feedback: A whole-school approach: Too often, teachers lack clarity about what feedback is and how to give it. On top of this, lethal mutations can blunt the impact of effective strategies. In this download, we present a comprehensive whole-school model of feedback (first published September 2022).
  • Top 10 safeguarding priorities for schools: Safeguarding work requires a mix of detailed planning ahead and effective and responsive working practices. In this download, we consider 10 priorities for schools to help create a strategic safeguarding plan and embed a culture of safeguarding (first published May 2022).
  • Every child a reader: Whole-school reading strategies: What are the most effective strategies to ensure that every child leaves primary school a fluent reader? In this download, we dissect the science, principles and essential elements of effective whole-school reading strategies, advising how we might implement these across the primary school (first published January 2022).
  • Trauma and insecure attachment behaviour in primary schools: How to respond: Some common approaches to behaviour management in schools risk triggering children’s insecure attachment. In this download, we look at what to do and what not to do and offer a number of trauma-informed strategies to help vulnerable children to successfully manage their emotions (first published September 2021).
  • Supporting looked after children: More likely to be excluded, more likely to have SEND and more likely to have gaps in their schooling, looked after children face a range of barriers to their education and wellbeing. This download offers a range of practical advice for teachers and schools (first published June 2020).
  • Pupil wellbeing and issues of mental health: This download offers practical advice and support to help teachers and schools spot the early signs of mental health or wellbeing problems in young people (first published March 2020).
  • Three tenets of effective Pupil Premium practice: This download looks at three tenets of effective Pupil Premium practice for the whole school and for individual classroom teachers (first published September 2019).
  • You can find all of our Best Practice Focus downloads as well as our supplements, guides, podcasts, webinars and other free resources via our Knowledge Bank webpage at

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