Leadership and Policy

Starting school packs

PTA UK is working with iChild and Parcelforce to deliver "starting school" Welcome Packs to more than 1,400 PTAs across the UK.

Win a £5,000 makeover

The Smarter Spaces 2015 campaign has launched a competition for primary schools to win £5,000 worth of design and decoration services for their school.

Inspirational buildings


Inspire your children and create the perfect learning environment with our bespoke, outdoors classrooms.

Bradleys Surfacing Systems


Bradleys Surfacing Systems supply and install a range of synthetic sports, play and landscaping surfaces. This ranges from simple artificial lawns for domestic properties to high specification surfaces for sports like tennis, netball and football.

Working effectively with governing bodies

Governing boards should publish and sign-up to a code of conduct committing to the seven principles of public life. The advice comes as part of a joint statement that has been published to help headteachers and governing boards to work together effectively.

Teacher Support Network

The Teacher Support Network is to merge with its sister charities Recourse and Worklife Support. The new organisation will support all people working in schools, colleges and universities.

Fitness resource

Many primary pupils are below recommended levels of fitness for their age, a study has found.

Framework for Governance

A new Framework for Governance is offering advice and support for governing bodies when it comes to setting the strategic direction of their schools.

Inspirational buildings for education


The Stable Company offers a superb range of stylish and sustainable outdoor buildings for any educational need such as classrooms, gymnasiums, sports halls, libraries, staff rooms and storage

Sovereign launches new play equipment


Sovereign, one of the largest providers of school ground developments in the UK, is launching a new and extensive range of play structures and sensory play facilities for the primary and early years.

Imagination Playground


Imagination Playground is a unique and exciting product designed by internationally acclaimed architect, David Rockwell, specifically to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play.

Guide To: Improving your outdoor play provision

Headteacher Update has this month published a Guide To improving your school's outdoor play equipment. The six-page publication, published alongside our January edition, is a free guide to revamping your outdoor areas, including tips for the full planning and installation process.

Term-time holiday guidance

Detailed guidance on handling requests for term-time holidays has been issued by the National Association of Head Teachers. The document seeks to clarify for school leaders what constitutes “exceptional circumstances” for granting absence during term time.

Sovereign Play Equipment


Sovereign, one of the largest providers of school ground developments in the UK, is launching a new and extensive range of play equipment this spring.

Mesma: Evaluative statements


A meaningful evaluative statement is key to self-assessment – but it must be precise, simple to understand and jargon-free. Carole Loader, director at software specialists Mesma, offers some guidance:

Creating a platform for talent


The Aalborg staff has more than 75 years' experience in the design and supply of staging to schools and understands the need for robust, versatile, adaptable staging that can stand up to school use.

Teamwork and confidence-building with Unistage


SPONSORED PRODUCT: Unistage is much more than steel frames and wooden decks. A Unistage transforms any school, church or village hall into a unique venue where magical moments are shared and memories made and treasured.

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