Deputy headteachers Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith consider how school leaders can reinvigorate their G&T programmes so they are an integral part of their school’s success read more

Health and safety is not only essential, it can also be a very useful planning tool if approached sufficiently far in advance of a school event

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The responsibility of SEAL and the development of emotional intelligence ultimately lies with the school, argues headteacher Neil Berry, and can have a real impact on school improvement read more

Gallions Primary School teaches the entire curriculum through the arts, with fantastic results. Co-heads Paul Jackson and Emma McCarthy explain how it’s done read more

Setting targets is no way to improve educational standards, argues former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Richard Bird read more

The role of family link workers is to encourage parents’ participation and interest in school life. Fiona Taylor shares her school’s experience in the benefits of developing this role read more

Pirates, munchkins and football; can you think of interactive ideas to make your lessons more creative? David Morley explains how themes like this can allow you to plan and take ownership of your curriculum, particularly with themed creative events

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Roger Smith considers ways in which headteachers can help their staff make the most of their careers read more

What does the Children’s Plan have to say about shaping up a more emotionally literate education system? read more

Anne Clarke, principal of Benton Park School, discusses the value of departmental SEFs

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Can individual governors really make a difference? Joan Sallis looks at how and why governors should get under the skin of their school read more

Headteacher Kim Sparling shares her school’s experience of the revised reduced tariff inspection, and explains why she found it less stressful than the previous framework read more

Is there a lack of leadership initiative in your governing body? David Marriott looks at the importance of leadership development for governors read more

Recent government legislation has created new opportunities for multi-agency working in addressing and reducing exclusions from schools, says headteacher Neil Berry

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Michele Robbins asks what issues arise most frequently in governor training sessions, and looks at how governors are responding to changes in performance management read more

Some of the key success factors in the development of extended schools provision across a cluster are discussed by Dave Dunkley, headteacher at Coleshill Heath Full Service Extended School in Solihull, and Ruth Shand, lead officer for extended services at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council read more

A number of resources are available when funding school grounds improvements, explains Gill O’Donnell

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The NLE programme, which provides additional leadership to schools in difficulty, is now in its second year. Crispin Andrews meets an NLE headteacher and discusses the role his school is playing read more

The new guidance on restraining pupils is essential reading. Jenni Whitehead discusses the powers it gives and some of the dilemmas it poses

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Angela Youngman explores the problem of achieving maximum security in schools whilst maintaining a pleasant environment read more

The parental fundraising team is a fanstastic resource. Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith look at how to maximise the work it does

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In the first of new series on managing people, Early Years Update looks at the distinction between leadership and management

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The Children’s Plan was launched by Ed Balls in December 2007, but what are the government’s objectives for this initiative?

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Early Years Update looks at the opportunities available for practitioners to gain Early Years Professional Status read more

The support of a school business manager can make all the difference to your next Ofsted inspection, explains Nina Siddle read more

Colleen Cummings examines the evaluation of the the DCSF full service extended schools initiative and some implications for extended schools read more

Effective management of support staff depends on a set of basic systems being in place. Ruth Bradbury looks at how to build teams, define roles and establish effective performance management read more

Michael Segal explains why a clear school complaints procedure is vital

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It is vital to know the new changes to the law — especially if your school is its own admissions authority, writes Ingrid Sutherland

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Headteacher Bernadette O’Brien describes the core themes of extended provision at Priory School and Sports College

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Anne Humble describes the benefits to be gained for nursery schools from participating in the Eco-Schools scheme read more

A £7bn programme will transform 8,000 primary and special schools over the next 15 years. Crispin Andrews looks at some of the innovative projects being planned in the pathfinder schools read more

Deputy headteacher David Morley examines how best to provide feedback, how to prepare for it and how to train others to do it read more

Starting and changing schools are big transitions. Former headteacher Lynn Cousins shares advice on handling these and less common times of change that children experience read more

Ensuring that all pupils can read by the time that they leave primary school is a priority for headteachers across the country. Ben Barton looks at how new technology might make this easier read more

Is the pressure of school life too much for young children? Roger Smith investigates

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School governor and former headteacher Peter Downes takes the long view on what ‘local management’ set out to achieve 25 years ago and where he believes it has gone partially wrong read more

Headteacher Anne Clarke reveals how her personal experience of taking a risk as a headteacher led to success and highlights why risk taking is often vital to school improvement read more

Headteacher David Dixon takes a close look at the philosophy behind elective home education, enshrined in a recent consultation document on guidelines to cover this parental option

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At times the collaborative partnership process for SENCOs and senior leaders in schools can be challenging and time consuming. Rita Cheminais looks at how to establish effective partnerships, and describes a new ECM self-evaluation tool that will help to strengthen partnership working read more

What are the legal restrictions on how we should teach religious studies in school?

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There is a great deal that schools in difference countries can learn from each other about the problems and successes that different approaches to integrating ethnically diverse pupils into schools can offer, says headteacher Neil Berry

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The advantages of being part of a local authority where all schools have specialist status are enormous, as education writer Crispin Andrews found out when he spoke to headteachers in one of them – Plymouth

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While measuring school performance is important, it is vital that the data used is properly understood and that the broader picture is not lost, says headteacher Peter Kent

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Jenni Whitehead provides clarification on when the Data Protection Act applies to photographing and filming students in school, in end of term productions, nativity plays, certificate presentations etc

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Michael Segal reports a case of paternal identity, contact and child protection

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In this final article in our series on marketing and promotion Early Years Update looks at planning and running a marketing campaign read more

Early Years Update looks at ways of making transitions an enjoyable and exciting experience for children and parents read more

Who gets the final say in deciding when a statement of SEN comes to an end? David Ruebain, Chris Barnett and David Wolfe unravel a complex new case read more

When is exclusion for serious misconduct justified, and how careful must a headteacher be in excluding a pupil? read more