Josephine Smith and Paul Ainsworth describe how school financial managers can contribute to school improvement by becoming involved in class observation and work scrutiny

Cliff Jones invites readers to challenge the meanings of words and concepts with more definitions of terms in current use and questions to stimulate discussion

SENCOs have an important role to play in providing continuing professional development for their colleagues in schools. A recent Ofsted survey lists recommendations for improving practice.

Neil Short looks at methods for supporting colleagues more effectively in the performance management process.

In her second article on training, Sally Eaton looks at some everyday opportunities.

The discussion about whether managers are leaders or managers (or both) is being overtaken by a new conception of the role of a manager – that of a manager/coach.

Philippa Bogle compares and contrasts facilitation, coaching, mentoring and counselling

The Teacher Support Network has set up an online advice, information and support service for teachers. This will supplement the existing telephone service, which offers counselling to around 17,000 teachers and lecturers every year.

Rina Barkol shows the importance of mentoring for women’s careers through her case study of Nira, an Israeli principal, who inspired a dozen teachers to become independent principals.