Chris Fenton discusses the benefits of working towards the International School Award, and how it can be used to build teamwork in improving schools and impact professional development

The NCSL is doing much more than training the next generation of heads, as Crispin Andrews discovers when speaking to Paul Bennett

What are the essential characteristics for a school leader? Roger Smith reflects on what leadership is and what makes it work

Analysing how critical leadership roles are being performed in your school can be a worthwhile exercise, says Richard Bird, former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

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

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

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

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

Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith argue that it is increasingly important for school finance managers – especially those aspiring to lead schools – to understand the process of teaching and learning

The headteacher is absent: every deputy head’s nightmare or a chance to show your true potential? David Morley looks at what to do when a headteacher is away from school ‘for a short while’ or ‘for the foreseeable future’

John Jackson looks at a new approach to leadership that puts the emphasis on integrity

Many school leaders don’t have professional development portfolios. David Morley looks at the benefits of creating one for yourself and the pitfalls to avoid

Cliff Jones reviews a report revealing the positive impact of postgraduate professional development

Barbara Spender outlines the benefits for students that can come from schools collaborating with each other in a formal partnership where staff give mutual support and share resources

Petra Luck describes the benefits of learning alongside colleagues from around Europe.

How can school leaders and managers create an environment in which highly effective work can take place at all levels and all times? Former deputy head John Jackson suggests an approach.

Peter Kent, headteacher of Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, and his deputy Annabel Kay, describe how a new model of ‘professional friendship’ has reaped dividends at their school.

In the October issue of CPD Update we published a version of the bridging assignment designed to convert work done on NPQH into Masters level credit.

Cliff Jones guides CPD leaders/coordinators on how to add value for aspiring heads.

School culture is a term that curriculum managers are having to pay more attention to in nearly all areas of their job. But how do you identify what culture prevails in your school, understand the implications this has for your curriculum leadership, and from there make changes for the better? Jon Prosser, Director of International Education Management at the University of Leeds, shows how.