Some believe that a fashion for school staff “clean-outs” when new headteachers take over is resulting in experience and knowledge being lost from the system. Former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Richard Bird, discusses

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SEAL can help young people develop values that will enable them to address challenges in life, says trainer, school improvement partner and former headteacher Jackie Beere

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Having an in-school social worker offers informed on-hand support to children and families all year round, says headteacher Neil Wilson, who here discusses the multi-agency teams that his school uses

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Michael Segal looks at a legal case where the parents’ religious beliefs demanded that their children have home schooling

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Schools that are properly prepared for employment tribunal hearings can minimise cost and maximise their likelihood of success, writes Tamara Ludlow

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Although difficult at times, it is important that schools make a stance on what counts as social behaviour, says headteacher Neil Berry

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School business managers and bursars can play a key role in ensuring their schools establish efficient and effective visual learning environments

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Problems with behaviour can be managed by building a pastoral team, with the help of an excellence cluster. So discovered headteacher John Viner in his second article in a series on bringing Drapers Mills Primary school out of special measures

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Sarah Erwin-Jones discusses the growing problem of cyberbullying towards both pupils and staff, and looks at schools’ legal obligations

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Graham Handscomb and John MacBeath put forward the case for teacher enquiry and benefits of research engagement for professional learning

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How do you create meaningful and sustainable relationships with parents? Dr Jean de Rijke, developer of the Effective Partnerships with Parents (EPPa) strategy, shares her expertise

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Delivering different pathways within your core curriculum can enable pupils of varying abililties and skills to follow a personalised learning route, say deputy headteachers Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith

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Does your governing body help your school remain accountable, and therefore more efficient? Stephen Adamson looks at how this should be done

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Bringing your school catering in-house can have benefits for your school finances while at the same time creating a better experience for students

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Jo McShane invite readers to consider multi-agency or multi-professional working with schools from the perspective of an enthusiastic apprentice, who realises the value that ‘joined-up thinking’ offers

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This Legal Expertise examines schools’ legal obligations in the area of internet usage, offering ideas for managing the risks involved

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In a move away from strict liability in terms of accidents at school, the courts have said that they are sometimes nobody’s fault. Kris Lines explains

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Educational professionals must learn to positively affect the attitude and behaviour of their students, and encourage compliance, by making their requests polite at the same time as making it clear that they are instructions to be carried out

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A 14 year old schoolgirl school turns her interest in horse riding and her talent for writing into a major fund raising project for the Riding for the Disabled Association

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This free resource looks at the National Healthy School Standard (NHSS) programme, and the objectives relevant to the promotion of racial equality in schools

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This free resource outlines the first two recommended steps in evaluating your school for improvement

With the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) due to launch at the end of 2009, Chris Webb-Jenkins takes a look at the practical implications of the complete overhaul of our vetting and barring system

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How does a school ensure that its website does not inadvertently break the law, or compromise the safety and privacy of its pupils? Susie Roome considers the relevant law and provides some practical advice on how to limit the risks to your school and pupils from the content of your school website

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As a generation of teachers near the end of their careers the role of leadership development becomes an increasingly important one, as this issue of CPD Week explains

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New technology has made virtual schooling an option for pupils unable or unwilling to attend the ‘real’ thing. Sal McKeown discovers what’s on offer

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Although most children enjoy keeping pets, some may overlook the cruelty being inflicted when animals are kept that, although particularly cute, are also particularly unsuited to living out of their natural habitat. This primary assembly explores this danger with the children

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ICT can help teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) through the use of websites, CD-ROMS and DVDs, explains Cheryl Instan-Smith

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In 2006, 12% of children in care achieved A*-C GCSE grades, compared with 59% of all children. The education of looked-after children is the responsibility of local authorities, says Anne Clarke, and there is no one-stop solution to meeting their needs

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Should we be encouraging school business managers and bursars to progress into headship? Ruth Bradbury, who speaks on financial management at schools, voices her thoughts on the subject, as do three School Financial Management readers

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How can a virtual learning environment (VLE) in your school be used to raise pupil attainment, while complementing other school initiatives? Deputy heads Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Amith have some suggestions

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If a school is placed in special measures, it can be a long road turning it around. Headteacher John Viner starts a series on the journey of Drapers Mills Primary school to become a warm and welcoming place where students can thrive

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Jenni Whitehead looks at a document she believes to be essential reading for those working with disabled children, which can be used to audit your school’s safeguarding provision

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Being a headteacher is “fantastic and rewarding” says secondary headteacher Kim Sparling, who dismisses the notion that the top leadership role in schools is losing its appeal for many in her profession

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How do you implement a whole-school anti-bullying policy? Headteacher Mark Vickers describes how Manhood Community College in West Sussex got everybody involved in the shaping of theirs during a campaign to stop bullying

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Mark Chaplin shares insight into how primary headteachers can design a questionnaire for parents that will help them carry out effective self-evaluation at their primary school

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Providing continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within school walls can have huge benefits, says headteacher Neil Berry

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Emotional literacy coordinator Julie Leoni pays tribute to a late colleague, and reflects on what she learned from her about emotionally literate leadership

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This assembly for primary schools discusses the Battle of Britain, in particular focusing on the Polish RAF Pilot Janusz Zurakowsk. It teaches primary children elements of British history, as well as bringing to their attention the stories there are to hear, and lessons there are to learn, from older generations

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This e-bulletin looks at the legal implications of The Children’s Plan and considers the impact it will have on schools

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There is a difference between doing your best and being the best. This secondary assembly discusses the distinction in light of the recent successes of Great Britain’s Olympic team, and reminds students that doing their best is good enough

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This free resource is part of a series to help to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here looking at the benefits of developing a formal whole-school policy to encourage parental participation

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here exploring why communication is at the heart of engaging parents

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this case looking at how to best utilise parents who are keen to become involved in their children’s school

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This free resource is part of a CPD series to help increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this instance presenting a case study where partnerships with parents are a central focus for one school

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This assembly will help your key stage 1 pupils understand the circumstances and humility of Christ’s birth. It also links the custom of giving gifts to the story of the first Christmas

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Happy slapping is a fad among teenagers and older children. An unsuspecting victim is assaulted, and this is recorded by the attacker’s accomplice(s). This resource focuses on the serious implications of such violent behaviour and will help to ensure that pupils are aware of the damage it can cause, as well as the consequences

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Starting school is an anxious time for both early years children and parents. School leaders and home-school coordinators need to be aware of their anxieties in order to ease the transition process

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This assembly focuses on Buddhism and the importance of reflection. It tells a story of how advice from a Buddhist monk, makes Gemma realise that she is becoming a bully, and needs to take action to put this right

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This resource provides a comprehensive guide for writing a successful Gifted and Talented (G&T) policy. Useful templates are included

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This free assembly encourages students to admire the development of Beijing in preparation for the Olympic Games, but also to be aware of the cost to the community

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