Business managers and bursars are ideally placed to help their schools develop more robust approaches to fundraising, argue Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith

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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

Early Years Update focuses on the importance of the personal and physical safety of babies, toddlers and three- to five-year-old children. This is part of a range of practical ideas to underpin the information in the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles into Practice cards

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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

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

What can be achieved by SEAL over three years? Educational psychologist Cate Summers takes a look at results in the London Borough of Westminster 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

Julie Leoni, emotional literacy coordinator at The Marches School, explores how we help young people to understand the difference between aggressive power and positive power

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Invite your pupils to become published music critics with the Bachtrack Young Reviewer programme 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

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

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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Working in a multi-agency environment to positively engage targeted young people, Paul Rogers explains why no two days are ever the same

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With increasing pressure to deliver personalised learning, John Blanchard offers strategies for putting it into practice where it counts: the classroom

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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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Deputy head Betty Port discusses how she looked at restructuring lessons to transform and advance learning across her school

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

Mosac is a London-based charity that supports non-abusing parents and carers of children who have been sexually abused. Julia Webb-Harvey provides a case study to illustrate its work read more

In early years especially, boys should not be forced into a “girl-like” model of learning, explains Steve Mynard

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Chris Jenkins looks at provisions in the Young Persons Bill to increase the educational attainment and quality of welfare of chidren in care

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Legal case notes: Re: A (Residence Order) [2007] EWCA Civ 899, CA read more

Primary learning mentor Ayub Malik explains why he is proud to be working with children experiencing barriers to learning

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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

Early Years Update focuses on the importance of inclusion with babies, toddlers and three- to five-year-old children. This is part ofa range of practical ideas to underpin the information in the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles into Practice cards

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Early years practitioners have used ICT to support young children’s learning in diverse ways, writes Julie Steer

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Crispin Andrews looks at how staff at two children’s centres are reaping the benefits of information communication technology

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Yvonne Spencer explains why forced marriage is a human rights abuse and should always invoke child protection procedure within a school

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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

The rulings of two recent legal cases indicate that an SEN pupil’s attitude and application will now be key in assessing educational negligence claims, writes Mark Blois 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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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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Gill O’Donnell describes funding available from the organisation Youth Music

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Ruth Bradbury considers the relationship and boundaries between the roles of school business manager and teaching and learning leader read more

John Blanchard looks at the importance of distinguishing underachievers and slow learners and gives examples of techniques and tactics you can use to help pupils reach their potential

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Improving your gifted and talented provision depends on being able to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in your current approach. The Institutional Quality Standards (IQS) is a self-evaluation tool for doing just that, and supports the introduction of personalised education across the whole school, writes Deborah Eyre read more

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