Derick Martin gives his view of what schools need to do to get pupils to eat healthy meals regularly

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Sal McKeown reports on how technology can unlock children’s inquisitiveness and really place maths in the power of the learner

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Early Years Update’s practical guide for parents looks at how to have fun with maths

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Quality of teaching is at the core of school improvement. Dave Weston discusses how schools can get it right and what Ofsted are looking for

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Robert Sinclair offers some ideas on how to introduce climate change lessons into the primary classroom, as part of the KS2 geography curriculum

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The NSPCC has conducted a survey into children and young people’s experiences of maltreatment and victimisation. Here, the authors report on its main findings

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Deborah Michel, Robin Banerjee, Nichola Jones and David Davies describe a project to promote emotional wellbeing schools that makes a close link between aspirations, assessment and intervention

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It is timely that the Anti-Bullying Alliance has recently produced guidance specifically aimed at school governors with regard to their role in addressing bullying in schools

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Alison Halford  introduces her diary of a training manager with thoughts on twilight sessions

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Anni McTavish explores how stories can help children express and undertsand their own feelings and those of others, with practical tips for good story books to use

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Caroline Roberts reviews the current situation regarding promotion of support staff and looks at how schools and LAs are facing the cuts in training budgets

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In the Learning Futures project, teachers ‘let go’ of their students’ learning. The results were rich and varied, as the blog entries from participants reveal

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New guidance on the management of allegations is out for consultation. Jenni Whitehead looks at the key points and finds some aspects of them worrying

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Bill Moore describes a project that brought together Philosophy for Children and SEAL to improve learning

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The work of Ofsted comes under scrutiny from the Commons Education Select Committee

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How can the school win whilst keeping costs down?  Peter Woodhouse takes you through the process, from receiving the claim form to presenting your case

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To be successful in school and prepared for life after school, students need to be independent learners. This month’s Case in Point looks at how to develop these skills in classrooms across the school for, as the case study school testifies to, a bolt-on approach is rarely the way to build consistent and comprehensive coverage of independent learning that shows students the relevance of these skills to everyday life, and makes them want to acquire these skills for themselves

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As RE teachers battle to make sure their subject is not marginalised, Elizabeth Holmes highlights a variety of events and resources to promote their professional development

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With its emphasis on the needs of children with the most complex support needs, the green paper appears to return to a medical perspective of special education. We look back to the days before statements of SEN to  consider whether its proposals take us ‘forward to the past’

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Two Ofsted reports later, and geography and history are back in the news. Suzanne O’Connell asks: will the arrival of the English baccalaureate improve their status, or will their clustering as part of ‘humanities’ be their downfall?

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Kathy Roddy offers advice to schools on dealing with the ethical issues raised by some forms of fundraising

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Gifted and talented children are not always able to express themselves well and this can sometimes undermine their true ability. Steve Mynard shares techniques that will help children to become confident and expressive communicators

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Menna Godfrey looks at effective ways of helping young children and families deal with change

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Neil Short considers the recent history of deputy headship as a prelude to discussing the present and future with contemporary deputies

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We cannot be serious all the time: schools need to be exciting stimulating places where people can laugh, have ideas, clash and spark off each other, says David Leat

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Taking a non-directive approach to professional development can help struggling teachers improve their practice, writes Carrie Saint Freedman

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Nick Holt looks at the future for extended services in the new education landscape

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Early Years Update begins a new series of information for parents by looking at the importance of building effective partnerships with parents to support young children’s wellbeing, learning and development

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Dave Weston opens an issue of Primary Headship focused on the challenges for schools posed by the government’s reform agenda with an in-depth analysis of the proposals in the education white paper

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A compelling project of personal significance for students can provide fertile ground for learning. Kayte Judge describes a project that took place across two different settings

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Extended services play a crucial role in ironing out inequalities and helping all children, young people and their families to access a rich network of activities and specialist support. Sandra Teacher explains how schools can ensure their provision is inclusive

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Engaging parents is not always an easy task. Michelle Morgan describes how family partnership training can enable staff to build and maintain purposeful relationships with parents

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The second in our series of CPD notes encourages teachers to reflect on how different teaching styles motivate G&T pupils and meet their learning needs

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Two recent reports warn of the growing problem of the sexual exploitation of young people. Jenni Whitehead examines the reports and their implications for practice

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Neil Griffiths, creator of Storysacks, reflects on the importance of sharing shares with young children and shows how to make story reading a rich and memorable performance

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With schools facing ever-increasing constraints on their finances, getting the most from your CPD budget is more important than ever. Caroline Bentley-Davies offers some useful advice

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Joan Hardy updates readers on her school’s involvement in the silver award of the Arts Council’s Arts Award scheme, which involves them in designing, implementing and evaluating a particular arts challenge

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Peter Kent looks at the prospect of higher university tuition fees for students at his school, and worries about how it will affect their decisions on their future. Will removing the cap on tuition fees put some young people off going to university altogether, despite academic ability?

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David Morley shares his experience of raising his school’s attendance levels through tackling parents who take their children out of school too often

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The new Act consolidates the law, but also contains important new provisions that schools managers should take on board, says Tony Hyams-Parish

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To be successful in advancing teaching and learning, staff development should follow a cycle, argues Sara Bubb as she looks at different levels of CPD activity and effective ways to develop these

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With the internet now a central part of most pupils’ lives – at school and at home, guarding against online dangers and those who seek to exploit young people’s vulnerability is a must. Paul Ainsworth gives a step-by step guide to training for e-safety

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More training and support is needed to accommodate autism in mainstream schools, according to  the NfER’s new report, Autism and Educational Assessment: UK Policy and Practice

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The best solutions to any uncertainty, says Josephine Smith, are often those that can be found close to home. Here, she suggests how school leaders can steady the ship and ensure that there is no loss in staff motivation as another period of change gets underway

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Gill O’Donnell finds ways to go shopping for extra school funds

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In contrast with CPD that is imposed on teachers with little regard to their practical needs, Alison Barnes outlines a collaborative approach that enables G&T coordinators to formulate, implement and evaluate creative solutions to their colleagues’ training requirements

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Risk is a hot topic in education, and the source of a great deal of professional confusion and anxiety. Tim Gill charts a way through the stormy waters towards a more thoughtful, balanced approach

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Steve Mynard analyses the recent comprehensive spending review and considers the implications for heads and schools

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