In a letter to the DfES in May Universities Council for Education of Teachers (UCET) expressed concern that teachers working in city academies do not need to be members of the General Teaching Council (GTC).

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The Secondary Heads Association has called for improved contracts for headteachers to make it more expensive and more difficult for governing bodies and LEAs to sack them. read more

In a letter to the DfES in May Universities Council for Education of Teachers (UCET) expressed concern that teachers working in city academies do not need to be members of the General Teaching Council (GTC). read more

Helen Hann considers how we can support children in the learning of maths from early years, by nurturing their emerging mathematical concepts and understanding

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Small children can get quite noisy and frenetic. It can take time to calm them down. Angela Youngman investigated one very popular method – to teach the children to give and receive simple massage. read more

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

The Association of Children’s Hospices (ACH) – the national voice for children’s hospice services – asks schools to celebrate 25 years of children’s hospice care through the Butterfly Swimathon. read more

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. read more

There are many theories about boys’ underachievement in our education system, but it’s important that schools are given direct, practical ways to tackle it at ground level read more

The interim results of a pioneering study involving 60 toddlers in Durham have provided impressive evidence of the effects of omega-3 oil on children’s learning abilities. read more

Whether you’re writing your first G&T policy or need to update your current one, what do you need to include? G&T Update editor Jane West explains read more

Gifted and talented strand coordinator Sue Sayer describes her work as leader for G&T and creativity for her excellence cluster and explains how a Classroom of the Future has influenced the teaching and learning of pupils in the Camborne, Pool and Redruth Success Zone read more

Such is the anticipated durability of the West End musical Billy Elliot that a special school has been established in Leeds to train talented youngsters for the show read more

During the academic year 2004-05, the London Borough of Lambeth developed an imaginative and creative partnership with GIFT to offer enrichment courses for gifted and talented primary and secondary students, held in local museums and galleries. Rosemary Butcher explains read more

John Senior looks at an approach that will help G&T students develop creative thinking

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Primary strand coordinator for G&T Joy Blaker explains how schools in Rotherham approach the issue of identifying their most able pupils. read more

Quality standards are the new buzzwords in school self-evaluation for G&T coordinators. But what’s the difference between an audit and self-evaluation – and how do you do it? Jane West explains. read more

Empowering students by developing their understanding of how they learn. read more

Why do we need to celebrate? Is there a pattern common to both religious festivals and secular festivals and celebration? read more

Black and Wiliam (often mispelled as Black and William, with two ‘L’s) developed a radical approach to learning, as Charles Dietz reports

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Writer and consultant Barry Hymer explains why he thinks G&T education needs to rethink some commonly used policies. read more

The able, gifted and talented continue to make strides at the first school to receive NACE’s Challenge Award, as deputy headteacher and G&T coordinator David Futerman explains read more

Former headmaster Neil Short examines the first stage of the PM cycle – planning. read more

All policies should be discussed with those who will be involved in carrying them out and should be easy to understand so that they are not interpreted in different ways. Here we look at how to write an effective behaviour policy

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SENCOs will find two recent publications helpful for developing dyslexia-friendly schools – one for adult literacy and numeracy skills, the other from the primary national strategy

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Groupwork needs a bigger role in classroom practice, according to the findings of the SPRinG (Social Pedagogic Research into Groupwork) project, carried out over five years by researchers at the universities of London, Cambridge and Brighton. read more

To mark Martin Luther King day, students wrote poems on social responsibility themes

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Carole Farrar, an experienced early years headteacher, takes you through the process of appointing new staff members

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What are our responsibilities when asked to give medicine to children? Mary Mahoney examines this issue, with a focus on working with younger children

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Archaeologist and teacher John Crossland, describes how you can use an historic site with Foundation Stage children. read more

Help children to understand what risk actually is and the part they can play in minimising risk and doing things safely. Margaret Collins describes how children can learn to be risk assessors at school

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Neil Short looks at the second and third stages of the PM cycle: monitoring and review. read more

Sally Eaton examines the benefits of CPD and the line manager’s role in implementing it. read more

British Gymnastics’ play programme helps young children develop physical skills. Jo Prescott and Liz Liebman explain how

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Did the referee mean to praise the candidate or warn you off? Is a string of previous jobs a negative factor? Headteacher Carole Farrar looks at how to weigh up the information when appointing early years staff. read more

Bob Jelley, former head and now supply teacher, argues that success in improving school attendance lies in the hands of the encouragers, persuaders and mentors. read more

Most schools have not kept up with what management information systems can do for them, says education writer and former headteacher Gerald Haigh. Here he illustrates how they can make more of equipment they already have in school. read more

A free training seminar on gambling education will take place in London on 10 May 2007. The seminar is being organised by Tacade, a leading charity working in the field of PSHCE. read more

Teacher absences can cause financial difficulties. There is no easy solution to the problem of supply cover costs, but more effective management can reduce negative impacts. Ruth Bradbury shares her advice

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A new book from Chris Kington Publishing is ‘highly recommended’ and wins Silver at the GA Awards. read more

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