What could your school achieve in the area of sustainability? Pupils must be encouraged to embrace this concept, says Anne Clarke, who describes her school’s successes

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Development changes in your workforce which make flexible use of vital support staff teams will do much to encourage school improvement in general, believes Brian Rossiter, headteacher of Valley School in Worksop

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Jim Donnelly looks at where schools can make a start on curriculum planning, in the light of the new Secondary National Curriculum which gives teachers a more flexible framework in order to raise standards

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As part of Primary Leadership Focus, Jane Golightly considers the important role that governors play in a primary school, and affirms the importance of a good school-governor partnership

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Michael Segal discusses a case where religious dress was thought to interfere with teaching, clarifying a school’s legal position in this situation somewhat

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The emphasis of school trips is now on risk-aversion, with priority being placed on experience and adventure. But schools should remember that the threat of litigation has not diminished, warns Susie Roome

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Upholding a school’s uniform policy can be difficult legally, in terms of religion and race discrimination of pupils. Richard Gold looks at some example cases, in order to explain the relevant legislation

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Timely fee payments at independent schools can be achieved through a clear fee policy and a watertight contract, but if this fails you may need to go to court. Maggie Moodie explains

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This secondary assembly takes a SEAL perspective and concentrates on forgiveness, using the life and career of Abraham Lincoln as an example of someone who was prepared to restore broken relationships. It encourages students to reflect on how they could restore such relationships themselves

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This e-bulletin discusses LAs having the power to intervene in situations where schools are causing concern, often following an Ofsted inspection

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Need help with planning and executing school trips? The Off the Premises Handbook will help you to run well-planned, efficiently managed, interesting and safe events away from school, that will have a lasting impact on your students

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This citizenship assembly explains the concept of Fairtrade, setting it in the context of what we mean by “fairness” in our dealings with other people.

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Are your pupils thinking? Lynn Cousins looks at practical ways headteachers can encourage thinking skills in the classroom

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Manga is a Japanese style of print cartoon or graphic novel. Angela Youngman looks at how Manga novels might be used to inspire children in school towards an interest in literature

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How do you organise a smooth handover? Having just left headship after 11 years, Suzanne O’Connell discusses why she did it and offers advice to others doing the same

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Roger Smith considers ways to make the role of headteacher more straightforward, and says the best way to achieve this is without additional involvement

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A new school year offers a number of opportunities for headteachers. David White gives tips on how to take advantage, and keep things manageable

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In this assembly Brian Radcliffe invites students to consider the health of their hearts, focussing on the British Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Heart campaign

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This SEAL primary assembly looks at the culture of giving rewards and awards and examines the feelings involved, including jealousy – using the Academy Awards as a discussion point

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Schools need to be redesigned with a focus on relationships in order to raise achievement, says policy adviser Charles Leadbeater

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What powers do teachers actually have when it comes to disruptive pupils at school? Dai Durbridge discusses with reference to the use of force and confiscation

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This assembly examines our concept of the ‘hero’ and considers the extent to which Charles Darwin was heroic in his proposal of the theory of evolution by natural selection

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Clarity of leadership themes is an ambition we should strive for in our schools – in this case, with reference to CPD. Here Jane Golightly looks at two themes to start the discussion – the big picture within the school and outward-looking CPD for multi-agency working

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This SEAL assembly for primary schools aims to educate primary school children on Alzheimers and memory loss in older generations, and encourages them to sympathise with, rather than laugh at, the difficulties it presents them with

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Gill O’Donnell explores more external funding opportunities that school bursars can source in order to spice up their science curriculum

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Team work and the importance of successful school staff team building are the subject of this ezine for primary school leaders by Jane Golightly

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This secondary assembly looks at the negative effects of hatred with reference to the Holocaust Memorial Day, Tuesday 27th January, the theme of which was, “Stand up to hatred!”

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Early years staff perfomance can be reviewed in a simple but effective way as part of an overall quality improvement process

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights has called on the government to adopt a Bill of Rights that goes beyond the existing legislation. Kate Mills looks at the proposals that relate to education

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The Personalisation by Pieces (PbyP) system, a personalised learning scheme to give learners control over their own progression, is being used by forty schools around the UK. Its designer, former deputy head Dan Buckley, shares some of its achievements

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Raising standards and improving pupil progress are at the heart of every school’s work, and the renewed Secondary Frameworks are aimed at helping headteachers and their staff and schools do just that, says Clive Bus, National Strategies National Director, Secondary

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It is important for headteachers to challenge what they feel is an unfair representation of their school, says Anne Clarke

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Richard Bird reflects on the way the current government has tackled education, and imagines a world with no Ofsted or National Curriculum

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How can strong teachers become even better? Headteacher Peter Kent and deputy head Annabel Kay describe the staff support triad system they put in place to help staff learn from and support each other

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Chris Fenton enthuses about the possibilities of reintegrating the curriculum, and making it more creative and relevant to children

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Introducing an excellence leader to their school leadership team can give a headteacher peace of mind, whilst reassuring other staff that school improvement is being led by someone in touch with the classroom

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The DCSF claim their safety and play strategies make children safer than ever in primary schools. But has this increase in health and safety come at the cost of life experience and fun? Suzanne O’Connell investigates

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Schools can have a major role to play to protect children from domestic violence such as ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage. Jenni Whitehead looks at a report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee

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Underachievement and unfulfilled potential in schools is a problem that can spiral out of control for some students. Roger Smith encourages school leadership teams to be more aware of these children

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Beryl Burkitt describes how her school’s multi-professional team (MPT) enables joined-up working and aims to support learners

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Steve Mynard considers the educational tradition of the six week summer holiday, and asks if it is, and whether it should be, under threat

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John Viner reflects on his headship tenure at Draper Mills Primary, in his final article about turning the troubled school around. Here he highlights the importance of the way to deal with people as a way to affect change

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The new National Professional Qualification for Headship pilot is underway. Crispin Andrews talks to one of the first participants

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What is a school’s legal position when it comes to the education of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, and how do teachers protect their education? Michael Segal discusses

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In cases of sexual offence, it is often a school’s duty to educate the perpetrator as well as protect the victim. Yvonne Spencer provides advice on how to balance these competing needs

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This primary PSHEE assembly focuses around the ‘credit crunch’, understanding that, although young children may not understand what it is, they may well have picked up on the negative connotations surrounding it. It therefore attempts to give them advice on how to help at home

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Schools are increasingly turning to Public Finance Initiatives to finance large building projects. Mark Blois looks at how it works

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When a teacher finds it necessary to use force with a pupil it is essential that they are clear on how to use that force — and how much to use — as well as how to deal with the recording and reporting of the incident afterwards

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This SEAL assembly encourages secondary students to consider how words can be the cause of pain and suffering

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