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

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

It is vital to know the new changes to the law — especially if your school is its own admissions authority, writes Ingrid Sutherland

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Headteacher Bernadette O’Brien describes the core themes of extended provision at Priory School and Sports College

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The contribution of support staff to student achievement must be recognised and promoted, says Paul Ainsworth read more

Anne Humble describes the benefits to be gained for nursery schools from participating in the Eco-Schools scheme read more

A £7bn programme will transform 8,000 primary and special schools over the next 15 years. Crispin Andrews looks at some of the innovative projects being planned in the pathfinder schools read more

Deputy headteacher David Morley examines how best to provide feedback, how to prepare for it and how to train others to do it read more

Angela Youngman looks at some innovative ideas to get children moving read more

Starting and changing schools are big transitions. Former headteacher Lynn Cousins shares advice on handling these and less common times of change that children experience read more

Ensuring that all pupils can read by the time that they leave primary school is a priority for headteachers across the country. Ben Barton looks at how new technology might make this easier read more

Is the pressure of school life too much for young children? Roger Smith investigates

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Headteacher David Dixon takes a close look at the philosophy behind elective home education, enshrined in a recent consultation document on guidelines to cover this parental option

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At times the collaborative partnership process for SENCOs and senior leaders in schools can be challenging and time consuming. Rita Cheminais looks at how to establish effective partnerships, and describes a new ECM self-evaluation tool that will help to strengthen partnership working read more

What are the legal restrictions on how we should teach religious studies in school?

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Mark Blois provides an update and overview on governing body structure and the complex demands made of governors – and possible changes on the horizon read more

There is a great deal that schools in difference countries can learn from each other about the problems and successes that different approaches to integrating ethnically diverse pupils into schools can offer, says headteacher Neil Berry

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The advantages of being part of a local authority where all schools have specialist status are enormous, as education writer Crispin Andrews found out when he spoke to headteachers in one of them – Plymouth

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While measuring school performance is important, it is vital that the data used is properly understood and that the broader picture is not lost, says headteacher Peter Kent

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School governor and former headteacher Peter Downes takes the long view on what ‘local management’ set out to achieve 25 years ago and where he believes it has gone partially wrong read more

Headteacher Anne Clarke reveals how her personal experience of taking a risk as a headteacher led to success and highlights why risk taking is often vital to school improvement read more

Schools, colleges and early years settings are seen as having a major role to play in the plans and policies set forward in this new document read more

Ofsted is using the five ECM outcomes as key points in primary school inspections. Dave Weston looks at how schools are supporting the outcomes and gives advice on preparing for inspection read more

Steve Mynard, editor of Primary Headship, considers the practicalities of helping young children to develop higher-order questioning skills read more

School data is an exceptionally valuable asset and schools are not doing enough to safeguard it. Mark Hoyland talks us through the issue read more

Lindsey Wharmby puts cost prediction and risk assessment under the spotlight

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Who gets the final say in deciding when a statement of SEN comes to an end? David Ruebain, Chris Barnett and David Wolfe unravel a complex new case read more

When is exclusion for serious misconduct justified, and how careful must a headteacher be in excluding a pupil? read more

David Storrie describes a course on learning outside the classroom that has allowed teachers to critically examine their school grounds

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Ann Briggs, professor of educational leadership at Newcastle University, examines the issues surrounding the current policy drive towards creating ‘partnerships’ read more

Guy Claxton invites debate on his eight character strengths and virtues for the learning age

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While academies have some characteristics of maintained schools, they retain independent status in law. So which rules apply? Richard Gold clarifies read more

A headteacher was fined £12,500 after a boy died at school. What does this mean for educators? Hazel Padmore investigates

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A raft of small changes add up to important new duties for all parties to the exclusion process. Ingrid Sutherland runs through what you need to know, in part two of this series

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Pauline Holbrook, national inclusion coordinator for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, talks to SENCO Update about the nature and role of specialist SEN schools and gives advice on how to make the most of the expertise within them and the services they provide

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Headteacher Neil Berry takes a look at the vital part that human resource management plays in a school leader’s working life read more

Headteacher Brian Rossiter outlines his experience of seeking to take advantage of the variety of alternative qualifications available to boost his school’s headline statistics, while at the same time preparing individual pathways into the world of work for his students read more

Steve Smith, former deputy headteacher at a technology college and now business development director for education at ICT specialist Ramseys, looks at the technological challenges and opportunities that extended service schools present

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