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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Modern technology has spawned a variety of new media — but with benefits come serious dangers. Kris Lines explains duties to keep staff and pupils safe

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Managing a curriculum fit for the future involves juggling many key tasks – from handling cultural change, dealing with complexity and creating the right relationships for change, as Dave Allman explains

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The Future Leaders programme aims to address educational disadvantage by offering accelerated leadership training to teachers in urban schools, explains Sir Iain Hall

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Student interviewers may not have the same priorities as school leaders but they still have useful insights to share, says Peter Kent

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James Croft looks at ways to tighten up on your spending on ICT

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School councils are becoming more influential in primaries. Neil Short discusses the implications and shares examples of just how far children can go in leading their own learning

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In a new report, Fulfilling potential, the business role in education, the UK’s largest employers’ body, the CBI, welcomed the coalition government’s reforms for expanding the number of academies and enabling new schools to be set up, which it considers should lead to greater innovation in the classroom

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A violent case of race-conflict has brought schools’ legal duties into the spotlight, writes Kris Lines

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Our future economy and society is going to depend on creative individuals if it is to thrive. So while the position of creativity within the new Government’s future curriculum has still not been laid out in detail, one thing is certain: young people are always going to need creative skills. So this month’s Case in Point focuses on how to embed creativity in all learning activity to achieve joined-up thinking that will benefit students, staff and the whole school, with this case study illustrating how to achieve this in practice

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It is time for policy-makers to understand why disadvantage has such negative implications for children’s learning, argues Bernard Barker

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With several years of membership of SLTs across different school phases, as well as mentoring and training school business managers, Nickii Messer uses her experience to provide invaluable tried and tested tips on how to enjoy being a member of the senior leadership team

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Are free schools the ‘must have’ solution to a failing education system or an unecessary and costly gamble? Suzanne O’Connell talks to a prospective provider to find out more

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As the government prepares to introduce new guidance on the use of force, Dai Durbridge examines current problems for school staff in interpreting the law

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Young people from Bridgwater were given the opportunity to perform alongside Alexandra Burke at Twickenham through their involvement in a dance project. Mike King reports

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Registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme was placed on hold in June. Lawyers Yvonne Spencer and Christine Betts explain schools’ current obligations and consider what changes the new government’s review could bring in

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Suzanne O’Connell considers the rise of the academy and its escalating rate of reproduction

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The majority of teenagers are vulnerable to online molestors and we need to help them understand the specific risks, says Jenni Whitehead

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New research has highlighted the benefits of the Common Assessment Framework in helping agencies work together to provide positive outcomes for families

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What can curriculum managers be doing to secure more widespread effective use of ICT to transform teaching and learning in their school context? Research from Becta offers potential solutions

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A combination of Liberal and Tory policy has created a framework for the newly named Department for Education to work with. Roger Smith looks at the key policies

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What are the pros and cons of switching status under the new law? And what steps do you take if you decide to go ahead? Ingrid Sutherland explains

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How can schools develop an effective department or faculty review system, asks Paul Ainsworth

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While the future direction of education policy hangs in the balance Dave Weston argues the case for keeping the creative ethos of recent primary reviews very much in mind

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Tracey Eldridge-Hinmers looks at how changes to the guidance will affect schools’ duties in relation to information sharing and the prevention of bullying

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Early Years Update provides a structure to help early years practitioners draw up their own policy documents to guide the organisation and management of their setting

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The new Department for Education demonstrates the unfamiliar look of coalition politics with Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather taking on the role of Minister of State for Children and Families under the new Conservative Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove

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The school business manager is an important member of a school’s SLT – but can face difficulties being accepted as such. Ruth Bradbury offers advice on overcoming these barriers

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