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

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A-Z of school life examines maintaining the momentum, sorting out the important from the not important, making the most of opportunities, people and questions, questions, Jane Golightly has written extensively on school improvement and has more than 30 years experience in primary educationuestions

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This week, the A-Z of school life continues to examine some of the vital parts of your role as school leader, including inclusion and knowing your school

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The first in a A-Z series examining important, but sometimes overlooked, aspects of your role in managing your school

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Children’s centres, multi-agency teams and other schools are valuable resources for every educational setting. This issue looks at how partnerships can help you to work towards the best outcomes for children

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This issue looks at the differences between leadership and management, and examines the skills and dispositions involved these vital aspects of your work

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Jane Golightly starts the term by asking – are you making the most of yourself as a school leader? – and offers examples of best practice to measure yourself against

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In the third of our e-bulletins about staffing, we look at how senior leaders should tackle the sometimes difficult, but important issue of underperformance of staff

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Schools can do their best for each child only if families and carers are involved in children’s learning. Jane Golightly considers the reasons why some schools are great at involving families, while others struggle

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Jane Golightly asks, how well do you know your school, are you a visible leader, and advises on how to rectify both

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Jane Golightly gives advice on how to keep your priorities in sight when using data to focus on your school improvement

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Former headteacher Jane Golightly discusses how to be a successful leader by detailing what she thinks are important school leadership skills – including being resilient and flexible

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When carrying out your school’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policy, is it vital that you follow up and act upon your findings in order to make the process effective, says Jane Golightly

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Jane Golightly, author of Primary Leadership Focus, welcomes those in primary school leadership to a new school year and gives ‘back to basics’ advice on school policy

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What five things should you never say in a school setting? Former headteacher Jane Golightly discusses five comments that she advises senior leadership to steer clear of in order to maintain positive school leadership

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During the summer term, Primary Leadership Focus will discuss some of the different aspects of school improvement that can be improved with a thorough ‘spring clean’; beginning with attitudes to learning

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About to embark on your first post as headteacher? Hafise Nazif, a headteacher in the London Borough of Havering, reflects on her first year of headship and offers some personal but common-sense survival tips

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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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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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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 range of tools aims to help senior leadership teams begin powerful learning conversations between parents, students and school, to get parents to think about at-home involvement

Primary headteachers should strive for a consistent approach to school improvement. Jane Golightly explores this process, explaining why you need to consider Who, What and How when following your vision

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How does it feel to end a long period as headteacher? After 18 years in the role, secondary headteacher Anne Clarke describes her feelings as she approaches the end of her career and considers what she will, and will not, miss

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What is your vision for your school? Jane Golightly discusses the factors important in developing a real, responsive vision for your school, and explains how a clear vision can help to create a common purpose

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School improvement can be a challenging aspect of primary headship. The first issue of our e-bulletin Primary Leadership Focus gives primary headteachers practical suggestions and takes a common sense approach to school improvement

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Should we be encouraging school business managers and bursars to progress into headship? Ruth Bradbury, who speaks on financial management at schools, voices her thoughts on the subject, as do three School Financial Management readers

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Emotional literacy coordinator Julie Leoni pays tribute to a late colleague, and reflects on what she learned from her about emotionally literate leadership

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Improving pupils’ leadership skills can have a positive impact on many areas of school life and PESS provides a key opportunity to develop, hone and improves them, explains Jill Wyatt

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Analysing how critical leadership roles are being performed in your school can be a worthwhile exercise, says Richard Bird, former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) read more

What are the essential characteristics for a school leader? Roger Smith reflects on what leadership is and what makes it work read more

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

In the first of new series on managing people, Early Years Update looks at the distinction between leadership and management

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Early Years Update looks at the opportunities available for practitioners to gain Early Years Professional Status 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

Joan Sallis gives advice for governing bodies on appointing a headteacher read more

From taking assemblies to sharing your professional expertise, there are many ways for business managers to raise the profile of their work. Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith explain how to make a bigger contribution and climb the career ladder at the same time read more

The headteacher is absent: every deputy head’s nightmare or a chance to show your true potential? David Morley looks at what to do when a headteacher is away from school ‘for a short while’ or ‘for the foreseeable future’

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Headteacher Anne Clark looks at why it is so important for schools to establish effective links with outside agencies

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The advantages of having a ‘blended’ senior leadership team are explained by Ray Chatwin and Maggie Turner, directors of school leadership and management training specialists SISU Professional read more

Richard Bird, former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) looks at the part that the old head can play in helping the new head to be successful read more

Everyone seems to be a constructivist these days, but what do people mean by ‘constructivism’ and what are the implications for education? read more

A major new report could herald a new era in the leadership of schools, paving the way for the first headteachers to be appointed from finance, not teaching backgrounds read more

Schools’ relationships with the media are increasingly important. Brian Rossiter, headteacher of Valley School, Worksop, North Nottinghamshire describes his approach read more

Vision into Practice – Ensuring Every Child Matters is a self-evaluation tool for inclusive learning. Trish Lowson, school link officer for Inclusive Learning at Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, explains read more

How can you make judgements about the performance of your assistants when they are in the room working alongside a teacher/ practitioner? Kevin Bullock provides one solution read more

How do you respond if a parent starts complaining about your setting or your staff? Steve Mynard advises that you start with prevention

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