We outline the key child safety issues to be born in mind when recruiting staff and explain the financial implications of getting it wrong. read more

Richard Bird, former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), looks at the different interpretations of personalised learning and what they might mean in practice. read more

Children can be affected by domestic abuse in many ways. Jenni Whitehead gives guidance on how schools can provide help for pupils and their families. read more

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is working on a new standard aimed at making school trips abroad safer. read more

Ruth Bradbury explains why it is vital to create development plans for support staff in schools, and outlines a range of practical measures to make the process more manageable in your own school. read more

The Early Support programme seeks to improve the quality, consistency and coordination of services for young disabled children and their families. A new report examines its effectiveness. read more

Pete Saunders, chief executive and founder of NAPAC, describes how the charity helps survivors of abuse come to terms with their traumatic histories. read more

Forthcoming changes will require education professionals to engage with and influence policy. Cliff Jones presents a framework to help CPD leaders develop a comprehensive approach to these challenges. read more

Joanne Haine, foundation stage coordinator at Baring Primary School in London, describes how innovative use of ICT made assessment exciting for children and practitioners alike. read more

Sara Bubb of the Institute of Education in London discusses the implications of research into adult learning for their professional development. read more

Antidote development director Marilyn Tew describes what she learned from a recent seminar on how music education affects student wellbeing. read more

If your school hit the headlines, how would you cope? Education Bradford’s press and communications officer Paul Parker has some tips. read more

A new report, published by ECPAT, exposes serious flaws in legislation protecting vulnerable children from British sex offenders who travel abroad. read more

Jenni Whitehead looks at signs that show a young person may be at risk of abuse. read more

James Park, director of Antidote, explains the benefits for everyone in creating and leading an emotionally literate school and shows how it can be done. read more

Publishing research is an excellent form of professional development says Stephen Merrill. read more

Patricia Lee continues her exploration of music for young children. read more

Every school has a general duty of care for all of the children in its care. This extends to ensuring children’s safety on the internet. read more

How can assessment be used as a tool for improving learning and achievement for all pupils? What do you need to do differently for your more able pupils? read more

We all know that learning to read is a very important step for any child to make, but how can we be sure that we are offering children the best introduction to this skill. Roger Hurn unpicks some of the issues currently under debate. read more

Nick Smurthwaite investigates current developments in radio for young children. read more

Margo Turnbull explores the development of children’s communication skills, by focusing on the role of the practitioner. read more

Helen MR Hann suggests strategies to help children transfer into the foundation stage. read more

Leonora Davies, chair of the Music Education Council, talks to Nick Smurthwaite about the vital role of music and movement in early years development. read more

Angela Youngman finds out what is possible if you want to introduce a modern foreign language in your setting. read more

In her second article on training, Sally Eaton looks at some everyday opportunities. read more

A quality assurance scheme is an ideal way to help you improve the care you offer children and families: What is involved? Hayley Doyle of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) explains. read more

A new study guide by Quakers makes a valuable contribution to peace, finds Brian Walker. read more

Dr Diane Bebbington and Eileen Burke examine the effects of unsupported language difficulties. read more

Dr Hugh Starkey discusses two pilot CPD courses, part of a new DfES initiative on citizenship. read more

The idea of using quantitative measures to evaluate students’ personal and social development can arouse considerable anxiety. James Park, director of Antidote, argues that there is a way. read more

David Cattell explores the comparative strengths of vertical and horizontal systems of pastoral care. read more

Dr Anjana Khatwa and Richard Edmonds raise questions about fossil collecting and how to maintain environments for a sustainable future. read more

Mike Walton examines the latest developments in the government’s efforts to make increased youth volunteering a reality. read more

Karen Garvin of ActionAid explains how the My Friend Needs A Teacher initiative helps students learn that they have the power to make the world a better place. read more

Dr Susan Johnson explains how the UK’s bid to make Charles Darwin’s home a World Heritage Site will help to maintain biodiversity. read more

Petra Luck describes the benefits of learning alongside colleagues from around Europe. read more

Pat Barnes, education consultant and former head, urges headteachers to take a fresh look at their work/life balance. read more

Roger Smith explains the background to the Common Assessment Framework and how you can make it work in your school. read more

Following the publication of a report by Eleanor Stobart, the Government has announced an increase in action to tackle child abuse linked to accusations of ‘possession’ and ‘witchcraft’. read more

Raising awareness and dismissing myths is critical in establishing self-harm support groups says Steve Matthews of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. read more

Jenni Whitehead welcomes a valuable lifeline for adults living with the legacy of childhood abuse. read more

A recent survey by the Drinkaware Trust draws attention to the lack of information that 11-16 receive on the dangers of drinking. read more

Most LEAs ask schools to fill in some type of referral form. This prompt sheet will help you bring together all necessary information before picking up the phone. read more

Researchers based at the University of Bristol are examining the support for children with complex communication needs – in both mainstream and special schools – to express their views and make decisions for themselves. read more

The Special Educational Needs Regional Partnerships (SEN RPs) have made a substantial and marked contribution to the government’s agenda regarding provision for pupils with SEN, according to a report* from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). read more

The guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children’ is highly relevant to SENCOs. read more

Based on his keynote address to the 2006 PSHE and citizenship conference, Dr Christopher Williams discusses the importance of change. read more

I CAN, the charity that helps children communicate has coined the term ‘communication disability’ to encompass the problems faced by all 1.2 million children and young people across the UK with speech, language or communication difficulties or delays. read more

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