Following part one, which examined the meaning and possible causes of ‘under-achievement’, Belle Wallace outlines some proven strategies for realising learners’ potential

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Fostering emotional literacy in teenage boys is that aim of the programme developed by educational psychologist Tina Rae and SENCo Lisa Pedersen. Here they describe it

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What are the social, emotional, intellectual and physical differences between early years boys and girls, and how does this affect their attainment in school? Reception teacher Steve Mynard discusses boys’ attainment and SEAL

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Motivating students with a positive learning environment can inspire staff as well as pupils to aim high, achieving more progress than they had imagined possible and achieving student responsibility

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Students with desires to be professional sportsmen need to be encouraged to gain academic qualifications – but this is often no easy job. Chris Wall, Exeter College’s sports academy development coordinator, describes how they are doing it

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Mixed-ability teaching in an American High School led to higher attainment and improved relations between students, observed Jo Boaler

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High-quality learning environments for young children are vital to their early development. Sian Rees-Jones, headteacher of Bognor Regis Nursery School and Children’s Centre, shares her team’s approach to learning environments

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Justin Irwin talks to Britain’s most famous table tennis player, Desmond Douglas, about his history with table tennis and its place in schools

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Last year Ofsted expressed increasing concern about the educational outcomes of white boys from low-income backgrounds. This year it has highlighted good practice in 20 schools which are meeting boys’ needs

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

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The difference between pupil outcomes in English schools is one of the highest in the industrial world, and reducing it is a persistent problem in education. But sharing good practice within schools can be a better solution than turning to outside experts, say Dr Peter Kent and Ray Tarleton

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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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Building links between a child’s school and home is an excellent way to approach their behaviour and emotional literacy, says Virginia Robinson

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A school environment of confidence and respect can raise achievement and emotional literacy. Hazel Pulley, headteacher of Caldecote Community Primary School in Leicester, discusses how she did this in an amalgamated school

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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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Social skills such as teamwork can be effectively demonstrated and taught using sport. Jody Specht discusses this cross-curricular method

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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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Newly-crowned European diving champion, teenager Tom Daley, talks about preparing for the Olympics and how he juggled school and sport

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What can be done to bring enthusiasm into the teaching and learning of science? Gill O’Donnell describes the role school bursars can play using external funding

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Senior leaders can work to support the delivery of coursework and controlled assessments in order to help raise attainment. Deputy heads Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Smith look into how

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Teaching children to pursue happiness can have real effects. Director of SEN service Dr Ruth MacConville writes about the happiness curriculum she developed in the London Borough of Ealing

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For students from disadvantaged backgrounds, accessing a university education can be problematic. Urban Scholars project aims to tackle these negative factors and provide high-quality opportunities for those who might have otherwise missed out

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A reflective early years learning environment is not only conducive to achievement, but it is also required by the EYPS and the EYFS. Cathy Williamson describes how a pre-school aimed to create one as part of a school action research project

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What is the role of personal and social development, or PSHE, in delivering national outcomes for children and young people? Marilyn Tew, chair of NSCoPSE discusses

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When teachers and students work together, they can learn a lot about learning. In a ‘Learning Together’ project at seven schools, students and teachers researched the link between pupil behaviour and learning

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If you are a disadvantaged student you are statistically unlikely to be selected and named as gifted and talented. Deborah Eyre looks at how to open opportunities for disadvantaged G&T students

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Linking performance management to professional development (CPD) can immediately improve specific areas of learning across the school, Carol Taylor advises CPD leaders

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Academic standards can only be raised when behaviour is improved. Awaiting an Ofsted visit, headteacher John Viner continues his series on how staff at Drapers Mills Primary have worked together to raise standards

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Interactive technology can enhance teaching and learning. Tom Donohoe shares the results of a research project that boosted mental maths ability in his school

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This case study showcases a school that uses management information systems (MIS) and data analysis to equip staff to take teaching and learning to the next level

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Management information systems (MIS) and the analysis of data can lead to significant improvements in teaching and learning – as long as curriculum managers analyse and apply the findings effectively when considering pupil achievement, says Anthony Powell

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SEAL can help young people develop values that will enable them to address challenges in life, says trainer, school improvement partner and former headteacher Jackie Beere

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Penrice Community College has developed a system of empowering students and raising achievement through coaching, Barbara Green explains. This article also includes two students’ perspectives on the programme

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Julie Leoni explains why she believes that ‘positive strokes’, or comfort and support, are key to making her a better educational professional and mother, and how students could benefit from similar encouragement

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Jenny Fox Eades describes how focusing on students’ strengths is an ideal way to implement positive psychology in the classroom

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Problems with behaviour can be managed by building a pastoral team, with the help of an excellence cluster. So discovered headteacher John Viner in his second article in a series on bringing Drapers Mills Primary school out of special measures

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Graham Handscomb and John MacBeath put forward the case for teacher enquiry and benefits of research engagement for professional learning

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Jill Wyatt investigates how Windsor High school used sport to boost achievement across the curriculum, seeing increases in independent learning and confidence as a result

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In 2006, 12% of children in care achieved A*-C GCSE grades, compared with 59% of all children. The education of looked-after children is the responsibility of local authorities, says Anne Clarke, and there is no one-stop solution to meeting their needs

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In the run up to the Beijing Olympics, PE & Sport Today spoke to Sharron Davies about being a child sports star and lessons she has learned

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Playing games and focusing on positive learning and motivation can transform a classroom environment for the better. Consultant Jenny Fox Eades outlines the lessons that positive psychology can teach us

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How can a virtual learning environment (VLE) in your school be used to raise pupil attainment, while complementing other school initiatives? Deputy heads Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Amith have some suggestions

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If a school is placed in special measures, it can be a long road turning it around. Headteacher John Viner starts a series on the journey of Drapers Mills Primary school to become a warm and welcoming place where students can thrive

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Pupils with low self-esteem may feel isolated, especially if they are not given the support they need to reach their full potential. This resource will help you spot the signs of low self-esteem and suggests some support strategies

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This free resource will encourage pupils to recall and record their past learning experiences. This will help teachers gain an understanding of pupils’ individual learning preferences

Just weeks before the Beijing Olympics, 22-year-old British heptathlon star, Jessica Ennis, one of our hopes for a medal, received the news that she cannot compete, having fractured her ankle in competition. Jessica’s disappointment and her courageous response to the dreadful blow form the theme of this assembly read more

School size is a key factor in student achievement, according to a Channel 4 documentary, but Pam Woolner disagrees with its theories about school environment

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Play-based learning can take a key role in the teaching of science and can encourage scientific enquiry skills, says Robert Sinclair

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