The DfES has produced an extensive toolkit to support financial management in schools. read more

A group of health experts has warned that the recent attention given to improving the quality of school meals has overshadowed moves to get children to drink more

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Governing bodies in secondary schools in England are continuing to lag behind in ensuring that their schools fulfil their statutory duties, according to the latest Ofsted annual report. read more

Criminal record checks are to be made mandatory for all newly appointed school employees as part of the tightening up of vetting procedures in the wake of the recent controversy over sex offenders being cleared to work in education. read more

The important role of governors in school improvement is acknowledged in a report by the National Audit Office. read more

Governance expert Joan Sallis expresses her reservations about the White Paper. read more

The drive to improve the quality of food in schools has taken another step forward with the publication of a report by the independent School Meals Review Panel. read more

Ofsted has long stressed the importance of governors being involved in the strategic development of their school and been critical when they fail to carry out that role effectively. read more

Since September 2005, as part of the new framework for inspection for children’s services, schools are expected to demonstrate how they are contributing to the five national outcomes for children stipulated by Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004

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The two national governors’ organisations have agreed to merge to create a single body to represent and support school governors. read more

Since the beginning of September, schools have no longer been required to produce an annual governors’ report or hold an annual parents’ meeting. read more

School sport partnerships are continuing to be successful in increasing the amount of time pupils spend taking part in PE and sport

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Schools in England should now be engaged in formal consultation with staff and their representatives on new draft staffing structures. read more

Both the main headteachers’ organisations have called for the powers of independent appeals panels on exclusions to be reduced in submissions to the government’s leadership group on behaviour and discipline. read more

The government has given further encouragement to schools to set out on the path to providing extended services with the publication of a ‘prospectus’ on extended schools.

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Fundraising for school activities is nothing new. Only now with the pressures of workforce reform and initiatives such as extended schools and specialist status, many schools are reviewing the way they have to raise funds. read more

In our governing bodies we blithely talk about ‘team-building’. And in our more serious moments we may even think about ‘group effectiveness’ and ‘the quality of our decision making’. read more

Schools in England and Wales are finding it increasingly difficult to appoint headteachers

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Detailed guidance on fire safety in school building design has been published, in draft form, by the DfES. read more

The Secondary Heads Association has called for improved contracts for headteachers to make it more expensive and more difficult for governing bodies and LEAs to sack them. read more

Whether you’re writing your first G&T policy or need to update your current one, what do you need to include? G&T Update editor Jane West explains read more

Did the referee mean to praise the candidate or warn you off? Is a string of previous jobs a negative factor? Headteacher Carole Farrar looks at how to weigh up the information when appointing early years staff. read more

Carole Farrar, an experienced early years headteacher, takes you through the process of appointing new staff members

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