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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Every year schools recruit new members of staff, from headteachers, to teachers, to classroom assistants and administrative staff. It is vital that a robust procedure is followed for all interviews to ensure that the successful candidate is a suitable person to work with children and young people

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A new report has found that well deployed teaching assistants help raise a school’s attainment. David Gordon looks at the details

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The process of involving students in teacher recruitment is a controversial one. Kieran McGrane details the success of his school’s use of this recruitment technique, and offers advice on how to emulate it

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Our second e-bulletin concentrates on the induction of new support staff and aims to provide schools with a starting point for developing a school-based induction programme

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Elizabeth Holmes examines ways in which the Children’s Workforce Network publication Visions and Principles for Induction can support induction in schools

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Effective school staff recruitment is an imperative part of school management. Ruth Bradbury provides advice to ensure the effective operation of your school’s recruitment practices

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An effective induction process is an integral part of welcoming new members of staff to your school. This article discusses things to remember during your school staff induction

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The demands of the SENCO role should not outweigh its attractiveness, warns a nasen-funded study. Sue Pearson reports on her research

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Some believe that a fashion for school staff “clean-outs” when new headteachers take over is resulting in experience and knowledge being lost from the system. Former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Richard Bird, discusses

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Schools that are properly prepared for employment tribunal hearings can minimise cost and maximise their likelihood of success, writes Tamara Ludlow

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In order to recruit the right candidates to your early years staff, after putting together a teaching job description, you must think about how you will advertise and shortlist for the role

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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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Before you recruit a new member of your early years childcare team, you must first effectively define the job to be done and your expectations for the ideal person to do it

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Discover how to manage the dynamics of a balanced and well-organised childcare team

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Roger Smith considers ways in which headteachers can help their staff make the most of their careers read more

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

Teaching abroad is no longer seen as a sideways move that could harm career progression. Steve Caulfield of the Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpar, describes some of the opportunities

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Headteacher Neil Berry takes a look at the vital part that human resource management plays in a school leader’s working life read more

The genuine occupational requirement defence to a discrimination claim allows schools to set conditions on whom they employ, and can rely on genuine occupational requirments (GOR) as a defence. Tamara Ludlow explains

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Sir Roger Singleton, chair of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, outlines more robust arrangements to protect children and vulnerable young adults read more

Paul Howells considers the changing nature of recruitment in our schools, and encourages you to consider how you can best save time while also getting best value read more

Safeguarding Children in Education and Safer Recruitment in Education came into force in January 2007. Jenni Whitehead looks at some of the most common confusions expressed by readers in the year since its publication read more

The Bichard report has been followed by a flurry of legislation and statutory guidance. Richard Bird looks at what’s changed and what still needs to happen in the world of child protection

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Can – and indeed should – someone from a background other than teaching become a school leader? School business manager Ruth Bradbury explains her aspirations to become a school leader and, below, two readers respond with their comment

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School governors can play a crucial role in safeguarding the future leadership of schools by taking a more systematic approach to the recruitment and appointment of headteachers. read more

Bob Jelley argues that success is essential since, for many youngsters, a teacher may be one of the most significant male role models in their lives. read more

Nina Siddle explains how one school in East Yorkshire found widespread benefits from engaging with the Investors in People programme read more

Working to promote a positive image for your school can be a powerful tool for school improvement and can provide a focus for staff efforts on many fronts, argues Brin Best, education writer and director of Innovation for Education Ltd. read more

Christian Webb-Jenkins, of Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 read more

What should employers do when faced with requests for allowances to be made at work on religious grounds? Helen Badger takes a look at the law

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Currently just 15.7% of all primary school teachers in England are men, yet 83% of parents would like to see more male primary teacherd. Why so few and why so great a desire for more? Former headteacher and education writer Steve Mynard finds out…

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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

What helps new teachers feel welcome in a school? Colin Smith looks at the early professional learning (EPL) of teachers, and discusses the key areas to look at when welcoming new teachers into your school, with reference to research in real schools

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Schools are having to tighten up their record keeping after an Ofsted survey found confusion surrounding procedures for vetting staff. read more

What should be in your early years induction policy and how can you implement it effectively?

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How do you get more men into childcare? Angela Youngman investigates some initiatives designed to involve men in careers with young children

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Richard Bird, former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), suggests that heads – and those appointing them – should consider the myths they need to match. read more

Headteacher Carole Hawkins lays to rest the common perception that independent schools enjoy a privileged and problem-free position in today’s education market

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What makes a good supply teacher? Former head Bob Jelley draws on some memories. read more

Jenni Whitehead summarises the 2006 consultation paper on ‘Safer Recruitment and Vetting in the Education Service’. read more

The Government has just published an Independent Study into School Leadership, which includes recommendations on training and recruitment of leaders. This article examines the current shortage of leadership candidates, and contrasts this with the surplus of NQTs

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This article examines the role of the learning mentor and how they can be deployed in the school for the benefit of the whole learning community. David Morley reports read more

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

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

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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

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