Leadership and Policy


Getting to good: How one school turned itself around

21 February 2013

Malcolm Arnold Academy’s predecessor school was failing in every Ofsted category. Two years later, the school has been rated good with outstanding features. Principal Philip Cantwell looks at how this turnaround has been achieved.



The misuse of international studies in UK education

21 February 2013

The misuse and oversimplification of international surveys and comparisons can lead to misleading statements being made about English education. Dr Newman Burdett looks at how we should be interpreting international data.


A case study of a successful Trust School

7 February 2013

While everyone is talking about academies, much less is spoken about Trust Schools, also introduced under the last government. Abid Butt explains why his school – Lyndon School in Solihull – has embraced Trust School status.




Successful school fundraising in 10 steps

31 January 2013

Squeezed budgets and government cuts have made life difficult for schools and placed a new importance on raising additional monies locally. Rachel Gordon offers 10 dos and don’ts for successful school fundraising.


Comberton's academy conversion

31 January 2013

In the final of his series of four articles looking at the pros and cons of academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Comberton Village College, which has embraced conversion.


School exclusions and the SEN expert

24 January 2013

Independent SEN experts are playing an increasingly common role in exclusion processes. Legal expert Richard Wilkins explains more.


Saying no to academy conversion

24 January 2013

Continuing his look at academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Hadley Learning Community about why they decided to say no.


The Equality Act: What schools need to know

17 January 2013

The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of legislation and should make it easier for school leaders and governors to understand their legal responsibilities and tackle inequalities in education. Bill Bolloten explains what schools need to know.



Risky data – are your data protection procedures up to scratch?

17 January 2013

A survey of 1,000 schools has found that around half have inadequate policies on data protection and information security. Legal expert Ros Foster looks at the challenges facing schools and the need for many to update their policies and practices on manag


Advice for using RAISEonline 2012

10 January 2013

RAISEonline 2012 contains some significant changes. Colin Logan looks at what additional information can be gleaned from these online reports to help you when Ofsted comes calling.


Changes to rules on disclosure and barring

10 January 2013

Safe recruitment is a constant concern for schools and an ever-changing statutory regime and lack of guidance don’t help. With new changes in force since September and more expected this spring, Dai Durbridge offers his advice.


The pros and cons of academy conversion

10 January 2013

In the first of a four-part series, Peter Chambers looks at the benefits and disadvantages, as seen by school leaders themselves, of academy conversion.



Spotlight on American education

6 December 2012

Continuing her look at education systems across the world, Ann Puntis reports on the introduction of common core education standards across America ― a radical and challenging reform.


Teaching students leadership skills

22 November 2012

The Learning to Lead project teaches students crucial leadership skills. After visiting two of the first schools to adopt the scheme, Professor Sir Tim Brighouse discusses the importance of student involvement in school life.


Raising teacher morale by finding and spreading best practice

22 November 2012

The pressure is on teachers at the moment with a raft of policy change and high profile attacks from politicians and Ofsted. Ben Solly looks at how school leaders can keep their teachers' morale high ― and it starts with focusing on sharing good pr


Four key lessons to get your school to outstanding

15 November 2012

What does outstanding look like and how can you get there as a school? Dan Belcher delivers four fundamental lessons from secondary schools on the frontline aimed at helping you to achieve outstanding.


School uniform policies vs religious practices

15 November 2012

Cases involving clashes between school uniform policy and religious practices can be very difficult for schools to handle. Legal expert Richard Wilkins discusses the issues arising from a recent case involving a student wishing to carry a Sikh blade, know


Pedagogy unplugged ― understanding how children learn

8 November 2012

From teacher collaboration to how children learn, the work of Professor Bill Lucas is providing a blueprint for 21st century education. We preview his speech at the forthcoming SSAT National Conference when he will encourage teachers to ask: How can I do


The new rules on school exclusions and appeals

8 November 2012

Schools and academies must adhere to new legislation over how they handle student exclusions and subsequent appeals. Legal expert Kevin Jaquiss explains the new procedures and offers advice to school leaders.

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