Leadership and Policy

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.


Five approaches that will make our schools world class

24 October 2012

The Whole Education Network champions and shares innovative practice in education. David Crossley considers five key approaches in areas including assessment, accountability and teacher creativity that will help our schools to become world class.


Using your MIS effectively

18 October 2012

Alex George explains how his school has used its management information system to tackle behaviour and raise attainment.


Supporting BME students

11 October 2012

Are schools doing enough to meet the needs of their increasingly diverse population? Linda Tanner reports on programmes that have been proven to make the difference for Black and minority ethnic children.


Training future leaders

11 October 2012

Shenley Brook End School has opened a Leadership and Training Centre to support leadership development across the area. Chris Holmwood explains.


Becoming a thinking school

11 October 2012

Rochester Grammar is an Advanced Thinking School. Denise Shepherd explains how and why the school has put thinking at the heart of its curriculum.


Spotlight on Malaysia

4 October 2012

With UK ministers often looking abroad for inspiration, Ann Puntis continues her look at international education systems.


Are you prepared for the SEN changes?

4 October 2012

With the government's proposed reform of provision for SEN students and the introduction of the new Ofsted framework and Teachers' Standards, the SEN landscape is shifting once more. Lorraine Petersen looks at the implications.



A journey to outstanding

20 September 2012

Heartlands Academy has gone from special measures to two consecutive Ofsted outstandings ― the last one under the January 2012 framework. David Smith explains some of their secrets to inspection success.


Spotlight on Singapore

5 July 2012

Singapore is often quoted by the education secretary as a system to which the UK must aspire. Ann Puntis takes a look.


Building up your brand

5 July 2012

We may not like it, but having a strong brand is increasingly important for today's schools. Deborah Benady offers some advice.

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