Legislation and guidance

Academies: The $64,000 question

7 September 2016

Does academy conversion raise standards? This key question has been long argued over, especially since 2010. New research from NFER attempts to provide some answers. Jack Worth looks at the findings


Advice for those schools considering academy conversion

15 June 2016

Schools across England will be considering what the government’s complete academisation ambition means for them. Leora Cruddas, an expert from the Association of School and College Leaders, offers some advice to help leaders reflect on this crucial issue


NQT Special: Some FAQs about NQTs

25 November 2015

Alex Collinson looks at the FAQs that school leaders in England have about how they should be supporting their NQTs and considers relevant government guidance when it comes to NQTs


Stocking emergency inhalers in school

7 October 2015

A year ago, the law changed to allow schools to buy emergency inhalers without prescription. However, anecdotal evidence gathered by the British Journal of School Nursing and SecEd shows that some schools are unaware of the changes or have encountered challenges in implementation. Caroline Voogd ...



The SEN Code of Practice explained

4 December 2014

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes.


The Equality Act and your pupils

27 March 2014

Ensuring your school meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and does not discriminate against pupils is vital. Legal expert Amanda Lyons looks at some key areas.


FAQs – the changes to SEN

27 February 2014

The new approach to SEN provision, now before Parliament, will give children and their families more of a say and make teachers more accountable for pupils’ progress. Amy Cook answers school leaders’ questions on what the reforms may mean for schools


Challenging times for SEN educators

2 May 2013

It is a busy time for professionals involved in the education of children with SEN and disabilities, with major legislation currently being debated in Parliament and changes to inspection among the many challenges. Lorraine Petersen updates us on the chan


The hunt for LGBT equality in schools

25 April 2013

What can schools do to meet their legal requirements and ensure staff are treated equally, irrespective of sexuality. Legal expert Paul Maddock advises.


The law when dealing with difficult visitors

18 April 2013

What legal ‘armoury’ can a school use to defend itself when excluding difficult parents, unwanted visitors or other trouble-makers? Legal expert and former headteacher Roy Woollard explains.


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


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.


Is this the year for 3D?

21 June 2012

As 3D becomes increasingly common, Mark Robinson argues how this popular technology could be used in the classroom to change the face of the learning experience.

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