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EAL recovery: Creating opportunities for talk

20 September 2021

As the pandemic continues, promoting oracy and opportunities to talk will be crucial to supporting the recovery of students who use English as an additional language. Sarah Moodie offers some ideas



Creating diversity in our teaching workforce

14 September 2021

How do we create meaningful representation in our schools? Hannah Wilson of the Diverse Educators network advises on how we can diversify our workforce while avoiding tokenism



Five priorities for your safeguarding checklist

13 September 2021

It is the start of an intense year for everyone working in schools, especially designated safeguarding leads. Hannah Glossop details her priorities to help DSLs be fully prepared for the months ahead


LGBT+ and gender: An audit of your curriculum

13 September 2021

It is vital that your school curriculum represents the diversity seen in modern Britain. Katherine Fowler outlines what to consider when carrying out a gender and LGBT+ curriculum review and how to instil a cross-curricular sense of inclusivity



Early Career Framework: Roll-out and next steps

6 September 2021

The Early Career Framework is here and with it comes a new two-year induction cycle for early career teachers across England. Leora Cruddas identifies some key questions schools should be addressing as full roll-out of the ECF begins...


Research and evidence-led teaching: From consumers to creators

6 September 2021

Following up their previous article on how to interpret educational research, Dr Fiona Aubrey Smith and Prof Peter Twining urge teachers to shift from being consumers of research to co-creating and sharing their own knowledge and experiences…


Effective in-school SEMH and counselling support

5 September 2021

The pandemic has brought pastoral and social, emotional and mental health support to the fore. Sarah May discusses her role as an SEMH support worker across a primary and secondary setting


How can we radically shift the way we 'do' SEN?

4 September 2021

In part three of his series focusing on the state of our SEN system, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel looks at the problems of silos of working, asks what would happen if we collaborated more effectively, and offers schools some ideas for making this happen



Case study: Embedding literacy across a subject discipline

30 August 2021

Students might not consider design and technology or food lessons to be places where literacy is at the forefront of teaching and learning. Emma Goldfinch describes her school’s work to put literacy at the heart of their subject discipline




Employment law and Covid-19: The key issues

23 August 2021

With a new term upon us, where do we stand in relation to our school staff, vaccinations, self-isolation and other key Covid-related issues? Employment law expert Jane Hallas offers her reflections


CPD: How to unlock education research

23 August 2021

Unpacking research findings can be challenging. Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith and Professor Peter Twining offer teachers and CPD leaders some practical tips about how to source and interpret the latest research efficiently and effectively and discusses some of the common flaws to look out for


Safeguarding & sexual abuse: Key changes from September

22 August 2021

Following Ofsted’s review into sexual abuse in schools, there have been important updates to both the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and the inspection handbook. Elizabeth Rose joins the dots...


The 5Ps of staff wellbeing

22 August 2021

Ahead of her session at our forthcoming Pupil Mental Health online conference, Frederika Roberts explores the five Ps of staff wellbeing and why staff wellbeing is at the heart of whole-school wellbeing



In teachers we (absolutely must) trust...

7 July 2021

Do we have a crisis of trust in teaching? As a senior leader, do you trust your teachers? As a teacher, do you feel trusted? Principal Ben Solly looks at why we must place trust at the heart of our schools – and how we can do it...


Sexual abuse and harassment: Harnessing pupil voice

5 July 2021

When considering the Everyone’s Invited revelations and Ofsted’s review, it is clear that we may not be asking young people the right questions. One immediate action for schools must be to listen to our pupils. Elizabeth Rose looks at putting pupil voice at the heart of our response


Safeguarding: Preventing peer-on-peer abuse

5 July 2021

Following Ofsted’s review of sexual harassment and abuse in schools – and the subsequent updates to the inspection framework from September – what should schools be doing to address peer-in-peer abuse? Jenny Moore advises and signposts to some useful resources


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