Leadership and Policy

The cornerstones of character: Accountability

10 January 2018

The importance of good accountability in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like



Shared teacher planning to reduce workload

3 January 2018

Shared teacher planning could be an effective response to heavy teacher workloads. Dr Andrew K Shenton, Andy Sherlaw and Gareth Ellis report on research at Whitley Bay High School into possible approaches


Leadership and staff retention: Surgeons vs architects (part 1)

3 January 2018

In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the links between school leadership and the retention and recruitment of school staff. In part one, he considers research into the different types of leadership approach – and the implications of these for school staff


The power of the school gate: Are your pupils ready to learn?

3 January 2018

Facing problems with pupils arriving in class not prepared for learning, and the disruption this causes, school leader Allen Hall drew a red line at the school gate in a bid to change habits and ensure pupils arrived at school ready for the day ahead


Effective performance management practices

6 December 2017

Is your school’s performance management helpful or harmful? Maria Cunningham looks at the evidence and explains how to make effective performance management and appraisal systems that contribute to genuine teacher development and improvement



Devising an effective fundraising strategy

29 November 2017

A carefully thought-out fundraising strategy that links closely with your school improvement plan could be considered an essential for schools. Expert Brin Best discusses how to devise an effective fundraising strategy for your school



CPD workshop: First steps as a middle leader

22 November 2017

Our series offering free in-school CPD templates continues. Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides. This instalment looks at CPD for those taking their first steps into middle ...


Engaging with parents to support children’s learning

22 November 2017

Engaging with parents can have a notable impact on progress and attainment, especially for disadvantaged students. Nicola Michael describes her recent work to help parents support children’s learning



Running your own lesson study

15 November 2017

The lesson study process can be effective, rewarding and even fun for groups of teachers seeking to improve student outcomes or an element of practice. Roy Watson-Davis looks at how to structure a lesson study investigation


Staff feedback: How to give hard messages

15 November 2017

Feedback – this time it’s professional. High-quality appraisal and feedback is essential to teachers’ professional development and progress. But the personal element can make these interactions difficult. John Dabell gives some advice


The cornerstones of character: Leadership

15 November 2017

The importance of good leadership in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like




Coaching conversations: The key questions

8 November 2017

Coaching can be a powerful technique to help middle leaders support teachers in challenging circumstances. Martin Matthews looks at the basics and considers some key coaching questions


Successful school-to-school collaboration

1 November 2017

At the heart of the self-improving school system is school-to-school collaboration, but how can collaboration work effectively for the benefit of all involved? Claudia Sumner and Karen Wespieser look at the research evidence


Leadership: Three questions for new headteachers

3 October 2017

What can you expect as you step-up to headship? Liam Donnison speaks to executive principal Peter Rubery, who offers three key questions to help you reflect on the challenges ahead


Pay and conditions: Passing the threshold

27 September 2017

Teachers who have passed the threshold and moved onto the upper pay range should be making ‘substantial and sustained’ contributions to their schools. Brian Rossiter looks at how the threshold system should work and some of the related challenges facing schools


The middle leader’s toolkit

27 September 2017

With a focus on leading teaching, learning and your team, Steve Burnage gives us 10 areas for reflection as well as key advice on effective strategies to develop your skills and outcomes in middle leadership


The qualities of a strong geography department

20 September 2017

What are the characteristics of a quality geography department? Drawing on submissions from the most recent round of the Geography Quality Mark, Rebecca Kitchen offers some suggestions


Effective teacher performance review and appraisal practices

13 September 2017

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document applies to all maintained schools and the majority of academies. Brian Rossiter shares advice on good appraisal practice as part of the Professional Development Review cycle and performance-related pay


CPD: Pupil-focused and ‘direct’

13 September 2017

If CPD is to have a positive impact on pupil outcomes, then it has to be ‘direct’. Jessica Brosnan explains how you can redesign your CPD for maximum pupil impact

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