Leadership and Policy

Delivering a whole education

21 March 2013

There are now more than 500 schools in the Whole Education network, all working to deliver a truly rounded education for their students. Chris Holmwood reports from a recent conference.




What does PISA teach us?

14 March 2013

Ministers constantly refer to the international PISA study to justify reforms. Diane Lloyd asks if we should be relying so heavily on the PISA rankings.


Using data for school improvement

14 March 2013

The latest SecEd Guide To looks at using data effectively to drive school improvement. It considers the three core strands of data, the intelligent use of this information by all school staff, and using data to survive Ofsted inspections. The free PDF dow


What’s the point of school?

7 March 2013

How do we prepare students for a future that is unknown? Professor Bill Lucas discusses four tenets of an ‘expansive education’ to help us meet this challenge, and introduces a network which is pioneering these approaches.


Conducting the perfect teaching job interview

7 March 2013

What is the best way to get the most from interviews with prospective teachers looking for a job at your school? Darryl Mydat provides some interview guidance for schools looking to recruit new staff.




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.



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


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.


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.

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