Whole-school issues

Post-16: Delivering the additional 40 hours

14 June 2022

Sixth forms and further education must deliver an additional 40 hours of teaching from September, but the guidance is vague. Post-16 specialist Kevin Gilmartin offers some reassurance


Improving attendance for Pupil Premium students

25 May 2022

Attendance is a priority for Ofsted and the DfE is to introduce new requirements for schools. Xavier Roeseler outlines some strategies for supporting Pupil Premium students to attend


Safeguarding: Getting the basics right – every time

16 May 2022

The basics of safeguarding revolve around identifying children at risk of harm and we can never take this work for granted. Elizabeth Rose recaps the four main types of abuse, the principles of effective staff training, and the basics of keeping children safe from serious harm


A school leader’s to-do list: The summer term

26 April 2022

As a school leader, what should be on your to-do list for May, June and July? Author of The School Leader’s Year, Dr Michael Harpham, offers a priority list of preparations, actions and evaluations for the summer term for middle and senior leaders


Creating anti-racist school communities

19 April 2022

In light of the shocking experience of child Q, Angelina Idun considers the responsibility schools have for tackling discrimination and reflects on how listening to our young people can help us move our race equality work forward



Safeguarding: What does a culture of safety look like?

15 March 2022

Safer working practice in schools is crucial to establishing safe cultures and ensuring effective safeguarding. In this article, Elizabeth Rose explains how schools can minimise opportunity for harm perpetrated by those working with children


Weaving health and safety into school culture

28 February 2022

Health and safety needn’t be complex or onerous. It’s about being curious and using common sense, especially when it comes to risk assessments. Stephen Horn offers some advice for school leaders




Why are we here? Twelve reasons schools exist

25 January 2022

Why do schools exist? What exactly are we trying to achieve? Renowned educationalists Sir Tim Brighouse and Professor Mick Waters call for a national conversation about the purpose of schooling and offer their list of 12 core reasons we do what we do...


Reviewing your school uniform policy

24 January 2022

New statutory rules on school uniform require schools to review their uniform policies, keeping branding to a minimum and ensuring best value for money. Ciara Lamb advises how to develop a policy and consult with your families in line with the new guidance




Safeguarding: Spotting the signs of domestic abuse

11 January 2022

Sadly, some children returning to school after Christmas will have been victims of domestic abuse. Elizabeth Rose considers what this could look like, the signs and symptoms staff might see and practical ways to respond


School culture & values: An unwritten ethos

10 January 2022

Do you use your school’s values? Or are they positive-sounding aphorisms which are rarely dusted off in the heat of battle? Bill Holledge considers how we create and use school values and discusses the Paradigm Trust’s ‘Unwritten Ethos’





How to protect your school from cyber-attacks

3 November 2021

With an increasing number of schools falling victim to cyber-attacks, cyber-security is becoming more important than ever. Sarah Bull outlines seven steps school leaders can take to protect their schools


How to improve CPD and teaching – right now!

2 November 2021

A report from the Education Endowment Foundation advises on ensuring effective CPD in schools. Roger Higgins outlines some of the practical lessons we can learn from the findings


Flexible working: How can it work for your school?

5 October 2021

Over the last 18 months more school staff will have worked flexibly than ever before, but what does flexible working actually mean in the secondary school context? Louise Hatswell looks at employment law, best practice and offers some guidance for employers


Meaningless words? How to build a genuine school ethos

5 October 2021

Building a school ethos can so easily become an exercise in jargon and meaningless words. James Handscombe says that it is not until your ethos gets in the way of a hard decision that you know if you really believe in what you’re saying…



Diversity across the school: Steps we can take

21 September 2021

Taking the first steps on the road to creating a school community that truly embraces diversity can be scary and we might make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore this vital work. Adele Bates offers some practical advice

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