School Workforce

Effective CPD: A guide to professional learning networks

18 November 2020

This article tackles five questions to help you evaluate whether your school is making the most out of professional learning networks. Michelle Barker also shares recommendations for leaders on how to establish, grow and sustain networks that work


What should remote education look like in your school?

11 November 2020

What is remote learning? What isn’t it? And how are schools approaching it? Tom Middlehurst takes a practical look at what school leaders and teachers can and should be doing to fulfil their legal and moral obligations this term and beyond


Workforce planning in an era of Covid-19

9 November 2020

This academic year will see continued disruption with the intense demands on the school workforce constantly shifting and showing no signs of letting up. Chetan Sood considers workforce strategy for the coming months


Eight leadership habits and how to encourage them

4 November 2020

The Ted Wragg Trust prioritises leadership development across its schools. Senior leader Caroline Sherwood describes the MAT’s eight leadership habits and how these can be encouraged



Covid-19: Managing and supporting your school's staff

21 October 2020

With increased staff absence due to Covid-19, increased anxiety among our colleagues, and an ever-changing landscape, supporting and managing our teaching colleagues is a priority for school leaders this year. Employment law expert Jane Hallas offers some tips




Creating a shared culture of professional learning across a MAT

20 October 2020

The Academy Transformation Trust has launched its own institute to drive a shared culture of professional development for almost 2,000 staff across 22 schools. Kathryn Morgan speaks with institute director Abby Bayford to find out how this works in practice


Saving time: Summative assessment

13 October 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Here he focuses on summative assessment


Covid-19 and schools: Taking stock and the challenges ahead

7 October 2020

As half-term approaches, Geoff Barton takes stock on the first five weeks of full re-opening and the challenges still facing schools. He covers Ofsted, examinations, remote education, budgets, accountability and life after the pandemic...


Saving time: Doing more by doing less

5 October 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. This time, he looks at general workload reduction ideas



The Wheel of Teaching: How do you score?

28 September 2020

The Wheel of Teaching sets out eight aspects of your teaching life that are crucial to your wellbeing and job satisfaction. Drawing on the advice in his new book Love Teaching Keep Teaching, Peter Radford explains


Research skills and curriculum support in the school library

22 September 2020

The school library – and librarian – can play a crucial role in supporting your curriculum projects and by teaching crucial research and other skills. But how can school librarians engage with teaching staff and kick-start effective collaboration? Valerie Dewhurst advises


Getting your CPD to stick: From activities to programmes

9 September 2020

One-off CPD activities – on their own – are not effective. What schools need are carefully designed CPD programmes. Creating these is a complex process. We need to consider time, resources and intended outcomes. Maria Cunningham advises


Covid: Making remote learning work in the months ahead

8 September 2020

As the fight against coronavirus continues, remote learning is here to stay and must now be adapted and embraced as part of our range of teaching and learning approaches this academic year. Al Kingsley advises




Staff wellbeing: Regard, dialogue and feedback

12 July 2020

Personal and professional regard, dialogue and feedback – what approaches can help staff during the testing months that lie ahead? Mark Burns advises on how we can invest in personal and professional regard to support our teaching staff


Effective remote education: A case study

10 July 2020

The migration to a world of online learning since March has challenged us all. From digital break-out rooms to escape game challenges, principal Shane Ierston discusses his school’s work and the approaches that they have found to be effective


Case study: Part-time working in the secondary school

7 July 2020

Flexible working is seen as one of the key solutions to the recruitment and retention challenges facing schools. Emma Lee-Potter speaks to part-time maths teacher Peter Jerrom to find out how it can work in practice


Four coaching conversations for school leaders

1 July 2020

Coaching can have a positive influence on staff wellbeing, morale and performance in schools. Denise Barrows outlines four particularly powerful coaching conversations that leaders can use to achieve this sort of transformative impact



Using coaching to prevent leadership burn-out

15 June 2020

Research is showing that coaching may be a solution to mass burn-out among school professionals, including school leaders. Viv Grant and Professor Rachel Lofthouse explain their findings

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