What Happened To Learning During The Lockdown In Leeds?
The digital divide is deeply effecting children, families and teachers as these reports from Yorkshire show. Sal Mckeown compiles the disturbing evidence
Leading Academy Trusts – A Reflection
On the publication of his book ‘Leading Academy Trusts – Why some fail but most don’t’ Sir David Carter, former National Schools Commissioner, looks back on what he has learned about leadership and managing multi-academy trusts over a 37 year career
Do We Need To Move Children’s Mental Health And Wellbeing Centre Stage With Its Own Curriculum? One now exists!
After attending yet another mental health course which raised awareness of the issues faced in schools but offered little in the way of solutions, Paula Talman decided to do something about it. So she set up the iSpace Wellbeing Curriculum
Teach The Future: The View Of A 15 Year Old
15-year-old climate activist Jude Daniel Smith, writes about his experience with Teach The Future and how and why schools need to do more to educate students on Climate Change.
Primary Climate Change Curriculum
Now, more than ever, students want to know about the climate emergency and teachers want guidance on how to teach about the biggest crisis facing the planet – climate change. And who better to help teachers with this than CTL, the leading practical journal for teachers.
David Hopkins’ Approach To School Improvement and System Leadership
Professor David Hopkins is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost thinkers about school improvement and how to put it on a sustainable footing. He has written a lot for TeachingTimes and here we collect his articles and some wider links to give an over-view of his thinking and strategies for implementing change in schools
Every Child A Reader
New Research shows that organised parental engagement in their children's reading could more than offset losses caused by Covid-19. Heather Clements reports on the Every Child A Reader Framework
Do We Care Enough About Staff Wellbeing?
Worthwhileness – happiness – well-being. These words are relatively new in politics – and in education. Richard Layard1 suggests that the things that make people happy are our social lives, the trust we have in others, the continuity of our lives, our feelings of self-worth (including feeling at least as well off as other people), and the feeling that things are getting better.
It is estimated that roughly 1.4 million children aged from 2 to 15 years old were classified obese in 2018. Not only is obesity increasing for 10 to 11 year olds, it is increasing even faster for children in deprived areas.
Financial Sustainability of Colleges in England
The financial health of the college sector remains fragile. Evidence shows that financial pressures are affecting wider aspects of provision such as the breadth of the curriculum and levels of student support.
College Staff Survey 2019 Follow-Up
College staff leave at rates higher than primary and secondary schools. The most common reasons that teachers and leaders gave for leaving the FE sector were poor college management and unmanageable workload.
2020 Annual Report on Education Spending in England: Schools
School spending per pupil in England fell by 9% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2019–20. This represents the largest cut in over 40 years.
Schools As Community Action Centres : A Powerful Role That Generates The Leaders of The Future
A wider definition of the role of school leader, which situates their schools at the centre of their communities , can have transformative ripple effects on their students and communities
How Have Schools Coped With COVID-19?
Almost all teachers have reported that their pupils will need additional support to ‘catch up’ with lost learning during lockdown
The Challenges Facing Schools and Pupils in September 2020
Over half of teachers estimate that the learning gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has widened.
Special Education During Lockdown: Returning To Schools and Colleges in September
This study by the Nuffield Foundation explored how education provision over this time has changed for children and young people with SEND who attend special schools.
Healthy Schools, Healthy Children?
This is the first major Ofsted survey on the broader aspects of health and well–being of pupils since the introduction of the Every Child Matters agenda. It covers the school ethos, the curriculum, food and drink, PE and school sport, lifelong health messages and barriers to improvement. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 11
The limits of inclusion
With the growing government emphasis on inclusion, the role of special schools has become marginalised in education policy. Yet for many children, inclusion in the mainstream is a route to failure.
Cyber bullying of teachers – a growing problem for schools?
There has been a great deal of press coverage about the problems associated with social networking websites and increasing technological sophistication amongst children. One prominent issue is 'cyber bullying'
Bridging the gap between parents, pupils and schools
It’s widely recognised that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performs at school. Here, David Burgess discusses how to bridge the gap between parents, pupils and schools.
A question of creativity
Alan Peat describes the kinds of questions that foster creative thinking.
Rescuing A Generation At Risk From Covid and Exclusions
A project at Lyng School In Coventry, which has 50 per cent of its children on free school meals, has shown remarkable success in keeping all its children engaged during the lockdown. Sonia Blandford describes the project and argues that it should be rolled out across the country.
The do’s and don’ts of remote learning – How AI works and what it brings to the table
Dr Sara de Freitas, executive director of education at Wey Education, providers of InterHigh, the online school, shares her advice on retaining and refining the advantages we have all experienced from online, blended learning during Covid-19.
The GCSE And A Level Results Will Just Not Be Fair!
The new exam results based on a system of teacher expectations and school benchmarking, will not be accurate or fair to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, argues Professor Nicola Ingram
Teaching Climate Change And Bio-Diversity
Sue Lyle introduces the Climate Change Curriculum! - A special edition of Creative Teaching and Learning that responds to the legitimate concerns of children that the next big crisis, larger and more destructive than Covid 19, is the destruction of our environment
Can White People Ever Emotionally Understand The Impact of Racism?
Sue Lyle, a teacher trainer for over 20 years has struggled to understand racism and to give would-be teachers a small insight into what it feels to be child from a BAME community. Understanding white privilege and the power of fiction have helped, she says.
Evelyn Dunbar Assembly
Art is a powerful tool in time of crisis and great social change. This assembly by Matt James, examines the role that art has played during times of profound national crisis, both in relation to the Second World War and during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Pupils need to have experience of as many different materials as possible to make sense of their world. Of course, the idea of studying different types of materials, such as paper, wood or metals might seem a little uninspiring, but the fact remains that materials science (in terms of materials’ properties and usage etc.) is an important part of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 education.