Manager’s Briefcase – The Pupil Premium and FSM
Guidance on collecting information to help you make decisions, evaluating your intervention programmes to make sure they are delivering the outcomes you want. Plus some ideas for encouraging those entitled to FSM to apply.
Why every child needs a one-page profile
Getting to grips with the needs and personalities of your new class is often a daunting task. Tabitha Smith explains how implementing one-page profiles in her school has helped teachers to get to know their students… and students to get to know themselves.
Dubious emotional signals
Could bribing a child to stop crying with stickers be damaging to their progression? A shocked observer asks if we are dealing with our children’s expressions of feelings in a dangerous way.
Coping with child violence
Although not as extreme as the recent tragic shootings in America, Britain has its own problem with violence among adolescents, often against their own parents. Oliver Standing describes the abuse these parents suffer and outlines what needs to be done to help these families.
The future of vocational education in schools
Vocational education has had a somewhat chequered past in Britain, but what is its future, especially now that the government has decided to overhaul the education system? Marius Frank gives a very personal view.
Rethinking the 14-19 phase
British politicians have long been divided over reform of KS4 and beyond, especially when it comes to qualifications and vocational education. Ken Spours and Ann Hodgson discuss the effect this division has had on young people today and emphasise the need to blend political ideals to make upper secondary education effective and accessible for all.
How we became a Thinking School
Sometimes it’s not only the pupils who need to learn a thing or two. Kevin Steel describes how, in order to become an accredited Thinking School and cultivate effective learners, staff at St Robert of Newminster had to first relinquish their roles as teachers and become good learners themselves.
Anybody can learn a language!
How many language teachers have listened with despair as one of their Year 9 French students asks what ‘je’ means? Graham Simms explains an innovative method of teaching a language that makes learning it memorable, fun and attainable for all.
Engaging the invisible parent
Assessing the satisfaction of your parents and identifying their concerns is vital in helping your pupils to progress and achieve. But how do you do so when only ten parents in the entire school will respond to the questionnaires you send out? Ian Rowe details some strategies to get all of your parents involved and let them know their voice matters.
Where next for outstanding schools?
An outstanding from Ofsted is readily viewed as the highest of successes a school can achieve, but where do you go from there? Heather Clements details the Exceptional Schools Award, an award designed specifically for the highest achieving schools that will help them keep on improving while still recognising their previous achievements.