Manager’s Briefcase – The SENCo/TA partnership
Resources for developing an effective working relationship between SENCos and TAs.
Resisting the red pen
Young children who’ve previously been victims of the dreaded ‘marking red pen’ are often reluctant to unleash their imagination in their creative writing for fear of making mistakes. Alison Wilcox describes how she expanded the focus of her teaching from eliminating errors to experimenting with language, and managed to inspire even the most unenthusiastic of writers.
The right to go
Wetting and soiling in school has a devastating effect on a young child’s self esteem, independence and development. Eileen Jacques highlights a few ways schools can collaborate with parents to support a child suffering from incontinence and help them reach their full potential.
Proposed changes to the Primary National Curriculum
We summarise the proposed changes to the national curriculum which Gove believes will restore vigour to our children’s education and raise our international ranking. [Open Access]
SEN children dumped on TAs
Pupils with special education needs are separated from their teachers and peers to their great educational disadvantage, new research has revealed. Maisie Gould reports.
Avoiding the pitfalls of performance related pay
Performance related pay is in force whether we like it or not, yet there are still many schools without a rigorous and transparent approach to performance appraisal. Keith Wright analyses the challenges these schools might face, and offers advice on making the change.
How to trust others to take the lead
In the second article in our series by leading educationalists on the current state of education and leadership in schools today, Christopher Day reports on how a major research project has increased our understanding of distributed leadership, its fundamental and reciprocal relationship with trust and its contribution to improving schools.
CPD for busy teachers
The world of technology has some brilliant ways teachers who struggle to find the time to attend seminars and workshops can continue their professional development without even leaving the classroom. Glenys Hart investigates.
How good are your teachers?
It can often be difficult to pinpoint the exact definition of a good teacher, let alone work out whether your own teaching standards match up to it. Heather Clements explains how schools can begin to evaluate and improve their teachers’ effectiveness, aided by her new toolkit – What is Good Teaching?
Time for an alternative curriculum
Gove’s facts-driven, subject-based curriculum has been branded ‘old school’, ‘old fashioned’ and ‘fatally flawed’… but is there an alternative? Michael Reiss and John White propose a curriculum not built around a rigid list of well worn subjects, but instead founded upon the two fundamental aims of education – to enable students to live a personally fulfilling life and help others to do the same.