The wrong approach to wellbeing?
Despite its popularity, there is a conspicuous lack of evidence proving the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning initiative can do the job the government claims it can. Sue Lyle examines the principles underpinning the programme, raising some troubling questions along the way.
Manager’s Briefcase – Maximising TA impact
Documents and proformas to encourage and support the professional development of teaching assistants.
Raising standards with the pupil premium
In view of the government drive to get students ‘secondary ready’ and the increased levels of accountability for how teachers make use of their pupil premium to do this, Jenny Townsend offers some advice on what Ofsted will be looking for in primary school spending.
Developing confident readers
Amid concerns over falling reading standards, Piers Torday shares some strategies to help reluctant and challenged readers gain confidence in their own abilities and develop an eagerness to read, talk and imagine.
Complying with exclusion regulations
The exclusion of children from schools has been gaining much media attention in recent months due, in part, to an incendiary report by the Children’s Commissioner for England. Here, Perry Hill examines Dr Atkinson’s findings, recent changes to the law and how schools can comply with all relevant policies.
Making the most of your TAs
With Gove’s threat of budget cuts hanging over them, it’s an uncertain time for our teaching assistants. David Jones explains the importance of letting TAs know how you much you value them, and offers some practical resources to develop their professional skills without breaking the bank.
Coaching for school improvement with NLP
What is neuro-linguistic programming, and how can it benefit your school? Katie Paxton-Doggett investigates the increasingly popular coaching tool.
Out on good behaviour
They’d pulled their school back from the brink of closure – but where to now? In the second of his series on behaviour management, Kevin Rowland describes the steps he took to embed the positive behaviour he knew his students were capable of and to create a school atmosphere everyone could enjoy.
Are you getting bacc-ache too?
With so many baccalaureates and other similar initiatives to choose from, deciding what’s right for your students can be a daunting task. Marius Frank compares competing baccalaureate offers to see which are best equipped to give students the skills they need to face the challenges of working life.
Beyond the rural classroom
Recruiting specialist teachers and providing a wide range of subjects for students to study is often a challenge for rural schools. Ed McEvoy describes how videoconferencing has solved this problem for a number of Irish schools and opened up a world of opportunities for their students.