Some strange findings about motivation…
It seems obvious that the students who are the most motivated and love to learn and study will be those who are the most successful. Maisie Gould reports on research that begs to differ.
Manager’s Briefcase – Tackling bullying in schools
A series of documents to aid in recording, monitoring and preventing incidents of bullying and harassment in your school.
Building for wellbeing
Primary school buildings are spaces for creativity, adventure and imagination – but children need to feel safe and nurtured before they can really start exploring their potential. Here, John Waldron takes a look at some of the small-scale interventions making a big difference to student wellbeing in primary schools across the world.
The limits of phonics teaching
How should we teach young children to read? According to Sue Lyle, the answer is not phonics. Here she unpicks the case for teaching children to read using phonics, arguing that decoding words has nothing to do with the whole purpose of reading – making meaning.
Working with bullies and their victims
Too many young people are becoming the targets of bullies both in the classroom and online. Dr Lynda Shaw explores how working with bullies, their victims and those around them can build self-esteem, develop mutual respect and bring an end to bullying in a creative, non-violent way.
Changing SEN legislation – A lawyer’s perspective
When it becomes law, the Children and Families Bill will represent the biggest change in SEN legislation for many years. Anita Chopra and Jamie Dixon outline the proposed changes to policies regarding children with SEN and the obligations their school and local authority will have towards them.
The duty to care
The Supreme Court has recently ruled that schools have a duty of care towards their pupils that, in certain circumstances, cannot be delegated. But what are these ‘non-delegable duties of care’, and what are the implications for your school? David Rawlinson explains.
How to overcome chaos in the classroom
What can you do when your pupils misbehave, both repeatedly and spectacularly? Merv Lebor recounts his own personal experiences with an unruly class of post-16 students, and explains why he believes communication is key.
A vision for a better education system
We all want the best possible school system for future generations, but it’s no secret ours isn't measuring up. In this thought-provoking article, Peter Mortimore highlights the areas of our education system he believes are the most muddled, and outlines his vision for improvement, based on his experiences in Scandinavia.