What is cancer? Get the facts – Macmillan resource pack
The free activity from Macmillan is a great way to help primary-age children understand the basic facts about cancer and allay any common fears or misconceptions. Includes overview, lesson plan and student handouts.
Manager’s Briefcase – Updated information for inspectors
A summary of Ofsted’s recently updated information for inspectors, plus a series of checklists to ensure your practice is compliant.
Working with parents in the EYFS
All parents are unique, and sometimes, what they want from their child’s early years provider is very different to what the practitioner feels is appropriate. In light of the increased emphasis in the updated EYFS on developing strong parent partnerships, Vanessa Linehan considers how to strike a balance.
A creative approach to the new curriculum
It’s been criticised as narrow, rigid and unimaginative, but the new primary curriculum is coming into force from September this year whether we like it or not. In preparation, Ros Wilson reflects on the ways teachers can encourage creativity, even under its restricting impositions.
Using Twitter for professional development
Twitter is transforming the way people communicate and share information online, and teachers are no exception. Jane Jones explains how you can join the blue bird revolution with six ways to use Twitter as a valuable means of furthering your professional development.
Underachievement and disruptive behaviour: The psychometric solution
How can we improve the performance and behaviour of underachieving and disruptive students? Sally Wells describes how one school has turned to a tool normally used to select candidates for high-level jobs – psychometric assessments.
Rethinking school improvement
Whether the school a child attends is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is only one of the many factors influencing his or her success. In the second of his new series for School Leadership Today, John West-Burnham asks why schools seeking to improve student outcomes rarely consider the rest.
Charity begins at school
Raising money for charity is more than just an act of kindness. Here, Claire Cruft explains how engaging staff, students and parents in charitable events unites the school community, teaches valuable life skills and gives students the space and opportunity to discuss difficult subjects such as cancer.
Giving children research skills
Giving students the necessary research skills is impossible without first making them information literate - and this applies to every subject, argues Andrew Shenton.