Manager’s Briefcase – Developing your local offer
A series of documents to help you develop and format your SEND local offer.
Are you prepared for the new maths curriculum?
With its tougher content, higher expectations and increased emphasis on developing children’s problem-solving and reasoning skills, the new primary maths curriculum is a welcome but somewhat daunting prospect. Tim Handley gives his advice for schools preparing to take on the challenge.
Making the most of your primary sports funding
Last year, the government ring fenced £8000 for each UK primary school to fund sports provision – but how should schools be using it? Crispin Andrews considers who should be leading PE in schools, what kinds of sports our children should be taking part in and the best strategies for long-term sustainability.
Real-life learning in a virtual world
Creating a classroom with a twist, Amir Ghapanchi and Reza Ghanbarzadeh explore how 3D virtual worlds can be used in secondary schools and sixth forms to engage older students in meaningful group work and research.
Rethinking the school as a community
People, children especially, thrive in a positive, caring community – so why are most schools structured more like organisations? John West-Burnham looks at what reshaping schools as vibrant, inclusive communities could do for students and their wellbeing.
Better together – A year in a Co-operative Trust
In May 2013, seven Birmingham schools made history by forming the first Co-operative Trust of schools in the area. But is there really strength in numbers? Vicky Hewitson looks back on the Trust’s first exciting year.
Why I left the job I once loved
Earlier this year, successful headteacher Nigel Utton quit his job on live radio. Why? He describes how a culture of high-stakes testing, curtailed innovation and the ‘disgusting’ treatment of children with special needs made the decision all too easy.
Responding creatively to the new English curriculum
It might now be the subject with the highest stakes at GCSE, but it’s vital English teachers resist the pressure and retain an imaginative approach to teaching it. Marcella McCarthy highlights the major changes to the secondary English curriculum and shares some practical and creative ideas to manage them.
Adjusting to Progress 8
It may be fairer, but Progress 8 is a massive shift from the current method of ranking schools and there are bound to be repercussions, with winners and losers all round. Michael McGarvey outlines the main implications for school leaders under this new system of accountability.
Protecting girls from FGM
Female Genital Mutilation has been illegal in the UK for many years, but it’s only recently that the fight to end this terrible form of child abuse has gained the media attention it deserves. Kamaljit Thandi explores ways teachers can protect the girls who are most at risk.