Manager’s Briefcase: Addressing mental health concerns
Suzanne O’Connell provides a summary of the document, ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff’, plus some practical materials based upon the advice it gives, including a mental health referral form and a list of strategies identified by the DfE for addressing specific mental health needs.
Tackling NEETs in primary school – An update
By the time a young person is NEET, it may be too late to help them. Last year, Annette Jones introduced us to an exciting project aiming to tackle youth unemployment at its roots by targeting children in primary school – now she provides an update on its resounding success.
How class blogs can improve writing
Could blogging be the answer to engaging all children in developing their writing skills – even the most reluctant? Myra Barrs and Sarah Horrocks describe the surprising benefits of a more spontaneous, laid-approach to writing.
ICT leasing – The best way to cope with shrinking budgets?
Will teaching the new computing curriculum stretch your hardware to the limit? Philip White explains why leasing could be a viable answer for schools looking to update their ICT facilities, and offers some advice on getting the most for your money.
Engaging families in raising achievement
Schools are often told to do ‘more’ to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier counterparts, but is there a limit to how much they can do? Janet Goodall says it’s time we stop expecting schools to shoulder the burden alone, and instead work to engage families and the broader community in improving outcomes.
A team approach to closing the achievement gap
An innovative new programme is aiming to break the link between poverty and poor outcomes by bringing together heads, teachers and TAs from a trio of schools to share best practice. Mariella Wilson reports.
Giving young people the skills to lead
Teaching ‘soft’ leadership skills such as assertiveness, adaptability, and empathy is often undervalued in formal education, yet these are the very skills young people will need to succeed in the workplace. Louise Kinnaird offers some practical strategies to start building these skills now and secure successful leaders for the future.
The case for mixed-ability teaching
The question of whether pupils should be taught in mixed-ability groupings or set according to ability is one that no one in the UK education system seems to be able to agree on. The present government is certainly a supporter of ability grouping, but what do the children think? Sue Lyle investigates.
Putting pupils at the heart of assessment
Assessment has to be more than simply pointing out who can do what and who can’t – it has to help pupils progress. Here, the UK’s leading formative assessment expert, Shirley Clarke, looks at the top ways schools are using their new-found freedom from levels to make assessment count for every child.
Goodbye levels, hello Climbing Frames
What will you be using to replace the defunct National Curriculum levels? Sue Hackman, former adviser to the DfE, introduces her own simple yet thorough toolkit for tracking pupil progress under the new curriculum – Climbing Frames – out this month in association with Imaginative Minds.