Manager’s Briefcase – Perceptions of pupil behaviour
Suzanne O’Connell provides a series of surveys to find out how staff, parents and pupils feel about behaviour in your school, and ensure that you have a clear and accurate view of pupil behaviour, including in relation to low-level disruption.
Reflecting on children’s learning to personalise practice
What can you learn from reflecting on even just one instance of early play? Sue Lyle shows how documenting children’s learning, and taking the time to reflect on it, can help EYFS practitioners better understand their pupils’ capabilities and develop a more child-centred approach to nurturing early development.
Supporting physical development in the early years
It’s during their early years that children develop the physical skills they’ll need to lead a healthy, active life. Yet very few practitioners have access to the training they need to support this. Tania Swift outlines the basics of early physical development, and explores ways teachers can inspire, motivate and energise the children in their care.
Power down: Energy-saving tips for the ICT suite and beyond
UK schools currently waste £70 million of energy a year, according to the Carbon Trust. Could the solution lie in simply switching off computers when they’re not in use? Jonathan Valentine considers how schools can better manage their ICT equipment and energy consumption to reduce bills.
Caught in the trap – How problem debt damages children
Nearly two and a half million children in the UK are living in families with problem debt. The impact of such poverty on these children’s lives has long been overlooked, but a recent research project has uncovered an unsettling reality. Sam Royston reports.
The end of outstanding? Why Ofsted should stop grading teachers
We’ve seen Ofsted make many reforms to their observation and grading process over the last few years, but is it time they stopped grading teaching altogether? Dominic Brockway explains why he believes the current methods of observation and grading are unhelpful, even harmful – and it seems Ofsted agrees.
Rethinking our approach to teaching and learning
Researchers have discovered much about what makes learning successful, but how can we ensure this evidence influences our practice? Continuing his series on alternative approaches to school improvement, Professor John-West Burnham presents seven evidence-based truths about learning and their practical implications for the organisation of schools and teaching.
Keeping new teachers teaching
With the numbers of pupils in UK schools rising faster than the number of qualified teachers, retaining new talent and maximising their potential is a priority for all schools. Chris Wheatley believes it’s up to school leaders to create the conditions that prevent new teachers losing their early enthusiasm. Later, Paul Stone shares the hands-on approach he takes to supporting the NQTs in his own school.
Are your pupils prepared for the world of work?
Employers have been bemoaning the lack of job skills in school leavers for some time now – but what can be done? Susan Croft provides some practical advice for schools looking to give their pupils an edge in today’s competitive job market.
Teaching in a global classroom
Recent developments in technology have opened up endless possibilities for connecting with classrooms all over the world. Here, edtech advocates Julie M. Wood and Nicole Ponsford explore a few simple ways technology can be used to promote international collaboration and encourage self-reflection and development among students and teachers alike.