Manager’s Briefcase – Cooking in schools
We provide a series of resources to help teachers in key stages 1, 2 and 3 plan and implement the cooking curriculum, including a breakdown of the new curricular requirements by year, a proforma for planning class cookery sessions, and a child-friendly recipe for savoury bread and butter pudding.
Fostering deep thinking in the primary classroom
Is it ever too early to teach children how to think? Researchers Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis say it’s not. Here they report on the strategies uncovered during an action research project in South Wales to extend and deepen pupils’ thinking – even from a very young age.
For primaries without dedicated facilities and equipment, the new curriculum requirement for practical cookery classes may have posed some logistical problems. What will you cook? When will you cook? And where? Sally Brown and Kate Morris offer some advice on getting it right.
Boosting the take up of school meals
Any restaurant operating at half capacity is going to struggle to keep afloat – and school canteens are no exception. With national take up stalled at just 43 per cent, Libby Grundy and Linda Cregan outline the expert support available for heads looking to encourage more pupils to choose school meals.
A blueprint for a better classroom
Does the design of a classroom affect children’s learning? We may intuitively feel it to be so, but for the first time, research has confirmed the positive impact factors such as good lighting, careful colour choices and a sense of ownership can have on achievement. Hannah Sharron reports.
Rethinking the leadership of change
The transformation of a school won’t come about through coercion or micro-management by those on high. In the final article of their series, John West-Burnham and Libby Nicholas present a new role for the school leader seeking change – one of collaborator, motivator and, above all, learner.
All things in moderation
The end of ‘best fit’ assessment will mean a fundamental change in the nature of moderation. Sue Hackman asks which forms of internal and cross-school moderation are needed under the new national curriculum.
How quality conversations can transform your school
All heads lead hectic lives, but finding the time for regular, meaningful dialogue with your senior leaders is vital to overcoming obstacles and moving forward as a focused, unified team. Dave Harris considers how to create and maximise the time for discussion, even in the busiest of schools.
Inspiring the next generation of headteachers
Heads in all settings have the responsibility to identify and nurture leaders of the future. But how? Roy Blatchford explains why the new national standards make the ideal training tool for aspirant headteachers.
What could the new Education Bill mean for schools?
Up to 2,000 failing schools could be forced to become academies under Nicky Morgan’s recent Education Bill. And it seems no one is safe, as the DfE’s new powers to steamroll stakeholders and turn schools into academies extend to any school they class as ‘coasting’. Roger Inman examines the implications for school leaders.