Manager’s Briefcase: Coordinating an effective response to self-harm
A series of documents to help your school formulate a swift and effective response to the alarming rise in self-harm among young people. Includes a sample school policy, information sheets for staff and pupils, a serious incident report form and a teacher/pupil conversation sheet.
Creative approaches to teaching texts from the past
Poems and novels from our literary heritage play an important role in the new primary English curriculum, but how can we ensure all children are able to access and enjoy such sophisticated texts? Bob Cox presents a selection of strategies.
Keeping one step ahead of SEN
When it came to SEN reform, West Jesmond Primary School was ahead of the game – and it seemed Ofsted agreed, with a whole-school judgement of outstanding and particular praise for the SEN department. Suzanne O’Connell met the school’s SENCo, Ellen Jankowski, to find out how they did it.
When students self-harm
Three in four school-age self-harmers don’t know where to turn for help, meaning it’s often up to teachers to spot the warning signs and ensure the situation doesn’t escalate. Alison Wilcox emphasises the importance of a supportive, whole-school approach.
Preventing the radicalisation of young people online
With this year’s counter-terrorism act came the duty for schools to actively prevent and detect radicalism among pupils. As extremists turn to social media to recruit and radicalise children in their own bedrooms, Brian Durrant discusses the steps school leaders can take to protect their students online.
Meet, eat, drink and learn: Teaching job skills in the nation’s pubs
One innovative educator is bringing the community together to give young people the skills they need to find and maintain jobs in a difficult market. The twist? She holds her workshops in local pubs! Sarah Frossell met with project creator, Professor Jo Andrews, to find out more.
Developing a class culture of challenge
Stretching pupils in their learning involves more than a few extension activities for the most able. In fact, true stretch and challenge stems from a class-wide culture developed with time, care and many mistakes! Paul Trainor explains.
Students designing their own learning space
Surely the best people to design a learning space are those that will be learning in it? Juliette Heppell recounts her experiences working with pupils to create the ultimate innovative learning environment, and shares some advice for other schools considering this inventive approach.
How to improve poor teaching without alienating staff
When faced with an underperforming student, we thoughtfully nurture and encourage their growth and emotional wellbeing. Why should it be any different with underperforming teachers? Marcella McCarthy explores a range of considerate yet effective approaches to engage teachers in improving practice across the school.