Manager’s Briefcase: Supporting key workers
A selection of documents to help schools support key workers in understanding, preparing for and performing their important role.
Teaching children to care
Empathy is inherent in all of us, but for children who experienced a violent or poverty-stricken upbringing, their ability to feel compassion and empathise with others can be seriously stunted. Louise Kinnaird explores the role of schools and practitioners in giving such children the opportunity to care.
A response to the new primary performance descriptors
Almost a year since the first drafts and consultation, the DfE has finally published performance descriptors linked to the new National Curriculum. Sue Hackman summarises some of the key points and gives her verdict on the implications for teaching and assessment.
A virtual school tour
Not so long ago, a glossy prospectus was all a school needed to promote its unique facilities to potential pupils and their parents. But in today’s digital marketplace, how are schools to stand out? Jay Scott-Nicholls considers the benefits of a virtual tour.
SEN and the new Ofsted framework
With the new Ofsted inspection framework comes a renewed emphasis on safeguarding and on the progress and outcomes of all pupils, including those with special educational needs. How will provision be judged? Suzanne O’Connell picks out the key points for heads.
Helping vulnerable children make the transition to secondary school
A rocky transfer to secondary school can lead to a difficult Year 7 and problems lasting the child’s entire school life. But one secondary in the South East is smoothing the way for vulnerable pupils with an exciting outdoor learning project that builds trust and grows friendships ahead of the terrifying transfer. Caroline Saunders explains.
What will the College of Teaching mean for you?
The new College of Teaching provides a unique opportunity for teachers to come together to set their own aspirational standards, free from political pressure and fads, says Anne-Marie Duguid. Here, she shares the College’s vision for its future and explains how you can have your part in shaping it.
Handling the emotional impact of change
In any school undergoing a radical overhaul, there will always be a stubborn few staff members, clinging fearfully to the old way, refusing to embrace change. Promoting kindness and compassion, Colin McLean and Mannie Burn examine the skills leaders need to deal positively with the emotional side to school improvement.
The ingredients of effective leadership
Talented headteachers come in all shapes and sizes, but there are certain qualities which, when brought together, make for a truly transformational leader. What are they, and how can they be developed? Graham Handscomb launches his four-part series on leadership that makes a difference with some key guidance for aspirational leaders.
How to develop curious and independent learners
Research tells us that children lead happier, more fulfilled lives if they leave school equipped with confidence, curiosity and the ability to take risks and learn from their mistakes. But how can such traits be developed? Guy Claxton, creator of the renowned Building Learning Power approach, shares some simple strategies.