Why have children become so violent?
Media reports frequently tell us of poor pupil behaviour in UK schools. But why is this behaviour increasingly turning to violence? And what impact is this having on our teachers and schools? Louise Kinnaird reports.
The classroom where children pay their way
With bills to pay and businesses to run, these primary school pupils are getting a taste of grownup life they’ll never forget! Teacher Kathleen Hunter explains how creating a fully functioning town right inside her classroom has proven so valuable to learning.
Our journey beyond special measures
They came out of special measures in July 2012, but Ravensthorpe Primary had a long way to go before provision was the best it could be across the entire school. Ann O’Hara reports on the school’s successful turnaround.
Assessing progress in foundation subjects
It is hard to focus on the assessment of foundation subjects when so much attention is absorbed by the make-or-break assessments of reading, writing and mathematics. But is it unwise to neglect the other subjects, and how can they be assessed if there are no performance descriptors? Sue Hackman looks for answers.
Plagiarism: Is it a school problem?
Traditionally, plagiarism has been seen as an issue for higher education. But, in the Information Age, there’s an understated need for schools to teach all students digital ethics...
Is your school on brand?
When it comes to choosing schools, today’s parents are more switched on than ever. How can you ensure your school stands out above the rest? David Limb shares some practical steps leaders can take to isolate exactly what makes their school special and communicate this to prospective parents and pupils.
School improvement: London is sharing the sweets
Sharing best practice is a crucial ingredient of school improvement, yet at times it can miss the mark. So what can be done to make the process effective and valuable for everyone involved? Trevor Folley looks at an exciting initiative gathering pace in London.
Seven steps to raising achievement
With lack-lustre GCSE results and a low percentage of pupils making good progress, leaders at Bedford Academy knew decisive action was needed in every department. Here Kayleigh Greenacre, head of arts and sports, reveals the seven strategies that have proved most successful in driving rapid pupil progress.
Lesson study: Lost in translation?
The Japanese concept of lesson study is experiencing a significant boost in popularity in the UK. But what is lesson study exactly, and how does the approach translate to the British classroom? In the first of two articles, the IOE’s Sarah Seleznyov gives a useful guide.
Harnessing the power of teacher leaders
With the demands of their job, it can be easy for senior leaders to forget what it’s like at the chalk face and make decisions that adversely affect life in the classroom. That’s why, says Graham Handscomb, we should be encouraging teachers to take on a leadership role. But how?