SLT 7.6 Preparing children for puberty
Young people have long complained that the sex and relationships education (SRE) they receive at school and at home is ‘too little, too late’. Lucy Emmerson suggests that knowledge about puberty, taught creatively in Primary Schools, is a good place to start.
Building meta-cognition… with a race car track?
Creating young independent learners is the core mission of primary schools. Meta-cognition and active learning are the key principles which can make it happen, suggests Ursula Scott and Susan Mockler of Oaksey CE Primary School.
SLT 7.6 The secret financial drain of presenteeism and how to deal with it
Countless hours have been devoted to workshops for school management personnel on absenteeism and how to handle it, but its nefarious twin – presenteeism – might be costing your school a lot more, yet has received little attention until recently.
SLT 7.6 The Pros and Cons of Building A MAT
Most school leaders will be contemplating academisation in the next few years, and many will want to join existing multi-academy trusts (MATs). That leaves trust leaders with some serious choices, says Phil Haslett of the Olympus Academy Trust.
SLT 7.6 The Leadership Recruitment Challenge
With news that UK schools are facing a 20,000 shortfall in headteachers by the 2020s, there is no better time to consider alternatives to traditional advertising recruitment. ‘Grow your own’ must become a serious option, argues Heather Clements, who is helping to pioneer an innovative scheme in South East London.
SLT 7.6 Lesson study: making and measuring impact
In the second of her articles on Lesson Study, Sarah Seleznyov provides some insights into best practice in Lesson Study, which, she says, has rapidly gained traction with schools but with precious little rigour applied.
SLT 7.6 Is reflective practice worth all the effort?
Reflective practice has dominated the narrative of initial teacher training and professional development for the best part of thirty years, despite persistent questions over its value. Professor Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis explore what we know about reflective practice, demystify the process and consider what reflective practice really has to offer teachers and leaders.
SLT 7.6 Experiences of real terror can prevent Extremism
Lucy Parker says films of victims and former extremists talking about their lives can undermine Jihadi ideology and divert children from dangerous paths.
SLT 7.6 Ensuring assessment impacts learning
Observing children in class gives a good snapshot of where they are now. But what about where they’re going? With focus on assessment in the early years, Sonia Blandford and Catherine Knowles consider how insights gathered through everyday observation and interaction can be used to progress children’s learning.
SLT 7.6 It’s good to laugh
Stress has become a serious problems for teachers and school leaders across the UK, driving many highly qualified people from their posts and increasing the reluctance of others to fill the vacancies. Could something as simple as laughter hold the key? Dr. Nicola Davies investigates.