You are what you eat
A body of evidence linking the impact of diet on mood and behaviour has been growing for many years. Now new scientific evidence from the Mental Health Foundation and Sustain reveals that food can have an immediate and lasting effect upon children’s mental health and behaviour because of the way it affects the structure and function of the brain.
The boy can’t help it
New research highlighted in Newsweek magazine recently points to brain chemistry as the reason why boys are failing at school, and the solution to restoring parity between the sexes could lie in the revival of an old idea: separating the girls from the boys.
Without a prayer
Many secondary schools across England are failing to hold the legally required ‘collec tive act of worship’ each day and only require pupils to attend assemblies once a week.
The truth behind List 99
Recent media hysteria over sex offenders working in schools has only confused the public about how checks are carried out. Jim Sweetman unpicks the facts – and ponders what happens next
Choice, diversity and social justice
Professor Ken Jones writes exclusively for MST on the European contexts surrounding current reforms to education in England – and warns of possible adverse consequences for society as a whole
Constructing head teachers
With no end in sight to the shortage of primary head teachers, Tony Hayes looks at the reasons why deputies may choose or choose not to move on to the top job.
Lessons from leadership learning
NPQH trainer Adrian Raynor wraps up his series on the headship qualification by looking at some crucial issues the course has thrown up so far
Now that teachers have their PPA entitlement, writes John Berry, schools and staff alike could benefit if they are allowed to spend time working from home
Switching on to CPD
With the changing role of teachers, continuous professional development has never been more important – and Martyn Goodhand believes CPD works better online
Better workforce, better results
Staff reform can mean improved outcomes, but only if school managers plan carefully. Brian Fidler and Tessa Atton introduce a major new series for MST on workforce remodelling. This is the first of four articles studying workforce remodelling and teaching and learning responsibilities (TLRs).