Room for improvement
Many head teachers are busy completing their first Ofsted self–evaluation form – but how much thought is given to the question “what is your capacity to improve”
Practice makes prefects
The days of naming prefects and leaving them to it are over, says Chris Cordery, now that training courses can show pupils how to get the most from the role
Pool your resources
A better and broader 14–19 curriculum will depend on the willingness of learning providers to work more closely together, believes Melanie Hunt
Culture, discipline, and the rules (open access article)
In the first part of a new series, behaviour management experts Geoff Moss and John Bayley examine different types of school discipline policy and culture
Giving up on equality
Professor Ken Jones, a fierce critic of the Government’s policy drift on education, is more than ready to admit that analysing the problems and adverse consequences of the new Education Bill is much easier than proposing alternatives. It is for this reason that most of the Labour rebels will finally vote for the Bill: there is no clear vision of an alternative, just a deep sense of unease.
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