Issue 18.1 - Managing Schools Today
Sponsors! Who chooses? and why?
Court action by parents threatens to end Government secrecy around the appointment of academy sponsors from business - and lays bare a back-door privatisation agenda.
How do you feel?
Primary schools that involve pupils in decisions can improve their morale, behaviour and attendance and boost exam results. Laura Parker tells us how.
Reach a little further
Schools sometimes speak of ‘hard-to-reach’ parents but, says Margaret Booth, we should recognise that many parents find schools inaccessible – and do something about it.
Ofsted made easier
An online tool is taking some of the headache out of school inspections.
Giving students a real voice
The vast majority of schools now have one – but if carelessly run, a school council might do more harm than good. Matt Lent looks how the best councils benefit pupils and the whole school community.
Personality tests can help you choose
Senior leadership appointments are fundamental to a school’s success, says Richard Churches, and ‘personality instruments’ can help to make sure the right people are recruited for key posts.
Levelling the field?
Supporters of a radical new approach to funding claim that it would balance out social inequalities between schools and reduce social exclusion. Could it become government policy?
The many meanings of formative assessment
Assessment for Learning is all the rage. But are we actually doing it right? Bill Boyle and Marie Charles investigate.
Psychology, learning and design
Psychologist Liz malcolm suggests it’s high time we applied a more scientific understanding of human motivation to the design of schools.