Issue 12 - Primary Leadership Today
Does size matter? –The Big School
Ten years ago, when Tim Benson took his third headship at a primary school with near 900 pupils, he asked himself that question. He is still asking it. Here Tim describes the pros and cons of being head of a ‘big’ school.
Strengthening Britain’s School Leaders:The ILMP-UK is launch
We are all becoming more aware of the importanceof developing an international perspective. Implementation of a modern foreign language and growing interest in the international curriculum are encouraging us to take a more global view. But what about leadership? Anne Keeling tells us about ILMP and its benefts.
Headteachers are a cer tain breed. They carry enormous responsibility, they are expected to know everything and be accountable to everyone. It’s quite understandable if we need to let off a little steam sometimes. In this article Paul Wyllie does just that.
Primary school libraries: “Could they do better?”
Schools are ready and willing to acknowledge the importance of developing the reading habit and the library’s role in this. However, when it comes to demonstrating this commitment in practice, Booktrust found that it was sadly lacking. Roland Marden tells us more.
Supporting vulnerable children in the small school context
There is nothing more rewarding, frustrating and exhausting than supporting a child with very challenging behaviour. Sandra Clement, headteacher at West Down School, describes through two case studies just how diffcult and valuable this work can be in a small school context.
SPEAKING THE RIGHT LANGUAGE
Water Mill Primary School in Selly Oak has educated children speaking 43 different mother-tongue languages. Yet despite this challenge the school achieves good SATs results. We look at how head teacher Jenny Edginton has achieved this.
Good and improving?
Jeff Holman summarises ‘The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, 2006-07’. What does Ofsted have to say about our schools i 21st Century England?
What is the relationship between disadvantage and primary sc
It might seem self evident but the fact is that disadvantage is a signifcant predictor of test performance. Bill Boyle and Joanna Bragg describe their research into test data and look at the effect which interventions might have on performance.
The shrinking horizons of childhood
How do we best equip our children for the future? Tim Gill argues that it isn’t through protecting our children needlessly before they have time to fnd out for themselves. In this article he explains how we can help our children become resilient and responsible.