Issue 15 - Primary Leadership Today
Managers Briefcase Issue 15
* Help and advice with monitoring learning outside the classroom * A checklist for clubs * Suggestions for tracking and monitoring pupil progress * A summary of 'The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: Interim Report' * An example of an information literacy policy * Ideas to help with planning your INSET
Information literacy – what is it?
“Information Literacy” may not be a phrase that is commonly heard in the primary school staffroom but it is central to education today. Andrew K. Shenton and Wendy Beautyman explain what it is and why we should be building it into our curriculum.
Specialising in science – a pilot for primary
In June 2007, 34 primary schools around the country were selected to be part of a 3 year funded DCSF, PNS and SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) pilot. Nicola Shipman describes the pilot and considers whether specialisms and primary schools ft together well.
Planning for learning – Building bricks back into the wall
Teachers spend a lot of their time planning. It is generally understood that planning should be reflective and flexible. In this article Bill Boyle & Marie Charles share research suggesting that the practice is far from ideal.
Beating the crunch-the bank at Bell Lane
Bell lane school in Little Chalfont has had a school bank for over 3 years now. Run by the children, it is open to all children and staff in the school. In this article they tell us how this valuable opportunity to learn economic awareness works.
At last, it seems that the importance of the ability to communicate is being given official recognition. That speaking and listening are vital is stating the obvious. And yet, these fundamental skills have not always received the recognition they deserve. In this issue of ‘Headliners’ we explore some of the emerging documents that are raising the speaking and listening profile.
Celebrating 25 Years of Inclusion in Children’s Books
Letterbox Library is 25 years old, I thought it was older. I thought it had been here since the beginning of time. Maybe it’s because I can’t imagine what life would be like without it, especially for all those young people whose lives have been enriched by the great service they provide.
Are tests damaging the school system?
Mike Taylor, former primary school teacher and director of SAM Learning discusses independent revision through e-learning and how this puts children back at the centre of the learning process.
In Ofsted's report on PE provision they identify monitoring and evaluating as a weaker area in PE leadership and management. This pro forma is aimed at helping the PE subject leader take stock of what's happening in his/ her department.