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Latest Issue No. 10.1 Out Now! Here's what's inside...

Editorial: Beware of Politicians Bearing Gifts
There is no doubt that Boris Johnson’s splashing the cash immediately after his election sent a little frisson of excitement throughout the education community. It might be a piece of early electioneering, but £14.2 billion was something worth believing in.

Ten Steps to Building a Cohesive Workplace Culture (Open Access Article)
Staff health and wellbeing are high on the list of challenges facing leaders today. Nicole Evans offers a list of ways to lay a good foundation for positive work-life balance.


Wellbeing as the Core Strategy for School Improvement

When Chris Dyson took over at Parklands Primary School, there had been 150 exclusions in the previous year and morale was at an all-time low. By addressing the underlying wellbeing issues, he is now head of a school that is in the top 1% nationally for maths and which has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

Government Takes PSHE More Seriously
The Government’s new PSHE guidance is due to become statutory in September 2020. Simon Lawrence reflects on what this means for young people and how schools can be supported to meet these new requirements.

Taking the Lead on Curriculum Development
With the new Ofsted inspections including a ‘quality of education’ evaluation, schools have a new opportunity to reconsider and redevelop their curriculum. MAT CEO Louise Smith believes that for a curriculum to be fit-for-purpose, the people teaching need to be involved in its creation.

A Strict but Immersive Careers Model is Improving Outcomes for a Cumbrian School
University Technical Colleges are a new type of career-focused school that are providing young people with direct pathways into careers. However, implementing this type of education is not without its challenges. Principal Cherry Tingle shows how she has pulled a Cumbrian school back from the brink and improved all aspects of school life for a community lacking in opportunities. 

The Power and Limitations of Evidence for Classroom Practice (Open Access Article)
A new book highlights research-based evidence of what actually works in classroom practice. Lee Elliot Major and Steve Higgins explain the research and show how the main issue in teaching is not what you do, but how you do it. 

NQT Mentoring Can Improve Confidence and Retention
The #WomenEd movement has found that it’s not just female leaders who require mentoring and support—NQTs face related challenges right from the beginning. Vivienne Porritt & Lizana Oberholzer explains how mentorship initiatives are changing the playing field.

One School’s Experience with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years
Charlotte Gregson shows how implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme has taken their primary curriculum to the next level.


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