Gareth D Morewood

GCSE results day: will Progress 8 make a difference?

Now results are in, Gareth D Morewood explores how the new measure of performance, Progress 8, may affect how we value success. As we get towards the end of the of the summer break there is a mixture of feelings for teachers across the UK and indeed further afield. Not only the trepidation of...
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Elizabeth Holmes

Refresh your school's CPD: top tips

Give professional learning at your school a boost. Elizabeth Holmes offers eight top tips to help CPD leaders refresh their policy and practice. 'Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly.' Plutarch However successful professional and personal learning have been in your...
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Evie Prysor-Jones

'I refused to believe I couldn't walk' - how to challenge beliefs and achieve your goals

Paralympian Wendy Smith used her love of sport to fight against existing beliefs and explains how having goals and a passion can give pupils a toolkit for life. The Olympic and Paralympic games remind us all of what it is possible to achieve when you put dedication, positivity and resilience into...
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Suzanne O'Connell

Advice for the first time headteacher

You’ve met the staff, the governors, and been introduced to the parents and children at your new school. Are you ready for those first days, weeks and months? You’ve had the whole summer holiday to prepare and to worry about the new role you’re taking on. Now is the time to put your preparation...
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Andrew Moffat

My top 5 equality picture books for primary

To prepare children for life in modern Britain, schools need to teach equality, including LGBT equality. Andrew Moffat lists 5 books he’s used to explore differences and sexual orientation with primary school pupils. As they grow up, children will meet people who identify as LGBT and some will grow...
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Liz Worthen

Developing sustained, effective middle leadership: keys to success

With middle leaders as the vital cogs in the wheel of school improvement, how can we best enable them to operate smoothly and effectively? ‘There was a common thread in schools that struggled over many years of persistent weaknesses in middle leadership.’ (Ofsted annual report 2014/15) ‘It’s not...
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Alex Masters

NQT inductions are more critical than ever

Reasons for NQTs quitting the teaching profession may be varied but, with the right structures in place, we can turn this around. The statistics are pretty depressing. Almost four out of ten teachers quit within a year of qualifying according to analysis of government figures. The reasons will be...
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Elizabeth Holmes

CPD support for teacher's wellbeing and self-worth

Teachers' wellbeing and self-worth are of paramount importance if they are to nurture similar confidence in their pupils. Elizabeth Holmes discusses what steps can be taken to support this important area of CPD. Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. (Wayne Dyer) Is it...
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Alex Masters

Premises management brick by brick

Alas, for many SBMs, this summer holiday will involve more contractors and collateral warranties than camping and cruises. Check out our expert advice to help your building projects run smoothly. I’m starting to think that school business managers might actually be superhuman. Not only do they have...
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Alex Masters

Why this summer holiday is more important than you think

It’s holiday time! Drawing on famous wisdom and modern day research, we show you why reaching for that hammock and pina colada is more critical than ever Gone are the days when ‘summer holiday’ meant sitting on a bus with Cliff Richard with a quality quiff and a cheesy smile. Sadly, for many, the...
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