Dai Durbridge

Child Protection in Education: your top 5 questions answered

From safeguarding records and new KCSIE guidance to policies and risk assessment, lawyer Dai Durbridge provides answers to the most popular questions asked by delegates at our recent conference. 1. Does the duty of passing on safeguarding records when a child moves schools rest with the old school...
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Sue Birchall

The May education philosophy and the SBM

The start of the new school year again brings fresh announcements from the government on the direction of education. The prime minister, Theresa May, announced her wish to increase access to grammar school education for our young people. Theresa May's ideas of a meritocratic education system based...
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Davide Pochi

Dear diary: my day at the Child Protection conference

From one-to-one legal advice and strategies on implementing safeguarding procedures to in-depth masterclasses and... a tinsel-green coloured Lamborghini? Here's what I took away from the Child Protection in Education conference. It’s 5.30am on Thursday 15 th of September when my alarm goes off. The...
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Dai Durbridge

Lawyers learn too: 5 reflections on Child Protection in Education 2016

With the outstanding London conference fresh in my mind, I thought I would offer five things I learned and useful and insightful snippets from last week. Serious Case Reviews (SCR) SCRs are changing but the recommendations within SCRs are something of a constant: better multiagency working more...
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Lisa Griffin

'We need more BME teachers in the classroom'

7.6% of state school teachers in England come from BME backgrounds and only 3% are school leaders*. Why is this number so low? Headteacher Marva Rollins talks about the training she does with BME teachers aspiring to leadership. Tell us about your progression to headship and career to date. Marva:...
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Kate Herbert-Smith

Teachers as researchers: 6 ways to encourage action research

Kate Herbert-Smith of IRIS Connect outlines how to encourage an action research culture to make a meaningful impact on pupil outcomes Teacher research is a powerful tool for professional learning. It has the potential to enhance and improve teaching and learning as well as increase teachers’...
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Gareth D Morewood

New school staff induction: don’t forget SEND!

With the start of the new academic year, you may have new colleagues joining your school. As with any new job an appropriate induction is vital, especially so in schools, and it is important that SEND features prominently. Practicalities as well as training It is important to ensure no assumptions...
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Elizabeth Holmes

The College of Teaching is 'an irresistible offer'

Following her appointment as CEO, Professor Dame Alison Peacock shares her plans for the Chartered College of Teaching, including Chartered Teacher status, associate memberships and a commitment to evidence-based expertise. With the recent appointment of Professor Dame Alison Peacock as the Chief...
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John Viner

National funding: new broom, old cobwebs

For most school business managers, the most immediate and urgent concerns will surround funding and it’s important to appreciate that nothing is going to change in the immediate short term. What, you may ask, happened to the much-vaunted National Funding Formula promised from 2017? Details of the...
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Sofia Correia A...

Be the writer of your life story: why we need to express emotions

It can be a struggle for young people to acknowledge overwhelming emotions and how to express them. In Using Poetry to Promote Talking and Healing, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith outlines how we can help students to express their emotions clearly and safely. Poetry can open up discussion In Using Poetry to...
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