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Leading English in a primary school is a vast undertaking and, with all the current shifts and changes with the implementation and embedding of the 2014 curriculum, it has become increasingly demanding. An English leader needs to be organised and confident, but much more than that needs a passion for... View Article
Euclid, Hypatia, Archimedes. Pythagoras, Newton, Euler. Fibonacci, Pascal, Somerville, Turing. Mrs Emma Lacey from Redbrick Primary School. Every one of them a mathematics pioneer. Every one of them a leading light in the sometimes dark world of numbers. Every one of them a calculating colossus, striding the landscape of three... View Article
I was recently working with a primary school on their self evaluation, something I do often, and I was trying to think about why this process is so useful. Why, I kept wondering, was it better to get advice and support writing a self evaluation? Surely the clue is in... View Article
Without a doubt, school recruitment is critical for the success of any school. We know only too well that poor selection decisions can be costly and time consuming. However, selection decisions within teacher recruitment are no more or less important than any other part of managing staff.
Financial pressures and uncertainty on school budgets There is little doubt that school funding should be high on the priority list of school leaders. Pressure on school budgets will bring real challenges and the next stages of national funding reform will bring a degree of uncertainty, all at a time... View Article
Teaching Assistants Within a Changing Context I have just started my 42nd year working within the primary education system. During this time I have seen reform after reform, some of which were much needed and others less so. One of the greatest changes within primary schools has arguably been to... View Article
The Focus Update Service is an annual subscription providing primary school leaders updates regarding the DFE and Ofsted via email, with clear summaries of important documents, publications and developments in the education landscape. The service ensures that busy leaders get the information straight to their email as PDF documents.... View Article