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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
In July 2015, Ofsted published their good practice survey, ‘Teaching and play in the early years – a balancing act?’ (150085). The build up to this publication made me expect some kind of mind-blowing revelation. In fact, I finished reading the booklet and felt first relief (that there wasn’t something... View Article
In the last few years, assessment in early years seems to have exploded to unmanageable levels and some teachers are highlighting, ticking, cutting, sticking and squeezing children into boxes (not literally). If you remember the first version of the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2008, you will recall Development Matters... View Article
Over the past eighteen months, I have worked alongside many schools as they reflect on the pedagogic practice that has been their mainstay. Differentiation has come under particular scrutiny and prompted a forensic review of its impact on pupil outcomes.