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Is there a danger that school leadership can become overly complicated? What is the essence of leading a great school? It goes without saying that at the heart of great leadership is the relentless drive to get the best for your children.
Subject leadership can be problematic in primary schools and academies. Core subject leadership normally attracts remuneration and may be within the remit of a senior leader. But the relegation of science from the subject premier league is another story, especially since the demise of SATS at Key Stage 2.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about British values (or should that be British Values?) and SMSC Development, what they mean in a changing context and the current climate we’re in (rainy, mostly). Right… put the kettle on, glance out of the window to check if it’s still raining and... View Article
Coaching in education has been a part of the educational landscape for many years and yet there are still many myths about its effectiveness and validity.
It’s that time of year again. Along with the falling leaves, we all eagerly review our RAISEonline which is of course our data pack (sorry! information pack), indicating whether we need to look over our shoulder with some concern, or indeed welcome a visit from you know who. Perhaps it... View Article
Recent changes to the inspection framework have made it clear: when judging teaching over time, more weight needs to be given to the evidence of learning as evidenced in learners’ books. This should naturally lead to much more focus being given to book scrutiny as a natural part of a... View Article
Keep your eye firmly on the Classroom Assessment Ball The content of the revised curriculum and how pupils’ progress is assessed in the classroom is becoming more familiar to increasing numbers of teachers.
What an interesting year I have had working with the implementation of the 2014 English curriculum! Not only have we battled with raised expectations and new objectives but also a completely new approach to assessment. Standards look different; children may work below or at the expected standard or at greater... View Article