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Issue 1.3

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Assessment audit

This audit is taken from the list of questions provided in the document 'Developing whole-school assessment' (March 2009). They could be used by your staff or senior leadership team as a discussion starter in order to establish what you have in place and what you should prioritise.

Date:
18/07/2009
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Art self-evaluation checklist

A self-evaluation checklist for art based upon the Ofsted evaluation criteria

Date:
18/07/2009
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New inspection arrangements

What can we expect from Inspection September 2009? The following summary of the main differences between the old and the new is based on the draft arrangements.

Date:
19/07/2009
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New pupil information

This information checklist is intended for new pupils transferring mid-year. It is particularly appropriate for pupils or who are newly arrived in the country.

Date:
20/07/2009
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Parent incident log

This pro forma can be used to record parental complaints and significant encounters with parents and any subsequent actions.

Date:
20/07/2009
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Stages in English language development

These 'Stages in English Language Development for Bilingual Pupils - Key Stage 2' have been developed by Luton Borough Council for use by schools in assessing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Date:
20/07/2009
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Code of practice for new pupils

This code of practice is designed to help class teachers check that the correct procedures are in place for welcoming a new pupil into the class mid-year.

Date:
20/07/2009
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Admission and induction of new arrivals

This admission and induction of new arrivals policy sets out the arrangements for meeting the needs of children and families who have recently arrived in the UK.

Date:
20/07/2009
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A fair deal for international learning

Are new immigration laws undermining moves towards an international curriculum? Principal Simon Dennis shares his experience, while the UK Border Agency explains the rules.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Breaking the boundaries of learning

Amid confusion over the worth of new qualifcations, could the International Baccalaureate offer young people the best preparation for life? Malcolm Kay is convinced that it can.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Creative licence

School leaders may be reluctant to embrace the ‘creativity agenda’ because of league table and Ofsted pressure – but new fndings suggest you can have it both ways.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Manager's Briefcase

Developing whole-school assessment.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Something good to drink

New findings from the British Soft Drinks Association suggest a healthy situation when it comes to children’s choices of beverage.

Date:
24/07/2009
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A game of charades

The latest in our series on a successful head condemned as a failure by Ofsted fnds the school’s staff jumping through hoops and going through the motions – anything to escape special measures.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Clash of the titans: Rose vs Alexander

Beyond the headlines the Rose Review of primary education offers no real change at all, argues Sue Lyle – instead it’s the independent Cambridge Primary Review that should shape future policy.

Date:
24/07/2009
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The Rose Report is now redundant

So the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies have gone the way of SATs at 14, and no doubt the primary SATs will follow soon. We are seeing the dismantling of the system of governmental micro-management in the classroom and long may it rest in peace.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Tact and tricky parents

How to respond to a troublesome mother behaving aggressively towards someone else’s child? This issue’s Leadership Dilemma finds it’s far from clear cut.

Date:
24/07/2009
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A new conversation about assessment

Are you making the most of new developments in assessment? Sue Horner introduces the QCA’s new principles and says now is the time for a fresh look at the whole area of testing.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Coaching with impact

Increasingly recognised as a key skill for teachers and heads, coaching can have much to offer schools – but what is it and how does it work? Nick Austin and Richard Churches explain.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Every penny counts

As schools hunker down for future public spending cuts, SLT’s fnance expert Malcolm Trobe offers some timely advice on how to get extra value for money from your budget.

Date:
24/07/2009
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A thing of the past?

As pupils continue to turn their backs on history, SLT asks whether the subject is permanently losing its appeal – or if fresh approaches to teaching could secure its future.

Date:
24/09/2009
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Refurbishment and remodelling – the right way

Don’t be dazzled by new builds – the careful refurbishment of an existing school building can offer the best of both worlds. Paul Turpin explains.

Date:
24/07/2009
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A very warm welcome (open access article)

Starting at a new school can be frightening for young children with limited English but, as Suzanne O’Connell discovers, one Luton primary school is finding ways to ease their introduction.

Date:
24/07/2009
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Listening online to pupils’ views

With 'pupil voice' increasingly a priority, how can schools avoid tokenism and engage students in a genuine dialogue about issues that matter? SLT discovers one school’s secret weapon: blogging.

Date:
24/07/2009
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SEAL: Insufficient evidence?

It’s been taken up enthusiastically, but does the social and emotional aspects of learning programme really make a difference? Neil Humphrey offers a critical appraisal of the evidence.

Date:
24/07/2009
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