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Issue 1.4

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Grounds for improvement

Your school grounds could become a fantastic learning resource for present and future generations with just a little careful planning. SLT has a series of tips to help.

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Planning learning, observing learning

Lesson planning and observation could be a waste of time or even harmful if undertaken without care and thought. Chris Watkins’ series on pedagogy investigates.

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Soul and chips

Cold and unspiritual, computers might seem at odds with religious education, but Julian Stern’s unique IT-based lesson ideas will have primary RE teachers fring up the PCs in no time.

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The power of persona dolls

Early years children can respond amazingly to 'persona dolls', says Marilyn Bowles - which offers a great way to build cultural understanding and fight racism.

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Going off the rails

The solutions to school leadership dilemmas can be elusive, complex, multi-layered things, as one headteacher discovered when a promising young NQT seemed to lose interest in her job.

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Making Ofsted less of a headache

Schools in England face a tougher Ofsted regime starting this year. Mike Boyce from Granada Learning looks at how school leaders can make sure they are ready.

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Rapport: the essential ingredient

In their second article on coaching with impact, Nick Austin and Richard Churches explore what we mean by rapport, and how to develop effective relationships while coaching.

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The changing landscape of school improvement (open access article)

Professor David Hopkins begins a new series for SLT by looking at the remarkable changes in our understanding of school improvement – from what it means and who does it to its effects on students’ learning.

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A little local diffculty

Crucial changes to education for 14- to 19-year-olds depend on local authorities' ability to use their new powers wisely – but do young people and the public trust them to get it right?

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Tinkering with a flawed system?

NASUWT leader Chris Keates argues that rather than adjust the existing Ofsted regime, the entire system of school inspection needs a complete overhaul.

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Manager’s Briefcase

Manager’s Briefcase is SLT’s unique collection of photocopiable and downloadable proformas, model documents and policy guides to assist school leaders. In this issue: essential preparation for this year’s new-style Ofsted inspections.

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Schools in the driving seat?

After years of government tightening its grip on schools, what do school report cards and the proposed 'teaching licence' tell us about the way ahead?

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The curious story of specialist schools

With science schools underachieving in science, what are students and their parents to make of the specialist policy? Alan Smithers and Pamela Robinson investigate.

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Diplomas: one school’s story so far

SLT pays a visit to Hanham High School to get a close-up view on its frst year teaching the 14–19 diploma – and the lessons to be learned for school managers everywhere.

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Network Monitors make space for 30 more pupils

Managers at Barry Island school are saving money and energy with a new thin client network system. Alexandra Vinall reports.

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Self-evaluation - can it really work?

Self-evaluation is now well established as a way of involving schools in inspection. Or is it? School Leadership Today asks headteachers what they think and wonders whether inspection and self-evaluation are really compatible.

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The dark side of the web

The cyberbullying of teachers by pupils is causing increasing alarm. Catrin Llewellyn has some timely advice to protect both your staff and your school.

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Where should the axe fall?

Ed Balls has set the cat among the pigeons with his call to cut senior posts in schools and local authorities and to restrict teacher’s pay. It’s a first shot in what will be a fraught battle with the unions over where and how cuts should be made.

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The digital school fete

Schools will have to make every penny count following the economic crisis – so take Samantha Leigh’s tips on 'affliate marketing' and bring in some easy money from your website.

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Fresh start - or false dawn?

In the final part of our series on the successful school condemned by Ofsted, the school escapes special measures at last – but with a twist in the tale for the headteacher.

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09/10/2009
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Preparing for inspection (open access article)

With the new Inspection Framework now in place and schools already being inspected help your school prepare with this checklist.

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19/10/2009
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Pupil questionnaires

Collecting the views of pupils and parents is an important part of your school's self-evaluation. This briefcase provides examples of some questions you might ask secondary and primary age pupils.

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19/10/2009
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