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Issue 3.6

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SLT 3.6 Editorial

How we differ from other nations

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SLT 3.6 Contents

SLT 3.6 Contents

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SLT 3.6 News

Plans endorsed to boost creative skills and talent, Schools sign up for phonics funding, Lack of specialist ICT teachers must be addressed, Weak teachers should not get pay rise, says Ofsted, and more.

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Ofsted worries Heads

Inspection under the new framework is proving to be tough. Is a broader basis for judgement jeopardising a robust system for rating schools fairly? Here, recently inspected academies share their experience.

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Academies under fire

Following last year’s review of vocational qualifications for the government by Professor Alison Wolf, thousands of equivalent qualifications have now been devalued - meaning that only 70 will now count in league tables from a previous figure of more than 3,000. In this new landscape, which comes into force in 2014, will academies still do better compared with all schools nationally?

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Creative skills and technology careers

There have been a number of reports published recently on the teaching and take-up of technology careers, prompted by the downturn in the economy, international competition, and the changing face of business. So why is the UK doing worse than other countries? Is it the quality of teaching, or the availability of technology apprenticeships?

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Leadership Briefing Report update

The framework for the national curriculum. Class size and education in England report. International comparison of computing in schools.

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The call for curriculum reform

Through an international comparison emerges the picture of a constrained English National Curriculum, where ‘learning without limits’ is hampered and assessment rife. Here, Chris Husbands reports on the findings from Oates’ review and the potential benefits of a curriculum overhaul.

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Looking beyond exams

In a challenging climate, heading into an uncertain future, young people need to be equipped with so much more than a traditional kind of knowledge, argues Marius Frank.

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Globalising education

Can effective global education be conveyed from within the classroom walls? Cliff Manning discusses how we can transcend geographical barriers to nurture a generation of global citizens.

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Collaborating to fight deprivation

To tackle the effects of social deprivation on their school, a head teacher, chair of governors and chair of the trust unite in a shared vision to transform their school.

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Rescued from the brink of failure

Failing trainee to flourishing teacher. Loic Menzies presents a case study to demonstrate how a united support structure can help trainee teachers to reach their true potential.

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Academies: Where does all the money come from?

Despite the government promise to neither incentivise nor discourage the conversion to academy status, the prospect of a financial ‘bonus’ has done just this. Peter Downes investigates why Gove’s academy policy is, seemingly, so successful.

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Teaching schools: following their lead

The autonomous school is a symbol of 21st century education reform. Here, Andy Buck of the National College and Liz Francis of the TDA show how teaching schools are leading the way in professional school development by sharing the best leadership and school practice.

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Putting Oxbridge in your sights

Despite its inner-city location and catchment area, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College is getting record numbers of students into Oxbridge when more privileged colleges are struggling. Howard Sharron reports.

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Classroom conversation commended by Ofsted!

Under the new Ofsted Framework, the dialogic journey to learning is fully embraced. Here, Ann O’Hara rejoices in the recognition of the value of talking.

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The disengaged parent trap

A lack of aspiration at home translates to a lack of engagement at school. Barbara Hine looks at a new Staffordshire initiative aiming to plug the parental engagement gap by lowering the social care threshold.

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Is wellbeing the root of all learning?

In the country’s most comprehensive research on the effectiveness of PSHE, Barbara Stiell investigates just how successful the programme has proved to be in meeting the needs of young people.

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The paradox of future safeguarding

The Munro Report maintained the key role of schools in protecting children. However, with finances stretched and the government call for wider-education reform, will child protection end up a lesser priority? Kate Fitch reports.

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Embracing a school commissioning culture

With deep cuts suffered by local authorities, schools will need to plug the service provider gap. Here, Katie Paxton-Doggett advises on the ‘dos and don’ts’ of effective school commissioning and the opportunities it can present.

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The rise of the computing cloud

The computing cloud is gathering momentum, but is it heading in the right direction for your school? Here we look at both sides of the coin, traditional inschool computing and cloud innovation to help you make an informed decision that suits your needs.

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The natural answer to school improvement

Hugh McNish reports on the improvements in learning, behaviour and wellbeing at a Glasgow primary school when a new innovative play area brought nature closer to school.

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SLT 3.6 Primary File

In this issue’s Primary File we provide an overview of the new Ofsted Framework’s key judgements and the implications posed for the SENCO in Manager’s Briefcase. Plus, breaking down gender, ability and engagement barriers to learning through differentiated computerbased play; opening the door for creative teaching and learning by incorporating thinking spaces in the classroom. And, we learn just how successful the EYFS’ ‘experiment’ has proved to be and gain a glimpse into its future.

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SLT 3.6 Manager’s Briefcase

The new Ofsted Framework and implications for the SENCO.

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The creative Early Years’ classroom

To prompt creativity in the classroom Amanda James investigates the link between successful early years pedagogy and a creative learning space that stimulates ‘outside the box’ thinking.

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ICT catering for the Early Years

Varied computer-based play is essential to both challenge and support in the early years setting. Amy Stancer looks at the importance of differentiating ICT activities to ensure gender, ability and engagement levels are all catered for.

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What next for the Early Years?

The EYFS can proudly boast a wealth of outstanding practice. However, in her recent review, Dame Clare Tickell looked at just how well the system had bedded down, and in so doing highlighted significant room for further development. Tim Linehan reports.

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