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12/03/2013
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SLT 4.6 Editorial

Why shouldn't governors be paid?

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12/03/2013
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SLT 4.6 Contents

SLT 4.6 Contents

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SLT 4.6 Points

Vocational subjects being dropped by schools, catch up premium for failing pupils, Admissions Commission warns of covert pupil selection, and more.

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Schools hoarding vast amounts of cash

In hard times, it’s generally sound advice to save a little money for a rainy day. But what do you do if it’s a school that’s hoarding its funds instead of spending it on children’s education?

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How did he get it so wrong?

Michael Gove has had to abandon his plans to replace GCSEs with a new English Baccalaureate Certificate because of widespread opposition from ministers, exam regulators, headteachers’ unions, and parents. How did he get it so wrong in the first place?

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SLT 4.6 Report Update

Reform of National Curriculum in England, and From GCSEs To EBCs: The Government’s Proposals For Reform.

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Why aren't boys reading?

Boys achieving lower than girls in reading has often been attributed to biological predispositions, but evidence suggests it’s not that simple. Jane Woodley of the National Literacy Trust explains why such stereotypical views are damaging to boys’ enthusiasm for reading and what schools and parents can do to combat the problem.

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Forget everything and run

With the yearly media frenzy surrounding exam results, it’s no wonder teachers are feeling increasingly pressured to deliver high grades whatever the cost. Chris Watkins details a few ways teachers can overcome the fear of failure and enhance both their own and their pupils’ experience of learning in today’s exam obsessed culture.

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Becoming a stand out school

Over a period of five years, Andrew Morrish took his school from Special Measures to Outstanding by abandoning virtually everything that Ofsted and the government took to be good practice in teaching and learning. Andrew Morrish introduces the ‘Standing Out’ conference his school is sponsoring in June to explore transformational teaching and learning strategies, by explaining how his school is carving out a new route where the teacher progressively becomes more and more invisible.

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12/03/2013
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Motivating A-Level students

The common perception of A-Level students among nonteachers is that being in post-compulsory education, they’re all mature, well behaved and wholly self-motivated… Unfortunately for A-Level teachers, that’s not always the case. Here, Marcella McCarthy outlines some of the problems KS5 teachers must face, and offers some simple yet effective solutions.

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Time for an alternative curriculum

Gove’s facts-driven, subject-based curriculum has been branded ‘old school’, ‘old fashioned’ and ‘fatally flawed’… but is there an alternative? Michael Reiss and John White propose a curriculum not built around a rigid list of well worn subjects, but instead founded upon the two fundamental aims of education – to enable students to live a personally fulfilling life and help others to do the same.

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12/03/2013
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How good are your teachers?

It can often be difficult to pinpoint the exact definition of a good teacher, let alone work out whether your own teaching standards match up to it. Heather Clements explains how schools can begin to evaluate and improve their teachers’ effectiveness, aided by her new toolkit – What is Good Teaching?

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CPD for busy teachers

The world of technology has some brilliant ways teachers who struggle to find the time to attend seminars and workshops can continue their professional development without even leaving the classroom. Glenys Hart investigates.

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How to trust others to take the lead

In the second article in our series by leading educationalists on the current state of education and leadership in schools today, Christopher Day reports on how a major research project has increased our understanding of distributed leadership, its fundamental and reciprocal relationship with trust and its contribution to improving schools.

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Avoiding the pitfalls of performance related pay

Performance related pay is in force whether we like it or not, yet there are still many schools without a rigorous and transparent approach to performance appraisal. Keith Wright analyses the challenges these schools might face, and offers advice on making the change.

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12/03/2013
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SEN children dumped on TAs

Pupils with special education needs are separated from their teachers and peers to their great educational disadvantage, new research has revealed. Maisie Gould reports.

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Proposed changes to the Primary National Curriculum

We summarise the proposed changes to the national curriculum which Gove believes will restore vigour to our children’s education and raise our international ranking. [Open Access]

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The right to go

Wetting and soiling in school has a devastating effect on a young child’s self esteem, independence and development. Eileen Jacques highlights a few ways schools can collaborate with parents to support a child suffering from incontinence and help them reach their full potential.

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Resisting the red pen

Young children who’ve previously been victims of the dreaded ‘marking red pen’ are often reluctant to unleash their imagination in their creative writing for fear of making mistakes. Alison Wilcox describes how she expanded the focus of her teaching from eliminating errors to experimenting with language, and managed to inspire even the most unenthusiastic of writers.

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Manager's Briefcase - The SENCo/TA partnership

Resources for developing an effective working relationship between SENCos and TAs.

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12/03/2013
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SLT 4.6 Full magazine

Download the full issue of SLT 4.6 here.

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25/04/2013
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