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11/07/2013
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SLT 5.2 Editorial

A new semi National Curriculum is dumped on the country

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11/07/2013
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SLT 5.2 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 5.2 Points

New government scheme gives military personnel an easy route into teaching; schools are not challenging their brightest pupils; proposals to extend the school day to 6pm; and more.

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Will GCSE reforms discriminate against girls?

The biggest shake-up of GCSEs in a generation will see most coursework abandoned in place of more advanced algebra, challenging classics and practical experiments. But will an overhaul of the qualifications, and in particular coursework in favour of a final exam, put girls at a disadvantage?

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The risks of religious selection

Faith schools have never been more popular and they are widely regarded as centres of academic excellence. But are religious state funded schools also discriminatory in terms of religion, race and social and economic segregation?

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SLT 5.2 Report Update

Improving literacy in secondary schools: A shared responsibility, School funding reform: Findings from the review of 2013 to 2014, and The most able students: Are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?

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Our journey out of special measures

Once ranking eighth from the bottom in school league tables, Wistaston Green Primary now enjoys above average achievement and attendance and high staff morale despite its disadvantaged catchment area. Headteacher Linda Davis recounts how the use of data underpinned many of their most successful changes.

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What does it mean to be a good learner?

A maintained focus on exam results and a culture of spoon feeding has had a disastrous impact on our young learners – many of whom are not even sure what good learning looks like. Di Pardoe believes she has a way to give them back their confidence.

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Teaching STEM subjects through karting

Motor sports and mechanics are a great way to revitalise interest in science, technology, engineering and maths, and enhance the everyday learning experience. David Glossop reports.

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Are your students protected online?

With the recent media frenzy surrounding online pornography and its accessibility to children, many schools are making esafeguarding a top priority. Tim Pinto emphasises the importance of developing appropriate whole-school policy and working closely with parents.

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Fair funding - in sight at last?

The government has recently emphasised its commitment to an equitable national funding formula applicable to all schools, but is the ‘Promised Land’ of fair funding really as close as they’d have us believe? Peter Downes isn’t so sure.

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The intensifying role of school leaders

In the latest in our series on major issues in the world of school leadership, Professor Peter Earley discusses some of the challenges school leaders face both now and in the future, emphasising the importance of focusing on the right things and developing strong networks of support.

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How much do you affect learner outcomes?

The impact school leaders have on their students’ well-being and outcomes is often indirect and hard to measure – so how do we know what we need to work on? Viviane Robinson investigates.

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Unleash your inner evaluator

Change begins with you. It might sound like advice from a selfhelp manual, but meaningful self-evaluation and extensive research is vital for developing individual and whole-school practice. Dave Walters explains.

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The Children and Families Bill 2013

Parents of children with SEN will have more choice and control over their child’s support and provision, is but one of the government’s promises in this year’s Children and Families Bill. We summarise their main proposals.

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EHC Plans - Are they enough?

The launch of Education, Health and Care Plans in 2014 will mean major changes to the existing SEND structure. But will they be enough to improve provision for our most vulnerable youngsters? SENCo Bob Piggott shares his concerns.

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The new primary language proposals - Une fausse piste!

The recent proposals for foreign languages in primary schools are unworkable and undesirable, according to Peter Downes. Here he exposes the impracticalities of Gove’s reforms… and offers an interesting alternative.

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A NEET solution for primary schools

Industrial collapse has a history of knocking the heart out of communities, especially with young people, who are most at risk of long-term unemployment and crime. But what happens if you identify those most at risk at an early age? Annette Gillian and Kay Shaw tell how Carleton Community High School inspired primary school children to succeed.

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Manager's Briefcase - Preventing extremism

Guidance and resources to raise staff awareness of the potential threat of extremist messages, and assist in setting up policy and practice to help students build resilience against extremism.

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SLT 5.2 Full magazine

Download the full issue of SLT 5.2 here.

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25/10/2013
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