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20/11/2013
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SLT 5.4 Editorial - A legitimate clash over performance-related pay

Wherever possible, heads and SLTs will seek to work harmoniously with unions. This formal and informal pressure within schools to ‘keep the staff happy’ has meant that far too many average but long-serving teachers have passed through the threshold assessment into the Upper Pay Range (UPR).

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SLT 5.4 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 5.4 Points

Ofsted introducing new, tougher inspections for early years settings; heads encouraged to take up posts in struggling schools; national programme to prepare existing school staff to achieve qualified teacher status is launched; and more.

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20/11/2013
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Is the SPAG test flawed?

Around 600,000 primary school students sat the new spelling, punctuation and grammar test for the first time this summer, and the results show that one in four children are leaving primary school without a firm grasp of spelling, punctuation or grammar. So were the critics right?

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20/11/2013
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SLT 5.4 Report Updates

Does money affect children's outcomes?; Pupil absence in schools in England, Autum term 2012 and Spring term 2013; Too young to fail; Closing the skills gap.

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20/11/2013
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Going global

Every school has the responsibility to promote the importance of citizenship – but getting your students to relate to people whose lives are so different to their own is no easy task. John Dowler discusses how schools can make global citizenship relevant and accessible to all students, no matter their background or ability.

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20/11/2013
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Strategies for effective differentiation

Differentiating for the wide range of needs and abilities in your classroom doesn’t have to be daunting. Marcella McCarthy shares some simple strategies for making differentiation realistic and sustainable.

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20/11/2013
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Creating a success culture in your school

A positive culture focused on success is the keystone of an excellent school – but what kind of culture does your school promote? Paul Trainor looks at practical ways leaders can take a fresh look at their school’s underlying attitudes, and reinforce the vision and values that drive success.

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20/11/2013
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Lesson Study – Towards collaborative CPD

The concept of Lesson Study is experiencing a significant boost in popularity in the UK – but why? In an introduction to this powerful, professional learning approach, David Weston explains how Lesson Study is helping schools move towards more teacher-led professional development.

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20/11/2013
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Observing Classrooms – A powerful shift in emphasis

Amid heightened levels of teacher accountability, Alison Peacock describes how using Lesson Study in place of traditional classroom observations has allowed her school, and many others across the country, to place the focus firmly back where it belongs - on the learning going on in our classrooms and what we can do to enhance it.

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20/11/2013
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The Children and Families Bill - What will it mean for SENCos?

Although mostly well-received, the proposed changes to SEN legislation will pose a number of problems for those of us putting them into practice. In the first of a series on the practical implications of the Children and Families Bill for the standard SENCo, Jonathan Fawcett outlines his hopes and concerns.

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20/11/2013
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Steps to achieving sustainable ICT

As schools experience increasing pressure to allocate more and more of their budget to technology while simultaneously finding ways to reduce spending, Steve Bellamy offers some practical advice on using asset management to balance the two.

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20/11/2013
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Are you ready for Shakespeare Week?

Next March, the first Shakespeare Week will launch a new annual celebration to bring Shakespeare vividly to life for millions of primary school children across the country. Elizabeth Dollimore explains why this campaign will support creative and cultural learning across the curriculum, and what you have to do to get involved.

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20/11/2013
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Evaluating EYFS provision

It can be temptingly easy to take a tick-box approach to evaluation in the early years – but according to Sue Lyle, this does not providethe insight required to develop provision that fully meets children’s needs. Here, she proposes a four-stage evaluation process that does.

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20/11/2013
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Manager's Briefcase - Observation and evaluation in the early years

A set of pro formas to help EYFS practitioners to determine whether their provision is meeting the needs of their young students.

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20/11/2013
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Joan Patrick's inventory - Shakespeare resource pack

Free resource pack from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, based around the inventory of Joan Patrick, a Tudor Almswoman who died in 1597. Designed for use with primary school children in maths or history lessons.

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10/03/2014
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Enough food in the world - World Marathon Challenge resource pack

The activities in this pack aim to provide students with an understanding of how and why hunger affects so many children around the world. They can be used to teach citizenship, PSHE and humanities, and are designed to support learning and fundraising activities in schools taking part in the World Marathon Challenge.

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10/03/2014
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Totaliser Poster - World Marathon Challenge

Record how much money your school has raised with this totaliser poster. Also, discover what can be bought and how children around the world can be helped with the amount you've raised.

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10/03/2014
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SLT 5.4 Full Issue

Download the full issue of School Leadership Today, Volume 5.4, here.

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27/03/2014
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