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SLT 5.6 Cover (Open access)

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SLT 5.6 Editorial: Wilshaw makes a clever retreat

The atmosphere of the last engagement between heads and Sir Michael Wilshaw at the ASCL conference was very different from the edgy, irritable meetings that have gone before. Under attack from Gove and two policy think-tanks, as well as the school unions, he has thought discretion the better part of valour and decided to make allies of headteachers. (Open access)

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SLT 5.6 Points

Too many Ofsted inspectors not up to the job; touch-screen gadgets encourage poor children to read; urgent action needed to prevent secondary school places crisis; and more.

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Ballots and banding

Parents playing the school admissions system has become fairly common in recent times, with wealthy, well-connected families typically gaining access to the best schools. Could an alternative system of banding and random allocation be the answer to a fairer, more balanced intake?

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Could removing AS Levels be a major mistake?

Michael Gove’s January announcement of extensive changes to A Levels received an unenthusiastic reception, and no wonder. By separating AS Levels from A Levels, the government risks undoing all the good that was achieved by the review in 2000 – and another exam results debacle, come 2015.

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SLT 5.6 Report Updates

Qualifications matter: Improving the curriculum and assessment for all; Violent video gaming and moral reasoning in adolescents: Is there an association?; Sound foundations; SEN: Preparing for the future

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Creating a whole-school reading ethos

Developing a school-wide reading culture is a big task – but there’s already one member of staff in the perfect position to help. Barbara Band suggests ways of working with your school librarian to raise the profile of reading and provide opportunities for the whole school community to get involved.

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Techniques to boost exam grades

GCSE reforms coming into effect from September 2015 will mean greater emphasis on end-of-course exams over coursework and bitesized module assessments. Here, James Righetti provides some simple ways teachers can motivate their students ahead of time and help make their revision easier and more effective.

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Rethinking diversity, vision and values

Every head has the moral responsibility to secure equality, equity and parity of esteem for all pupils. In the first of a six-part series on radical alternative approaches to important educational issues, John West-Burnham considers what this means, and how school leaders can translate these values into workable practice.

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Preparing teachers for disruptive or challenging students

For many teacher trainees, the idea of facing disruptive and defiant students fills them with dread. In this model of a professional discussion, teacher trainers, Dom Brockway and Merv Lebor, share ideas about how to prepare trainees to deal with bad behaviour.

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Empowering hard-to-reach parents

All parents are ambitious for their children, but not all have the knowledge and confidence to help them reach their full potential. Helen Barnard explores how schools can use evidence-based practice to engage low-income parents and give them the skills they need to help their children achieve their goals.

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Do low aspirations really cause low achievement?

Current government rhetoric very much views low aspirations as the cause of low achievement – but could it be the other way round? Loic Menzies examines the evidence.

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Hidden in plain sight - Uncovering the invisible child

How can we prevent introverted students from getting lost amid the noise and activity of everyday classroom life? Louise Kinnaird offers some interesting insight into the minds of introverts and details a number of practical solutions to make them more comfortable in the busy school environment.

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Incorporating literacy into imaginative play

How can we inspire very young children to take an interest in literacy? Sue Lyle makes it fun with a class hunt for signs, symbols and letters in the everyday environment.

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Conflict management - Putting children in control

Allowing children to take the lead in resolving conflict with peers gives them a valuable opportunity to develop complex social skills. Nicola Watson details a number of strategies teachers can use to gently guide and support the process, while still allowing children to maintain ownership.

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Data, data everywhere... But what does it mean?

How do we know we are good when ‘good’ keeps changing? Ann O’Hara explains how schools can effectively use data to evaluate and build on pupil progress in their current context, while also preparing staff for future unknown expectations of assessment.

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Manager's Briefcase - Tracking pupil progress

A series of formats to help you track and evaluate student progress on a whole-school and individual level.

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Briefcase 1: APS attainment trends over time

An attainment-based format used by infant schools and junior schools when entering key stage specific data, and by primary schools to inform whole-school and stage-specific overviews.

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Briefcase 2: Analysis of pupil tracking 2013

This Excel-based format facilitates a range of cohort-based judgements, informing analytical discussion about the impact of actions and providing numerical evidence of improving or declining trends.

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Briefcase 3: Meeting age-related expectations

Use this format to track students in years 4-6 meeting age-related expectations of maths, reading or writing.

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Briefcase 4: Tracking progress by term (Sample 1 - Reading)

The first of two sample formats reflecting attention to the groups of specific importance - overachievers, underachievers and core pupils (SEN, EAL, Pupil Premium etc.)

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Briefcase 5: Tracking progress by term (Sample 2 - Maths)

The second of two formats reflecting attention to the groups of specific importance - overachievers, underachievers and core pupils (SEN, EAL, Pupil Premium etc.) The text extracts draw attention to curricular targets.

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