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SLT 6.1 Editorial: Gove and Wilshaw will rue Operation Trojan Donkey

Chaos and bitter resentment still feature strongly in Birmingham’s inner-city schools over what is being seen as a major Islamophobic attack on the Muslim population of the city. In fact, the resentment is growing as quickly as Gove and Wilshaw are retreating from the issue.

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SLT 6.1 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 6.1 Points

England’s sixth forms bearing brunt of budget cuts; Teachers back performance-related pay, survey shows; Four out of five schools unprepared for new curriculum; and more.

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Introducing Progress 8

The planned Progress 8 measure has largely been welcomed as a fairer and more accurate alternative to the long-standing ‘five A*-C grade’ success measure… but implementing it won’t be without its challenges. We summarise the main changes and implications for school leaders.

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What is Britishness?

Following critical Ofsted reports exposing an alleged attempt to make the ethos of some state schools in Birmingham more rigidly Islamic, education secretary Michael Gove has said that from September, all schools will be required to actively promote ‘Britishness’ and ‘British values’… But what, precisely, are ‘British values’?

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SLT 6.1 Report Update

Includes summaries of the reports - The link between secondary school characteristics and university participation and outcomes; Advice note on maintained schools and academies in Birmingham; Not present, what future? Children missing education in England; Careers guidance, Guaranteed.

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Assessment in the new curriculum: Vital signs ...and learning to live without levels

The end of levels is only the beginning. The whole assessment and accountability system is changing, and school leaders at every level need to be prepared. Sue Hackman provides an overview, from testing of four year olds to the new GCSE grading system and everything in between.

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Ensuring data impacts progress

Amassing reams and reams of school performance data means nothing if it’s not being put to good use. Phil Bourne gives his advice on making the most of the data you collect to aid in decision-making at all levels, close achievement gaps and improve pupil outcomes.

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Is there a role for MOOCs in schools?

Massive Open Online Courses are well-established now as a tool for higher education providers to share academic knowledge – but could they be set to revolutionise secondary education too? Howard Sharron explores the possibilities for schools.

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Giving children research skills

Giving students the necessary research skills is impossible without first making them information literate - and this applies to every subject, argues Andrew Shenton.

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Charity begins at school

Raising money for charity is more than just an act of kindness. Here, Claire Cruft explains how engaging staff, students and parents in charitable events unites the school community, teaches valuable life skills and gives students the space and opportunity to discuss difficult subjects such as cancer.

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Rethinking school improvement

Whether the school a child attends is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is only one of the many factors influencing his or her success. In the second of his new series for School Leadership Today, John West-Burnham asks why schools seeking to improve student outcomes rarely consider the rest.

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Underachievement and disruptive behaviour: The psychometric solution

How can we improve the performance and behaviour of underachieving and disruptive students? Sally Wells describes how one school has turned to a tool normally used to select candidates for high-level jobs – psychometric assessments.

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Using Twitter for professional development

Twitter is transforming the way people communicate and share information online, and teachers are no exception. Jane Jones explains how you can join the blue bird revolution with six ways to use Twitter as a valuable means of furthering your professional development.

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A creative approach to the new curriculum

It’s been criticised as narrow, rigid and unimaginative, but the new primary curriculum is coming into force from September this year whether we like it or not. In preparation, Ros Wilson reflects on the ways teachers can encourage creativity, even under its restricting impositions.

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Working with parents in the EYFS

All parents are unique, and sometimes, what they want from their child’s early years provider is very different to what the practitioner feels is appropriate. In light of the increased emphasis in the updated EYFS on developing strong parent partnerships, Vanessa Linehan considers how to strike a balance.

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Manager's Briefcase - Updated information for inspectors

A summary of Ofsted’s recently updated information for inspectors, plus a series of checklists to ensure your practice is compliant.

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What is cancer? Get the facts - Macmillan resource pack

The free activity from Macmillan is a great way to help primary-age children understand the basic facts about cancer and allay any common fears or misconceptions. Includes overview, lesson plan and student handouts.

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SLT 6.1. Full issue

Download the full issue here.

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