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SLT 7.1 Editorial: Results day 2015 - The Govian vision takes hold

Over the summer, two trends emerged which should give all educationalists pause for thought. The first change was in the numbers going to university – massively up. And in the subjects being taken – broadly worrying.

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SLT 7.1 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 7.1. Points

Parliament approves first wave of new free schools; rise in parents taken to court for child truancy; research finds not enough schools training teachers to code; and more.

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Is compulsory Christian worship wrong?

The laws surrounding the role of religion in schools, including the requirement for a daily act of Christian worship, have remained essentially the same for over 70 years. Given the diversity of beliefs in the UK today, we ask: is it time for an update?

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Pride and prejudice?

New research suggests that worrying societal prejudices related to class, gender and ability are manifesting themselves in the classroom. We consider what can be done to tackle this unconscious bias between rich and poor pupils, and boys and girls, and prevent the existing achievement gaps from widening even further.

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Ofsted leadership guide 2015

Ann O’Hara reviews this year’s major changes to the Ofsted inspection framework and procedures, and examines the implications for forward-thinking school leaders.

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SLT 7.1 Report update

Ethnic minorities and attainment: The effects of poverty; School leaders’ concerns about pupil wellbeing; Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2013- 2014; and more.

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Education and the 2015 election - what now?

The dust has settled on the Conservative Party’s shocking majority win, but the future for education is far from certain. Peter Downes highlights the key issues for schools and their leaders, this September and beyond.

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How to improve poor teaching without alienating staff

When faced with an underperforming student, we thoughtfully nurture and encourage their growth and emotional wellbeing. Why should it be any different with underperforming teachers? Marcella McCarthy explores a range of considerate yet effective approaches to engage teachers in improving practice across the school.

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Students designing their own learning space

Surely the best people to design a learning space are those that will be learning in it? Juliette Heppell recounts her experiences working with pupils to create the ultimate innovative learning environment, and shares some advice for other schools considering this inventive approach.

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Developing a class culture of challenge

Stretching pupils in their learning involves more than a few extension activities for the most able. In fact, true stretch and challenge stems from a class-wide culture developed with time, care and many mistakes! Paul Trainor explains.

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Meet, eat, drink and learn: Teaching job skills in the nation's pubs

One innovative educator is bringing the community together to give young people the skills they need to find and maintain jobs in a difficult market. The twist? She holds her workshops in local pubs! Sarah Frossell met with project creator, Professor Jo Andrews, to find out more.

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Preventing the radicalisation of young people online

With this year’s counter-terrorism act came the duty for schools to actively prevent and detect radicalism among pupils. As extremists turn to social media to recruit and radicalise children in their own bedrooms, Brian Durrant discusses the steps school leaders can take to protect their students online.

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When students self-harm

Three in four school-age self-harmers don’t know where to turn for help, meaning it’s often up to teachers to spot the warning signs and ensure the situation doesn’t escalate. Alison Wilcox emphasises the importance of a supportive, whole-school approach.

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Keeping one step ahead of SEN

When it came to SEN reform, West Jesmond Primary School was ahead of the game – and it seemed Ofsted agreed, with a whole-school judgement of outstanding and particular praise for the SEN department. Suzanne O’Connell met the school’s SENCo, Ellen Jankowski, to find out how they did it.

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Creative approaches to teaching texts from the past

Poems and novels from our literary heritage play an important role in the new primary English curriculum, but how can we ensure all children are able to access and enjoy such sophisticated texts? Bob Cox presents a selection of strategies.

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Manager's Briefcase: Coordinating an effective response to self-harm

A series of documents to help your school formulate a swift and effective response to the alarming rise in self-harm among young people. Includes a sample school policy, information sheets for staff and pupils, a serious incident report form and a teacher/pupil conversation sheet.

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