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SLT 7.2 Editorial: Blackpool, Faith Schools and the Weirding of English Education

As Ofsted warns of small independent Islamic faith schools spreading homophobic and anti-semitic views, and providing low quality education in sub-standard, unhealthy buildings, a predominantly white state school in Blackpool faces a government-supported takeover by an Islamic Faith Academy Trust. Where is the logic?

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SLT 7.2 Contents

What's in the issue?

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SLT 7.2 Points

Eighty per cent of schools feel pressured to become an academy; 90,000 more pupils leaving primary school at expected level for reading, writing and maths; state school debt doubled in just two years; and more.

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Are KS3 pupils being failed at secondary school?

With schools held so highly accountable for exam results, it’s no wonder heads feel pressured to prioritise resources and funding for Key Stage 4. But what impact is this having on pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9? We examine the recent Ofsted report which investigated just that.

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SLT 7.2 Report update

Education at a glance 2015; Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: Articulating success and good practice; The NAHT school recruitment survey 2015; Isolated schools: Out on a limb.

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The future of assessment without levels

Responses are mixed to the DfE’s recent commission into assessment. The final report was positive, rightly promoting high-quality everyday assessment over summative tick-box approaches... but was it decisive enough to drive progress and encourage innovation? Sue Hackman isn’t entirely sure.

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How to develop curious and independent learners

Research tells us that children lead happier, more fulfilled lives if they leave school equipped with confidence, curiosity and the ability to take risks and learn from their mistakes. But how can such traits be developed? Guy Claxton, creator of the renowned Building Learning Power approach, shares some simple strategies.

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The ingredients of effective leadership

Talented headteachers come in all shapes and sizes, but there are certain qualities which, when brought together, make for a truly transformational leader. What are they, and how can they be developed? Graham Handscomb launches his four-part series on leadership that makes a difference with some key guidance for aspirational leaders.

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Handling the emotional impact of change

In any school undergoing a radical overhaul, there will always be a stubborn few staff members, clinging fearfully to the old way, refusing to embrace change. Promoting kindness and compassion, Colin McLean and Mannie Burn examine the skills leaders need to deal positively with the emotional side to school improvement.

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What will the College of Teaching mean for you?

The new College of Teaching provides a unique opportunity for teachers to come together to set their own aspirational standards, free from political pressure and fads, says Anne-Marie Duguid. Here, she shares the College’s vision for its future and explains how you can have your part in shaping it.

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Helping vulnerable children make the transition to secondary school

A rocky transfer to secondary school can lead to a difficult Year 7 and problems lasting the child’s entire school life. But one secondary in the South East is smoothing the way for vulnerable pupils with an exciting outdoor learning project that builds trust and grows friendships ahead of the terrifying transfer. Caroline Saunders explains.

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SEN and the new Ofsted framework

With the new Ofsted inspection framework comes a renewed emphasis on safeguarding and on the progress and outcomes of all pupils, including those with special educational needs. How will provision be judged? Suzanne O’Connell picks out the key points for heads.

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A virtual school tour

Not so long ago, a glossy prospectus was all a school needed to promote its unique facilities to potential pupils and their parents. But in today’s digital marketplace, how are schools to stand out? Jay Scott-Nicholls considers the benefits of a virtual tour.

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A response to the new primary performance descriptors

Almost a year since the first drafts and consultation, the DfE has finally published performance descriptors linked to the new National Curriculum. Sue Hackman summarises some of the key points and gives her verdict on the implications for teaching and assessment.

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Teaching children to care

Empathy is inherent in all of us, but for children who experienced a violent or poverty-stricken upbringing, their ability to feel compassion and empathise with others can be seriously stunted. Louise Kinnaird explores the role of schools and practitioners in giving such children the opportunity to care.

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Manager's Briefcase: Supporting key workers

A selection of documents to help schools support key workers in understanding, preparing for and performing their important role.

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