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SLT 7.5 Cover: Keeping your best teachers on board

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SLT 7.5 Editorial: The flight from complexity

Like Brexit, the resurrection of grammar schools seems to be based on a golden period of time where 'everything was better'. Not only are such arguments for selective schooling naive, they fly in the face of all known evidence!

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SLT 7.5 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 7.5 Points

Majority of teachers against new grammar schools; parents unimpressed by poor school websites; playing computer games boosts achievement; and more.

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SATs 2016: A view from the staffroom

Outrage followed this year’s SATs, with teachers, parents and pupils alike condemning the tests as too demanding for 11-year-olds. With the less-than-brilliant results seeming to prove them right, Tom Parrington speaks to school staff to find out what went wrong.

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Why have children become so violent?

Media reports frequently tell us of poor pupil behaviour in UK schools. But why is this behaviour increasingly turning to violence? And what impact is this having on our teachers and schools? Louise Kinnaird reports.

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SLT 7.5 Report Update

The balancing act: Report on the working lives of deputy and assistant headteachers and vice principals; Poverty of opportunity?; Beyond the plateau: The case for an Institute for Advanced Teaching; Rapid school improvement.

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Grammar schools: The end of evidence-based practice?

Theresa May didn’t just throw out Cameron’s anti-grammar school policy, but a political consensus to give primacy to evidence in education practice and policy. Professor Carey Philpott explains.

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Beyond Brexit: All quiet on the education front?

The shock result of the Brexit vote and subsequent cabinet reshuffle have pushed the DfE’s recent and controversial White Paper right out of the political spotlight. Are schools finally in for some peace and quiet? Roger Inman isn’t so sure...

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How to keep your best teachers

More teachers than ever before are leaving not only their current positions but the profession entirely. Why, and what can be done about it? Denise Inwood explores the key reasons our most experienced and talented teachers are moving on, plus a few ways school leaders can convince them to stay.

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Harnessing the power of teacher leaders

With the demands of their job, it can be easy for senior leaders to forget what it’s like at the chalk face and make decisions that adversely affect life in the classroom. That’s why, says Graham Handscomb, we should be encouraging teachers to take on a leadership role. But how?

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Lesson study: Lost in translation?

The Japanese concept of lesson study is experiencing a significant boost in popularity in the UK. But what is lesson study exactly, and how does the approach translate to the British classroom? In the first of two articles, the IOE’s Sarah Seleznyov gives a useful guide.

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Seven steps to raising achievement

With lack-lustre GCSE results and a low percentage of pupils making good progress, leaders at Bedford Academy knew decisive action was needed in every department. Here Kayleigh Greenacre, head of arts and sports, reveals the seven strategies that have proved most successful in driving rapid pupil progress.

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School improvement: London is sharing the sweets

Sharing best practice is a crucial ingredient of school improvement, yet at times it can miss the mark. So what can be done to make the process effective and valuable for everyone involved? Trevor Folley looks at an exciting initiative gathering pace in London.

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Is your school on brand?

When it comes to choosing schools, today’s parents are more switched on than ever. How can you ensure your school stands out above the rest? David Limb shares some practical steps leaders can take to isolate exactly what makes their school special and communicate this to prospective parents and pupils.

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Plagiarism: Is it a school problem?

Traditionally, plagiarism has been seen as an issue for higher education. But, in the Information Age, there’s an understated need for schools to teach all students digital ethics...

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Assessing progress in foundation subjects

It is hard to focus on the assessment of foundation subjects when so much attention is absorbed by the make-or-break assessments of reading, writing and mathematics. But is it unwise to neglect the other subjects, and how can they be assessed if there are no performance descriptors? Sue Hackman looks for answers.

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Our journey beyond special measures

They came out of special measures in July 2012, but Ravensthorpe Primary had a long way to go before provision was the best it could be across the entire school. Ann O’Hara reports on the school’s successful turnaround.

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The classroom where children pay their way

With bills to pay and businesses to run, these primary school pupils are getting a taste of grownup life they’ll never forget! Teacher Kathleen Hunter explains how creating a fully functioning town right inside her classroom has proven so valuable to learning.

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