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Issue MST14.6

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Through The Roof

Hard–pressed heads say they've no chance of implementing the PPA deal if their LEAs are left free to impose hefty service charge increases.

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A very pauvre state

Can MFL be resuscitated by the National Languages Strategy? Simon Sharron applauds the rebuilding of primary languages but wonders whether in too many maintained secondary schools MFL has reached the point of no return

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No such thing as a free lunch

The government has responded to Jamie oliver's campaign with cash to train school cooks – nut is there enough on the table to satisfy the hunger for change

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Every Child Matters

As the integration of 'children's services' gathers pace John Chowcat looks ahead to the changes schools might expect to see in the months and years to come

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The Limits of Parent Power

It is a telling fact that an increasing number of schools now have signs in reception areas indicating that abuse violence and bad language will not be tolerated

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A better future for assistants

Successful strike action has shown that teaching assistants are not prepared to be the ones who lose out as workforce reform continues

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Points

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has unveiled plans for Englands schools to offer year–round out–of–hours activities splashing out and extra £680m to allow schools to open from 8am to 6pm during term time and holidays.

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Buildings fit for the future

If redesigned schools are to offer a learning environment fit for the 21st century argues Caroline Morland then they will have to embody the values of our revamped education system.

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Giving pupils a say

Although far from a new idea children's rights have barely registered an impact on school decision making. In the first of two features this month on 'student voice' Lucy Sweetman suggests how we might start listening

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From Skegness to San Diego

Schools in isolated coastal areas face many problems associated with recruitment and depressed local economies – but as Professor Brent Davies explains the're looking far and wide for solutions

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Slums and suburbs

With parents apparently trying every dodge in the book to grab places at popular schools David Hellawell laments the forces that have polarised education in the UK

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Get your hands dirty

There are those who think school decor and the state of the tiolets are below headteachers' responsibility – but Geoff Barton believes the quality of the physical environment is inseperable from learning

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Are you sitting comfortably

How much thought do we give to the patterns of seating in our classrooms? John beresford and David Jackson introduce a series of remarkable findings on the difference seating can make to students' perception and learning

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Making the points add up

Crunch time is fast approaching for workforce remoddelling and staff review. jim Sweetman looks at the issues schools must confront before the year is out

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Father Teds Academy

Backstop tackles the academy debate while asking: What would you say to anice cup of tea?

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Reviews

A tribute to Caroline Benn: Education and Democracy The Intelligent School Teaching at Post–16: Effective Teaching in the A–level AS and VCE Curriculum and Effective School Management

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Report Monitor

Drug use among vulnerable young people Raising Boy's Achievement A study of the Specialist Schools Programme and Every Child Matters

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Five ways of listening

In the second of our two 'student voice' features Susan Millins and Joe Twyman outline a number of mechanisms that can give pupils a real say in the running of schools

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Managers Briefcase

Whilst every school is unique the paperwork that has to be created or trawled through in order to achieve set goals can feel like 'reinventing the wheel' each year. This year we have a 'timesheet' format designed to help free your time.

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Schools Out

School is out again. No more league tables to worry about governors' meetings to sit through LEA networking sessions to attend or inter–departmental squabbling to mediate.

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Better working through networking

Early results suggest huge benefits for teachers and pupils alike – so could Primary learning Networks be the way forward for CPD?

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Progression UPS

Progression UPS 2 – 3. Progression on UPS should be based on two successful consecutive reviews as part of performance management.

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