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Issue MST15.1

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Learning outside the classroom

Learning outside the classroom is a priority for the DCSF. The following pro forma are a format which might be used to help monitor participation in different clubs and identify where groups are under represented.

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Teaching without training

The number of non–qualified teachers working in UK schools has increased by almost 500 per cent since 1997 – so what is the Government doing to attract more graduates.

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Where next for multicultural education?

As the nationworks through the aftermath of this years London bombings Raspal Chima considers the implications for the future of multicultural education in the UK

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Payment made easy

Local authorities are finding that the internet can take a lot of the hassle out of payment for school meals

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Strength through diversity

Being appropriately multicultural is a niggling anxiety for some schools and a serious worry for others. Even those schools that imagine they have become truly multicultural have found themselves under pressure from Islamic groups which accuse them o

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Move forward with healthy vending

By replacing junk with healthy food in their vending machines writes Joe Harvey of the Health Education Trust schools can have the best of both worlds.

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Do better results mean worse exams

As the controversy rages on over the UK's improved exam results Professor Alan Smithers reveals teh real reasons behind the trend and looks at the arguments for and against reform

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Backstop

As another year behins Backstop deconstructs your annual letter to parents

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The end of subjects

A curriculum based on skills rather than subjects has been discussed by educationalists for years now – so is it any closer to becoming a reality?

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Creative solutions to PPA time

Many fear chaos as the PPA time agreement comes into force – but some schools are taking the oppurtunity to reorganise teaching and learning for the better

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Managing Schools Today Points

Controversy over improved GCSE grades. From teacher training to teh dole queue.

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Vertical tutoring : a visionary solution

Schools with unique issues need unique answers and Lynn Gadd believes her new academy has struck gold with the use of mixed–age or 'vertical' tutor groups.

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Defending Vending

Vending machines have borne the brunt of the backlash on obesity – but Jan Podsiadly of the Automatic Vending Association believes their bad press is unjustified

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Mentors at the centre

As the children's services agenda gives a focal role to learning mentors Leora Cruddas presents evidence suggesting that the benefits could be manifold

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Making the right approach

Link–ups with industry can offer schools a great deal – but careful preparation is necessary even before approaching a business. Alison Halford offers some pointers

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Into extra time

MST's new series on innovation in school management begins as Colin Goffin shares the secrets of 'period 6' – an inspired and flexible way of re–using teachers' invigilation time

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Religious divide

Parents are angry about the lack of consultation on plan for City Academies – and fearful of a fundamentalist influence on teaching

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Turning down the heat

Conflict can be a natural and healthy part of the teamwork – but can also reach dangerous levels. Jeff Jones has some pointers to help school leaders defuse the situation

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