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Issue MST15.5

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Coursework Under Fire

This has been a bad year for anyone who thinks that teacher assessment in public examinations is a good thing. After the teacher unions grumbled about the workload involved in administering and marking examination coursework, the QCA put the boot in with a report saying plagiarism was widespread. That has now

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Brown's Bonanza for Schools

Schools in England have been promised a £34bn increase in funding over the NEXT five years in what could be Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown’s LAST Budget.

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Take It As Read

The Government’s acceptance of synthetic phonics is now so complete as to suggest that ministers had backed the technique all along

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Suffering In Silence

A two–year inquiry run jointly by the Camelot Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation has found that health, education and social care professionals are not receiving the guidance or formal training they need to support young people who selfharm. Nor do professionals feel they receive sufficient personal support to deal with self–harm cases.

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Unravelling The Curriculum

As calls for reform continue to ring out across the education landscape, Jim Sweetman considers whether the National Curriculum can move from catastrophe to creativity.

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Getting Ready For Work

As employers continue to influence the curriculum, Anne Nicholls explores some innovative ways to prepare children for a life of labour

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Creating A Children's Centre

It’s one thing TO lead a school but another TO CREATE an establishment FROM scratch. Angela Stones started the McMillan Children’s Centre – AND ended up joining the General Teaching Council AND receiving an OBE

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Computers In Schools – Or Are They

Two decades on from the first computers in schools – and after spending hundreds of millions of pounds – Jim Sweetman asks if we are really any closer to knowing what to use them for

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Learning Across the City

After nearly a decade of promoting a market–type economy between schools – complete with football–style performance league tables – the DfES began, in the late 1990s, to encourage schools to work together in various forms of partnership.

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Burden Of Proof

Under the new Ofsted regime self–evaluation will mean nothing if schools cannot provide evidence. Trevor Riddiough explains how

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Collaborate & Regenerate

Consultation on building projects is a knotty problem, says Caroline Morland, but co–operation between schools and local authorities could be the answer

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School Trips – The Legal Journey Ahead

New legislation could transform the legal landscape around school trips. Mark Blois looks ahead at the new routes teachers may have to navigate

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New Resolutions For CPD

What new year’s resolutions have you made for your professional development in 2006–07 Resolutions can be easy to make but not so easy to carry out. Managers of CPD, co–ordinators and teachers need determination and resolve to ensure that what is being heralded as an entitlement is actually provided

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Handle With Care

A change of job can be a stressful time, so school managers need to deal sensitively with the new roles created by workforce reform. Tessa Atton and Brian Fidler offer their suggestions

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Keep Your Team Working

Team leadership is about influencing the activities of a team towards achieving its goals and drawing the best from its membership. The term ‘team’ suggests a deliberate assembling of people charged with achieving a task, so it is important that a team has a clear focus on its process and performance standards.

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Clarity, neutrality, consistency

How can behaviour policy be fixed when circumstances change every time? Geoff Moss and John Bayley’s series on discipline continues with a look at issues surrounding consistency.

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The Key To Easy Data Analysis

Surveying the local community can be made much simpler with the right software in place, as Shoeburyness High School discovered

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