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Issue MST15.6

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Where are all the heads going

A small leafy primary school in the deepest countryside seems to be the ideal cushy post for a headteacher looking for an easy time – or so it might seem to an urban head of a large intake primary with a deprived catchment area. But you would be very wrong.

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‘Fixer’ Johnson takes reins at DfES

Ruth Kelly’s short spell as Education Secretary is over, her job handed to the rising star who pushed student tuition fees through Parliament

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Something new to chew

MST samples the new regulations served up after recent campaigns to improve the quality of school catering services

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Nature’s classroom

Forest Schools seem to offer an original and effective way to address problems ranging from childhood obesity to disruptive behaviour

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Ending the nightmare

When allegations are made against teachers by pupils, school managers are placed in a horrendous position too. Will the new national protocol make for a fairer system

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Tested to tears

With testing in primary schools continuing to attract controversy, Anne Matthews presents the devastating findings of her research into the effects of SATs on lowachieving boys

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PPA time – the story so far

Some heads expected chaos last year as the deal on PPA time kicked in – but were their fears justified Tessa Atton and Brian Fidler report on how the transition is being managed

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Smile your way to better grades

Performance in exams can be decided by pupils’ emotional state, says Julie Olsson – so help them to higher achievement with some positive thinking

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Making an impact with CPD

How can we gauge the effect of CPD activities – or tell whether they are making any difference at all Dr Coleen Jackson looks at the impact of professional development

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High performance, higher standards

Five years after governors became involved in managing heads’ performance, writes Carolle Kerry, the new national standards could breathe new life into the proces

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Keeping the herd moving west

Careless management can easily allow staff to drift and lose motivation, so Geoff Barton offers a series of suggestions to help schools get the most from their employees

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Teachers as researchers

Why should we leave studies on education to academics when teachers themselves may be best placed to conduct research Linda Devlin and John Beresford look at some work in networked learning communities

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Creating vibrant schools

Rob Ratcliff and Jan Chambers report on a project in Wiltshire to help primary schools become more creative and effective

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Pupils, maths and motivation

Maths can be a tricky subject to teach in an inspiring way, but a new university–led project is capturing children’s interest using technology and famous speakers

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New directions in behaviour management

The idea of non–teaching staff handling behaviour issues may seem outlandish to some, but at Annabel Kay’s school it has meant a breakthrough in student conduct

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School’s out for summer

As the sunny days kick in and parents are tempted to book holidays during term time, Mark Blois looks at the legal options to keep children in school

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Strategic leadership: Part two

This is the second of a series of six features, produced in conjunction with Capita Education Services, which together will provide schools with a comprehensive plan of action to achieve their long–term improvement goals.

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The three Rs of behaviour

In the third part of MST’s series on behaviour Geoff Moss and John Bayley consider the ‘three Rs’: roles, routines and relationships

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Backstop warmly welcomes the new proposals for ‘Excellent Te

If you don’t want a real job with genuine responsibilities like running a department or looking after literacy or numeracy, why not become an ‘Excellent Teacher’

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