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Issue MST16.1

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The first hundred days

Starting a new headship this term? Don’t leave first impressions to chance – take Jody Goldsworthy’s tips and set the right tone for your leadership from the start.

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20/02/2009
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Editorial

Every Child Matters – A Tidal Wave Of Change

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Points

Education news stories

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Bringing Down The Barriers

The current wave of changes in teaching roles gives us a chance to look again at the way the curriculum is structured, says Geoff Barton – and not before time.

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Copycat Crime

Online plagiarism can be a big temptation for stressed-out students – but a range of measures are available to help school leaders discourage and detect it.

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29/09/2006
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Star Quality

The A–level exam continues to draw criticism despite – or more accurately, because of – the best results ever. Would the introduction of an A* grade satisfy the detractors?

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Something Special

What happened to the ideal of inclusion for all children with special needs? Andrew Sutton traces the growing body of opinion that mainstreaming is not for every pupil.

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Special Needs And The Law

With legislation continuing to shift the legal ground on SEN, Chris Webb–Jenkins clarifies schools’ statutory responsibilities to pupils with special needs.

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School Leaders And The X Factor

How can we recognise and nurture teachers who have the potential to become school leaders? Geraldine Hutchinson offers some crucial advice on talent spotting for head teachers.

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Make A Success Of Succession

With fewer school leaders available to replace those leaving the profession, says Jim Sweetman, schools will struggle without sensible planning for succession.

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The Tests That Fail Children

The previous MST published the disturbing results of Anne Matthews’ research into England’s primary testing regime. This time she presents further alarming findings and explores the implications for policymakers.

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The Variations Enigma

Many school leaders have been perplexed by what the DfES calls “the greatest educational challenge of our time” – but within–school variation can be tackled, says Ray Tarleton, with the right tools.

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Get Yourself Connected

As teaching staff take an increasing stake in their own professional development, the nature of school management is being subtly reshaped. Russell Hobby looks at the growing role of ‘connected leadership’.

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The Legacy Of Performance Management

Will changes to teachers’ pay prove an incentive to improve standards or drive a wedge between staff? Stephen Bizley looks at heads’ expectations of what might lie ahead.

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A Safe Pair Of Hands

A new framework for the use of external consultants in schools is set to make the process more straightforward and reassuring for managers. John Chowcat explains.

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Three steps to responsible behaviour

Geoff Moss’ and John Bayley’s ground-breaking series on behaviour management continues with a three-step guide that helps teachers match discipline styles with teaching contexts.

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29/09/2006
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No Surprises

The announcement of ‘shorter, sharper’ Ofsted inspections sparked some controversy but many have welcomed the new framework – including one rather interesting school in Milton Keynes.

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A Design For Life

Unprecedented sums of money are being invested in renewing school buildings – and the Partnerships for Schools group aims to ensure that it achieves real and lasting change.

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Packing A Punch

As the healthy eating agenda gathers pace, the makers of drinks cartons believe there’s a powerful argument in favour of their product.

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Healthy Schools – Catering

Schoolchildren now receive more nutritious lunches than ever before – and the School Food Trust is supporting caterers to help provide them.

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