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Issue MST16.3

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Editorial - The raw and the cooked

Fifteen years ago parents would have struggled to find out very much about the performance of their child’s school, or of a school they were considering for one of their children. Now the complaint is sometimes heard that they have too much information, and that it may even obscure what is truly valuable about a school and what it provides for its pupils.

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Ahead of the game

As local authorities step up the integration of children’s services, explains Sue Crouch, practitioners in Blackpool are benefitting from a trailblazing training initiative.

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The business of learning

Wolverhampton children as young as eight are being targeted in an amazing new initiative to capture young minds for business and enterprise

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How safe is your data?

Data about children is always sensitive – and with the increasing need to share it, schools are seeking better ways to secure and back up their files.

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Wise council?

Beset by criticism and viewed with scepticism by the unions, can Britain’s teaching councils ever win the same respect as their counterparts in law and medicine? Richard Willis investigates.

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Two into one will go

School mergers are increasingly a fact of life, but over half result in a sustained decline in academic standards. Russell Hobby looks at how schools can join up and avoid the post-merger slump.

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Sorting out the cyberbullies

One downside to new technology is an alarming growth in virtual harassment. Mark Blois and Vicky Lapins consider how schools can respond now that bullying has gone digital.

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Pull yourself together

MST’s user guide to Every Child Matters continues as Maxine Froggatt looks at how school leaders can plan the way ahead in collaboration with other local children’s services managers.

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Better testing, better learning

Opinions about testing are numerous – good ideas for improving it scarce. Sarah Tough and Richard Brooks of the Institute for Public Policy Research take the debate forward with these radical but practical suggestions.

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Someone to lean on

Leadership mentors are proving an invaluable guide to trainees finding their way through courses. Nick Sparks and Jackie Switzer explain.

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This time it’s personal

One-to-one performance coaching is all the rage in the private sector, but as Annette Fillery-Travis explains, the technique could be a boost for teachers’ professional development too.

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Leading with behaviour

Geoff Moss and John Bayley round off MST's innovative series on behaviour management with their conclusions from 15 years of work in the field.

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Strategic leadership Part five: Tackling behaviour

This is the fifth in 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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