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Issue MST16.4

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A new slant on roofs

Things are looking up for the environment as schools turn to ‘green roofs’ – a remarkable new natural approach to an old design issue.

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Editorial - Blair’s tainted legacy

If Tony Blair’s overall legacy will be tainted by Iraq, his educational legacy, despite many positive developments, could well be demeaned by his throwing out the Tomlinson Report and the continuing failure to sort out vocational education in this country.

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News

The latest news on Education

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Leaving so soon?

Forcing young people to remain in education or training until 18 could secure Britain’s economic future – or could backfire and stifle a new generation of entrepreneurs.

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Weak foundations

With new schools failing to open on time, are the walls tumbling down around the Government’s much-vaunted school building programme?

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Keeping up appearances

In the wake of controversy over veils and deals with suppliers, the Government has issued fresh guidance on school uniforms. Can it bring an end to the arguments?

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The long arm of the law

One school’s successful collaboration with local police has reached many aspects of students’ lives – from tackling knife crime and drugs to behaviour in the classroom. Crispin Andrews reports.

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Heading off the online threats

As the web develops, online security is no longer just about virus scanning. Graham Cluley looks at the threats of the ‘new internet’ – and what schools can do about them.

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Starting from scratch

Why would a high-achieving primary school risk its reputation by ripping up the curriculum and writing a new one? Rosemary Feasey explains.

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Thinking ahead

What is a thinking school? Nannette Paine gives a consultant’s persective on helping schools develop clear thinking about thinking skills and achieve recognition through a new award.

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Not your average school

Controversy continues over the Government’s academy programme, but Steve McElroy’s new school has brought hope where there was despair.

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Put the fun into fundraising

Sporting events can be one of the most enjoyable ways to raise cash for your school, says David Poppitt – as well as one of the most rewarding.

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Is your energy costing the earth?

As school budgets continue to bite – and Britain becomes the first nation to legislate for cutting carbon emissions Janey Hewitt finds some timely ways to cut your fuel bills.

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More than just Ofsted

As the children’s services agenda revolutionises education, so our notions of school improvement are changing too. Martin Baxter looks at the past, present and future of outside intervention.

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Let the future in

As the Every Child Matters agenda throws a new light on the inclusion debate, MST presents the text of an important recent speech by Dr Rona Tutt OBE on the way forward for special needs provision.

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Strategic leadership

Strategic leadership Part six: Data for leadership This is the final in a series of six features, produced in conjunction with Capita Children’s Services, which together will provide schools with a comprehensive plan of action to achieve their long-term improvement goals.

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Slam the door on fire risk

Schools are taking unnecessary risks by wedging open fire doors – but an ingenious new system that ‘listens’ for alarms could end the problem for good.

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Trash the cash

Switching to a card-based payment system can clear up many of the headaches linked with the management of a school’s catering system.

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A new slant on roofs

Things are looking up for the environment as schools turn to ‘green roofs’ – a remarkable new natural approach to an old design issue.

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Smooth solution to healthy vending

An innovative food supplier is helping midlands schools provide healthier options for their pupils.

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Making better plans

Making better plans A clever new piece of software can streamline and refine the sometimes torturous process of putting together your school improvement plan.

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