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Issue MST16.6

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Weathering the storm

With some areas still reeling from the summer floods, MST looks at the worst- affected schools and finds out what the Government is offering to help.

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Not so special?

New research suggests that specialist schools are no better than other secondaries – but advocates of the specialist system are fighting back.

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A helping hand for NQTs

Newly qualified teachers are finding the support of their fellow staff invaluable to help them through their first testing years in the job.

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Who cares wins

Children in care still seem to be failed by the system in terms of learning outcomes. Dai Durbridge examines new proposals to put things right – and what the responsibilities will be for schools.

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Putting class into the classroom

The groundbreaking work of a remarkable London school raises some highly pertinent but unexplored issues about class and race.

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Countdown to primary languages

Primary schools will be compelled to teach a modern foreign language from 2010. Lyn Kendall’s curriculum snapshot provides a useful case study in how to prepare.

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Time for a change!

With so much innovation elsewhere in schools, why is the timetable still based on a model developed from the Industrial Revolution? Paul Mortimer looks at some more flexible ways to schedule learning.

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Can governors cut the mustard?

The future role of governors seems far from clear in the age of city academies and disengagement from civic life. Alan Dyson asks: where next with school governance?

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Every child chatters

Children with poor communication skills may struggle to learn and make friends, limiting their chances in later life. Kate Freeman introduces some invaluable new resources to help them catch up.

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Learning for business

As schools come under increasing pressure from industry to turn out young workers and entrepreneurs, Michael Savory explains how Young Enterprise can help.

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Someone to watch over me

New staff at John Wootton’s school receive real-time coaching during lessons using a video link and earpiece – and the results so far have been amazing.

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Virtually the best school in the world

Amazing new software can give teachers and students a virtual tour of their new schools and their chance to have a say – before a single brick is laid.

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Out of site, out of mind?

Is off-site construction the best way for your school to expand into new buildings? New research can help managers decide between prefabricated and traditional construction.

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The great outdoors

Huge sums have been invested in school buildings to improve learning outcomes – but the work of one landscape design firm could prove that the outdoor environment is equally influential.

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A healthy future

Despite negative headlines about the take-up of new healthy meals, the School Food Trust’s plans are still on track – promising a better way ahead for children, parents and schools alike.

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Health and happiness

Teachers were irked by a recent suggestion that schools teach health, happiness and emotional intelligence – but, says Bram van Asselt, a remarkable new system is already helping some to do just that.

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