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Issue MST17.4

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News

Round up of the latest news.

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The home front

A ground-breaking new award offers guidance and recognition to schools working closely with parents – a unifying theme of the Children’s Plan. Margaret Booth explains.

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On a different track

The Government’s much-heralded ‘Fast Track’ scheme to quickly train and promote promising teachers into headship is being scrapped. Will its replacement be up to the job?

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Spanner in the works

Will the top universities’ blacklist of ‘soft’ qualifcations deal a fatal blow to the Government’s efforts to ‘vocationalise’ secondary education?

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Time out

He took unpaid leave from a demanding inner-city headship and met with a torrent of tabloid outrage. Now Andrew Warren speaks exclusively to Suzanne O’Connell about his experiences.

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An inside view of diplomas

As the launch date looms for the new qualifcations, three institutions involved in the hair & beauty diploma share their experiences and thoughts with Managing Schools Today.

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Testing to the limits

SATs are such an entrenched part of our school life that we perhaps need reminding of how they emerged and their implications for the future. Bill Boyle explores the wider context.

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01/05/2008
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A change for the worse?

Ill-informed proposals for change could undermine the vital role of school governors as the Every Child Matters agenda moves forward, argues Phil Revell.

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Making it all add up

School leaders are groaning under the burden of initiatives. In the frst of two features by Graham Holley of the TDA, explains how a new planning tool can help school managers intergrate reforms  like Every Child Matters into the mainstream.

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Design for everyone

The shift towards personalised learning will need a shift towards personalised school design. Michál Cohen explains how her firm of architects has risen to the challenge.

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Your flexible friend

A flexible learning environment can unleash amazing results from your pupils, says Sam Stevens, but a good deal of thought, planning and preparation are essential.

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The art of effective teamwork

What makes a high-performing team? How should it be led? Geoff Moss and Elizabeth Floyer’s series continues with a look at the defning features of successful work groups in schools.

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Motivation, motivation, motivation

Keeping the best teachers – and keeping them engaged with the job – is increasingly vital to better outcomes for children. Jody Goldsworthy looks at some methods for motivating staff.

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The personal touch

PSHE can play a valuable role in new policy initiatives, as two school managers explain how the subject has been instrumental in their work on the National Healthy Schools Programme.

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Taking extra care

What does the new law on corporate manslaughter mean for your school? Andy Hopkin explores the implications for education managers.

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