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A hard act to follow

The vague wording of the Disability Discrimination Act means schools should take extra care not to fall foul of its provisions. Mark Blois explains.

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01/10/2008
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Two types of planning

Schools face a huge challenge in linking their budgets with long-term planning - but MST’s finance guru, Malcolm Trobe, has identified five key pointers that can help.

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01/10/2008
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Interviews and insight

Many heads admit to mistakes in recruitment - but, as Jody Goldsworthy suggests, carefully structured interviews can minimise the risk of a repeat.

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01/10/2008
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Active learning is better learning

MST’s new series on better classroom practice gets under way as Chris Watkins considers the importance of active learning.

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01/11/2008
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The longest day of my life

In part 2 of MST’s shocking new series on a successful school condemned by Ofsted, the headteacher recalls her dread and helplessness as the inspection team arrives.

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01/11/2008
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Psychology, learning and design

Psychologist Liz malcolm suggests it’s high time we applied a more scientific understanding of human motivation to the design of schools.

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01/11/2008
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The many meanings of formative assessment

Assessment for Learning is all the rage. But are we actually doing it right? Bill Boyle and Marie Charles investigate.

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01/11/2008
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Levelling the field?

Supporters of a radical new approach to funding claim that it would balance out social inequalities between schools and reduce social exclusion. Could it become government policy?

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01/11/2008
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Personality tests can help you choose

Senior leadership appointments are fundamental to a school’s success, says Richard Churches, and ‘personality instruments’ can help to make sure the right people are recruited for key posts.

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01/11/2008
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Giving students a real voice

The vast majority of schools now have one – but if carelessly run, a school council might do more harm than good. Matt Lent looks how the best councils benefit pupils and the whole school community.

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01/11/2008
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Ofsted made easier

An online tool is taking some of the headache out of school inspections.

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01/11/2008
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Reach a little further

Schools sometimes speak of ‘hard-to-reach’ parents but, says Margaret Booth, we should recognise that many parents find schools inaccessible – and do something about it.

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01/11/2008
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How do you feel?

Primary schools that involve pupils in decisions can improve their morale, behaviour and attendance and boost exam results. Laura Parker tells us how.

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01/11/2008
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Sponsors! Who chooses? and why?

Court action by parents threatens to end Government secrecy around the appointment of academy sponsors from business - and lays bare a back-door privatisation agenda.

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01/11/2008
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