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Issue PLT.03

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Riding the waves

We are used to revolutions in our schools. Change is nothing new to us. In fact I feel almost numbed into expecting anything from the next round of school reform.

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The life/work balance – the impossible dream?

Teachers have the most unusual pastimes and often reach the pinnacle of success in those areas. The question then arises – can teachers maintain that success along with building a successful career in teaching?

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Teaching assistants

There have been vast changes over the past two years in relation to the role of teaching assistants. From being seen as a teacher’s help and classroom support they have begun to take on roles commensurate with teachers themselves.

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SEN support in schools – in or out of the classroom?

How do we best meet the needs of children with SEN? Most would agree that additional teaching assistant support is essential but where and how should it be deployed? Dr Rona Tutt highlights some key points.

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Teaching Shakespeare in the primary classroom

Were you put off Shakespeare at school? Joanne Howell celebrates the potential of Shakespearean plot and language and provides some ideas for enthusing primary children with his plays.

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The Fast Track to success?

Difficult as it is to drag ourselves away from TLRs, MAs, Threshold and PPA, there are other alternatives out there. Karen Ferguson, a Fast Track teacher herself, explains the advantages of life in the fast lane.

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Teaching assistants – a Unison view

From working purely in a supportive capacity, teaching assistants are increasingly becoming the focal point in lesson delivery, HLTAs and cover supervisors in addition to all the traditional roles. How does their major union view the new expectations?

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Some of the best learners are teachers

Getting children to teach each other is a powerful way to enhance learning and equip them with essential skills for life. Dughall McCormick explains different ways in which children can learn through teaching.

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Do we care?

Paul Wyllie expresses, in no uncertain terms, his feelings about a range of issues which must strike chords in all school leaders.

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Where to now?

By now all schools should have their staffing structure review completed. Many will have started the transition to TLRs. How have they done it? What do they have in common and what concerns do they have?

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The National Primary Headteachers Association

How much do you know about the NPHA? Cliff Jones, editor of the NPHA newsletter, talks frankly about the purposes of the organisation and its history, and invites you to share in its future.

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Teaching assistant? No limits!

Over the past two years, the opportunities for teaching assistants have developed at a phenomenal rate. Very few individuals demonstrate the possibilities as much as Helen Skelton.

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Diary of a casework officer

Warwickshire Education Social Work Service offers social work solutions to families with school attendance difficulties. Here, Cathy Gibbs looks at examples of what the role involves.

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High flyers – staff development with a difference

After just a few days in Cape Town, Andy Brown head–teacher at West View Primary School soon realises that his own job might not be quite as difficult as he once thought. Here Crispin Andrews describes Andy’s ambitious programme for staff development.

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Creating a children's centre

Angela Stones describes how with creativity and imagination the McMillan Children’s Centre was born.

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Beyond school inspection

We are becoming increasingly aware of section 5 inspections but how much do you know about subject and theme inspections?

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News to Me

PAGES DESIGNED TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITHOUT KEEPING YOU UP TILL MIDNIGHT

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Key stage wars

Sue Potts answers the challenge… how do secondary schools handle the big move for those new aspirant Year sevens?

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What has been useful. What to avoid!

Louise Mohacsi is the newly inaugurated head of St Nicholas CE Community Primary School. In this article she shares her thoughts and experiences on taking up a new headship.

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Trouble in the toilets

We’ve always had a little toilet trouble. However, in September our toilets became an issue of local importance. A salutary experience of how, if you don’t attend to your sanitation it might just send you round the bend.

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Horse or common sense?

It’s common sense that there is lots we can learn from animal behaviour. But just how much can it help inform our work with challenging children? Monty Roberts whispers the message in his books – perhaps we should listen.

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Friday Feeling

Our school has too many priorities. I’ve been told today. We must be more focused, we must strip our school development plan bare, we must address, to the exclusion of all else, the high and mighty standards of Literacy and Numeracy.

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Briefcase 1 - Working it off: work/life balance

Work\\life balance policy

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Briefcase 1 - Working it off: work/life balance

PPA planner pro forma

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Briefcase 1 - Working it off: work/life balance

What do you do to keep healthy? Questionnaire for children

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Briefcase 2 - Teaching Assistants

Questionnaire for TAs

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Briefcase 2 - Teaching Assistants

Professional Development Review

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Briefcase 2 - Teaching Assistants

Support Staff and Teaching Assistant Guidelines

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Special Needs Survey for Children

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Briefcase 3 - Shakespeare in Schools

Ideas for teaching Shakespeare

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Briefcase 3 - Shakespeare in Schools

Scripts for assembly: The Easter Disco

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Briefcase 3 - Shakespeare in Schools

Play prompts: ideas for improvisations

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Briefcase 4 - Professional Development Ideas

Development for Heads…keeping fresh

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Development for middle management…looking ahead

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Teacher record of achievement

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Briefcase 5 - Multi-Agency work

Making a child protection referral

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Briefcase 5 - Multi-Agency work

The Common Assessment Framework

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Child Protection Policy

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Briefcase 6 - New developments

DfES checklist for validating performance management practices

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Briefcase 6 - New developments

Steer Committee summary – how should we be tackling behaviour?

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Briefcase 6 - New developments

Performance management policy

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