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Issue PLT.04

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Involving parents as genuine partners

The Government wants schools to work more closely with parents. Fiona Carnie outlines a project in which a number of schools have developed new ways to involve parents in school decision-making. When parents are closely involved - both in their child’s learning and in the life of the school - children do better. Parental involvement is a lever for raising pupil achievement. Many parents want to support their children’s education, and a study in England published in 2002, found that 72% of parents wanted more involvement. Read more...

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Parents – punishment or partnership

W e’ve worked hard with our parents. We’ve canvassed, consulted and cajoled. We’ve supported, supplicated and supplied. In some cases we’ve achieved immense success. Some parents now work as volunteers, some then becoming TAs.

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Primary Headstudy: Co–headship – from dream to reality

One long–serving headteacher‘s answer to overwork, stress and isolation – find the right person and share the job! In September 2005 Maureen Wraight joined a rather exclusive group – heads who share their role.

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01/01/1970
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Headliners

The Respect Action Plan, The Education Bill, Parenting orders, Parents contracts, Multi–agency working.

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How can we work effectively with parents?

Free–standing parenting orders – Do we need them? Do they work? How should we help parents to help their children behave better at home, at school and in our communities?

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01/01/1970
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Prioritising your playground

Schools have an obvious if sometimes under–utilised ally when it comes to fulfilling their Every Child Matters responsibilities – the playground. Ben Nicholas outlines some ways of making the most of yours.

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01/01/1970
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Toward positive parent partnership

The support of parents in school has always been recognised as not only good practice but absolutely invaluable. Current reform, particularly Every Child Matters, ensures our schools are judged on parental contribution.

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Inspecting CofE schools: a touch of humility

Alan Brown takes a light–hearted look at SIAS inspections of CofE schools. However, he draws some pertinent conclusions from the schools he has inspected over the last 14 years and has some reflections to share on the current format of the inspection.

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01/01/1970
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ACE comments on the Bill

ACE (Advisory Centre for Education) provide a voice and advice for parents. In this article they make constructive criticism of the Education Bill.

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01/01/1970
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A health and well–being coordinator?

By now we’re all familiar with the Every Child Matters outcomes – or we’re getting there. A bit of a luxury – but if you’re able to appoint one, what might a health and well–being coordinator actually do?

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A week in the life of a pastoral care worker

It sounds as though we are closer than ever to an acknowledgment that many schools need someone to work in an outreach capacity. Vicky Harrison has worked for the ‘Schools Outreach’ organisation both in junior and secondary schools.

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01/01/1970
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Involving parents as genuine partners

The Government wants schools to work more closely with parents. Fiona Carnie outlines a project in which a number of schools have developed new ways to involve parents in school decision–making.

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01/01/1970
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Afternoon tea at Binley Woods

Consulting children is in vogue. However, in some schools it’s always happened. Michael Grange at Binley Woods Primary School takes an hour a week to find out just what his pupils think. I was lucky enough to be invited along.

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01/01/1970
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News To Me

News to keep you up to date

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Key Stage wars

Sue gives her con–sideration to the subject of special needs and how secondary schools do, or don’t, make use of information provided by their primary colleagues.

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01/01/1970
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The Basic Skills Agency

Basic Skills: The ability to read, write and speak in English/Welsh and to use mathematics at a level necessary to function and progress at work and in society in general.

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01/01/1970
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Tricks of the trade & resources to die for

We all have our own favourite resources and snippets of advice. What would you recommend? In this issue, Karen Ferguson of All Saints’ Junior School shares hers.

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01/01/1970
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How far would you go?

The new Ofsted framework and Every Child Matters have made it clear that pupils should be involved in school improvement. In most cases this extends to a few questionnaires and a school’s council. At Cleves school, they’ve taken no half measures.

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01/01/1970
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To fence or not to fence. Ofsted's the issue

The principle of the extended school is a good one. School facili–ties are under–used and could offer much more for the wider community. However, what happens when there are clashes between the needs of different providers?

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Friday Feeling

I’ve been asked to think about what an excellent school looks like. It’s a good conundrum.

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The Education Bill

Everyone is talking about it. What will it look like in practice? Mick Brookes, general secretary of the NAHT, makes his comments…

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01/01/1970
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Strategic leadership supplement

This is the first of a series of six features produced in conjunction with Capita Education Services .

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01/01/1970
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Briefcase 1 - Headliners: working with parents

Present and correct! Punctuality and regular attendance - helping your child

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Briefcase 1 - Headliners: working with parents

Parent Policy – guidance on homework, helping in school and the complaints procedure

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Briefcase 1 - Headliners: working with parents

Reaching Your Parents – lists of strategies

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Briefcase 1 - Headliners: working with parents (open access article)

Link parent advert

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Briefcase 2 - Parent views

Parent questionnaire

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Briefcase 2 - Parent views

Healthy eating survey

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Briefcase 2 - Parent views

Free courses for adults survey

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Briefcase 2 - Parent views

What would parents like? Survey to find out how parents think we can help them to help their children.

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Briefcase 3 - Schools Outreach

Referral form for a pastoral care worker

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Briefcase 3 - Schools Outreach

Working towards…aspirations for year 6

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Briefcase 3 - Schools Outreach

Report for a multi-agency meeting

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Briefcase 4 - New documents

Respect Action Plan - Summary

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Briefcase 4 - New documents

Working Together to Safeguard Children- some key points

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Briefcase 5 - Behaviour management

Sample anti-bullying policy

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Briefcase 5 - Behaviour management

Managing your child’s behaviour

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Briefcase 6 - New directions

School profile

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Briefcase 6 - New directions

Job description for classteacher

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Briefcase 6 - New directions

Sample job descriptions for TLR 2 (a)

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Briefcase 6 - New directions

Sample job descriptions for TLR 2 (b)

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Briefcase 6 - New directions

Sample job description for assistant headteacher

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