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Issue PLT.08

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Editorial

Time for a little risk taking.

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Assessment for Learning. What you need to know

It’s cropping up everywhere. Assessment for learning (AfL) is what we should all be doing and doing loudly if we want to be acclaimed.

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01/01/1970
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Raising the Game

In issue 7 we described the ‘Take 5’ programme launched in 2004 by HTI. In this issue we hear of how HTI are promoting the need for enterprise in our schools through ‘Raising the Game’ and the publication of Cotton Wool Kids.

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Manager’s Briefcase 1

HTI

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GOAL displacement

A major priority of the New Labour Government has been to turn around primary school achievement.  In this article Anastasia de Waal argues that the trouble is that politics have got in the way. In the Government’s desire to demonstrate just how much and just how fast progress is happening, she claims that improvement itself has been seriously hampered.

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A week in the life of a secondary headteacher

Peter Kingham is executive headteacher of Etone – a specialist technology, language and vocational college, and Hartshill School, which are based in the Nuneaton area. Hartshill is a school that has been in Special Measures and is now in Notice to Improve. Etone obtained ‘Outstanding’ in a 2006 Ofsted. This is one week in his life…

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How not to organise an educational system

It’s nearly twenty years since the Introduction of the National Curriculum and the shockwaves it sent through the primary world. John White reflects on what a peculiar twenty years these have been and how we might better go about designing a curriculum for 2007 and beyond.

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Manager’s Briefcase 2

Aims and evaluation

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Filling the vacancies – getting it right

How do you get the right person for the job? Buckinghamshire County Council has taken an innovative approach to training to help schools conduct more robust interviews. 

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Curriculum Enrichment

How do you bring the curriculum to life? Increasingly there is oficial recognition that children learn most when they are enthused and motivated. Our repetitive recipes from national strategies do not always come up with the goods. Wigley Primary School tells us what they are doing to enrich and excite.  

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Manager’s Briefcase 3

Learning opportunities

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Every child tested

Does every child matter or are some children still ‘mattering’ more than others? Dr Rona Tutt discusses the profound impact which the maintenance of league tables has on children with special needs and considers how promising the future might be without this crude method of comparison.   

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01/01/1970
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Tales from the head's room

Look, is it me, or do you find ICT a pain in the butt? I ask, because I’m on an ICT course for school leaders, and the idea is to do some blue skies thinking about your school.

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STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUPPLEMENT

This is the fifth in a series of six features, produced in conjunction with Capita Children’s Services, which combined together will provide schools with a comprehensive plan of action to achieve their long-term improvement goals.

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01/01/1970
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New to the job?

New in post, enthusiastic and ready to make change happen. The reality can be very different and bring even the most stalwart to their knees. How do you go about implementing change whilst maintaining relationships and developing an ethos that takes you forward as a school and not as individuals? Crispin Andrews asks heads and suggests some answers. 

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Manager’s Briefcase 4

Recruitment.

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Meaningful Work

Children thrive on responsibility in school, so why not make this work meaningful to them Pay them for their efforts. Headteacher Iain Bendrey has done just that in his new school in Essex.

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Parent Partnership Services and Schools

Most schools will have worked with the parent partnership service. But how much do you know about it? This article describes some aspects of their role, with particular reference to their work with schools.

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Bringing the Science Curriculum To Life

Is it possible to be creative with the science curriculum whilst maintaining standards and preparing children for SATs? Are we, as educators, guilty of teaching to the facts for too long in primary classes? Sandra Clement, headteacher of West Down School, describes how they meet the challenge.

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Manager’s Briefcase 5

Policies

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‘Power’ point?

What are the ‘secrets’ of good presentation, and how can you use PowerPoint effectively Terry Freedman draws some general conclusions from a few unfortunate experiences.  

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Learning from assessment

Bill Boyle, Director of CFAS, University of Manchester, takes us through some professional development ideas and points for discussion to support teachers in addressing the focus on assessment for learning.

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Keeping up the non-specialist way

When I irst became a headteacher I found, like many others, that I was also to be in charge of ICT. It was the job no one else wanted.

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Newstome

Pages Designed To Keep You Up-To-Date Without Keeping You Up Till Midnight

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Manager’s Briefcase 6

News to me – summary of documents and legislation.

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Tricks of the trade

Terry outlines the pitfalls of ICT lessons from his experience in education both as teacher and inspector.

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Up against it: Deck the halls – Ofsted’s here

There is never a good time for Ofsted to drop in. Every week has its problems and very few, if any, normal ones exist. But how would you feel if your inspection fell just before your whole school was moving to a new building and right in the middle of Christmas parties? Tony Witte tells us his experience. 

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