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Communication matters

Modern life provides little opportunity for children to develop communication skills. Professor Rosemary Sage explains how A Communication Opportunity Group Scheme can help equip our children more effectively.

Date:
12/02/2009
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Ofsted in the dock (open access article)

What happens when Ofsted get it wrong? Who is accountable then? Christine Gilbert is having an uncomfortable time and with good cause.

Date:
12/02/2009
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Safety on the net

How do we protect our children from the dangers posed by the internet? Sue Cranmer looks at it from the pupil's point of view

Date:
12/02/2009
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Pupil tracking and monitoring

Pupil tracking - monitoring progress of all the children across the school - is a focal part of the government’s personalisation plan. These proformas will help you track and review pupil progress.

Date:
13/02/2009
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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? Sarah Thompson shares her experiences and reflects on the role.

Date:
13/02/2009
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Primary review summary

‘The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: interim Report ‘ was published in December 2008. This document summarises the main points

Date:
15/02/2009
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Planning your INSET

In the article ‘Training for Technophobes’ (Primary Leadership Zone) Peter Winter shares with us some of the ways in which he supports colleagues in the development of ICT skills. The following pro form provides one method by which you might want to log your activities.

Date:
15/02/2009
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Safety on the net

How do we protect our children from the dangers posed by the internet? Sue Cranmer argues that e-safety initiatives need to be situated within a broader digital literacy programme.

Date:
02/04/2009
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Bloomin Lovely or another thorny issue

The long-awaited Primary Review has at last aired its interim conclusions. So what do we make of it? Richard Gerver shares his thoughts on what Rose and his colleagues have to offer.

Date:
02/03/2009
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History and Geography

Primary geography and history have taken quite a battering over the last few years. So are these 'lost' subjects? Pam Harper reports on TDA training to help develop these two important subjects

Date:
02/04/2009
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Equality for the disabled-reservedly

A new international treaty has the potential to transform the lives of disabled people of all ages. Ruth Scott, Head of Policy at disability charity Scope, explores what it could mean for schools.

Date:
02/04/2009
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Celebrating 25 years of inclusion in children's books

Letterbox Library is 25 years old. A co-operative run by people motivated by bringing joy and positive learning to young people. Happy birthday!

Date:
02/04/2009
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Inspection reforms on the horizon

In readiness for the new inspection regime, Knowle Primary School tell us how they've improved their school improvement process.

Date:
03/04/2009
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Auditing PE

In Ofsted's report on PE provision they identify monitoring and evaluating as a weaker area in PE leadership and management. This pro forma is aimed at helping the PE subject leader take stock of what's happening in his/ her department.

Date:
06/04/2009
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Are tests damaging the school system?

Mike Taylor, former primary school teacher and director of SAM Learning discusses independent revision through e-learning and how this puts children back at the centre of the learning process.

Date:
01/05/2009
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Celebrating 25 Years of Inclusion in Children’s Books

Letterbox Library is 25 years old, I thought it was older. I thought it had been here since the beginning of time. Maybe it’s because I can’t imagine what life would be like without it, especially for all those young people whose lives have been enriched by the great service they provide.

Date:
01/05/2009
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Communication

At last, it seems that the importance of the ability to communicate is being given official recognition. That speaking and listening are vital is stating the obvious. And yet, these fundamental skills have not always received the recognition they deserve. In this issue of ‘Headliners’ we explore some of the emerging documents that are raising the speaking and listening profile.

Date:
01/01/1970
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Editorial - Suzanne O’Connell

Why don’t they listen?

Date:
01/01/1970
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Beating the crunch-the bank at Bell Lane

Bell lane school in Little Chalfont has had a school bank for over 3 years now. Run by the children, it is open to all children and staff in the school. In this article they tell us how this valuable opportunity to learn economic awareness works.

Date:
01/05/2009
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Planning for learning – Building bricks back into the wall

Teachers spend a lot of their time planning. It is generally understood that planning should be reflective and flexible. In this article Bill Boyle & Marie Charles share research suggesting that the practice is far from ideal.

Date:
01/05/2009
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Specialising in science - a pilot for primary

In June 2007, 34 primary schools around the country were selected to be part of a 3 year funded DCSF, PNS and SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) pilot. Nicola Shipman describes the pilot and considers whether specialisms and primary schools ft together well.

Date:
01/05/2009
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Information literacy - what is it?

“Information Literacy” may not be a phrase that is commonly heard in the primary school staffroom but it is central to education today. Andrew K. Shenton and Wendy Beautyman explain what it is and why we should be building it into our curriculum.

Date:
01/05/2009
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Managers Briefcase Issue 15

* Help and advice with monitoring learning outside the classroom * A checklist for clubs * Suggestions for tracking and monitoring pupil progress * A summary of 'The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: Interim Report' * An example of an information literacy policy * Ideas to help with planning your INSET

Date:
19/06/2009
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