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Education Secretary unveils new EdTech Strategy for schools

£10 million set aside for skills, infrastructure and assistive technology   Attendees packed into the Schools and Academies Show hall to hear from Secretary of State, Damian Hinds, with many forced to stand around the edges. After the welcoming remarks from the Chair, Damian Hinds opened with a reiteration of his trust in the profession…

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Changing payroll providers – 10 key considerations for schools

  Deciding to change your payroll provider can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to give careful consideration before making any final decisions, particularly given the ongoing recruitment and retention challenges across the education sector. Below are 10 key considerations to review before making any final decisions on your…

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How to avoid common disciplinary mistakes in education

  Disciplinary proceedings are the last thing any school leader wants to deal with. However, if they are carried out incorrectly, they can waste time and money and damage morale. It is therefore important to avoid these common disciplinary mistakes in your school: Mistake #1: Not following the correct procedure You should follow both your…

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Exclusion – A Symptom not a Cause of Knife Crime

‘Broken’ school exclusion system linked to knife crime surge, police chiefs warn Theresa May” (Independent) This warning was also supported by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, but can it really be true that school exclusions cause knife crime? Well the simple answer is no – school exclusions do not cause knife crime. I have been…

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Prioritising curriculum over comparison at key stage 4

Neil Stocking, Vice Principal of one of our Champion Schools, Highcrest Academy, Schools, gives his thoughts on how teaching has changed over the years, the particular challenges he faces on a daily basis at Highcrest Academy, and the ways in which the school overcomes these challenges: “I’ve been a teacher for nearly 16 years, spending…

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Making Education Digital

  We sat down with Dr Laura Larke, researcher at Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute to get her insights into how the world of online and digital is changing the world of education.   What do you see as the biggest barriers to pupils learning new digital/tech skills? Definitely teachers not having enough time to…

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The Power of Peer Review

Mutual accountability and peer review are greater drivers of school improvement than top-down scrutiny, says Kate Chhatwal Ofsted’s “guiding principle” is to be a “force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation”. Yet, last year’s National Audit Office report revealed that less than half of headteachers felt that their latest inspection led…

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