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In the 20 years I have worked in the education sector as a teacher, head and now academy trust chief executive, I have advocated a range of approaches to raising standards and enhancing student attainment. Against a backdrop of ever tighter funding, it is increasingly clear that this also needs to be achieved while ensuring…

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Well it can’t be said that special educational needs is never in the news anymore! I don’t remember a time when there has been so much press coverage about the area to which I have dedicated my career for the last 26 years. Unfortunately, most of the stories that we read are not good news…

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School exclusion rates have risen by 40% in the last three years[1]. A large increase in numbers of children with complex needs, and the increased propensity of schools to exclude children – due the impact of funding cuts and staff pressures on their ability to support behavioural interventions without resorting to exclusions – are driving…

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Every multi-academy trust (MAT) is unique and there is no perfect success formula. In essence, that is why they exist – to give education leaders autonomy to run their schools to achieve the best outcomes. Based on our 25 years of experience (and counting!) of providing HR, payroll and pension solutions to MATs in varying…

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Andy Mellor, President, NAHT When you visit Westminster, you expect to see the union jacks, the black cabs and the red double-deckers. What you don’t expect to see are two thousand school leaders marching on Downing Street to make their concerns over school funding heard – but this was the sight that greeted the bemused…

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According to the Discover Society article, ‘Multi-Academy Trusts in England – are they really accountable?’: “managing and governing collaborative organisations [such as Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs)] is no mean feat… Even when all of the collaborating organisations are keen for it to work, the challenges of factors such as: the creation of a coherent organisational identity; ensuring…

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In advance of her session at The Schools & Academies Show, we sat down with Natasha Devon MBE, to get the inside track on mental health and wellbeing in schools.   You are a consummate advocate for positive mental health. What motivates you in your work? I was ten when I had what I now…

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Kat Howard – Senior Education Consultant for Online Safety at RM Education   Schools have a duty of care to protect their students from harm and a vital part of this safeguarding provision in schools is now attributed to online safety.  The recent changes to legislation in the UK reflect this increasing focus on the…

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Background The Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) currently has 31 open academies educating approximately 16,000 pupils across eight local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire. The Trust’s mission is to enable every child within its academies to be the best they can be. The Trust is a…

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How should we best prepare students for the world’s multifarious opportunities? Tom Ravenscroft, of the Skills Builder Partnership, has suggestions If we think about our own lives and careers, we can pinpoint skills that support success across industries: the ability to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to manage our own goals and motivations, and to…

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Greenshaw Learning Trust and Folio Education Trust are reaping significant financial and operational benefits from procurement collaboration Schools are facing increasing budgetary pressures and, with the continuing uncertainty surrounding the roll out of the National Funding Formula over the next three years, this burden is unlikely to ease. The need to identify new solutions to…

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Nigel Smith, MD of Courses and Learning at FutureLearn, explains how teachers can bring online learning into the classroom Educators put great stock in learning, so the idea of continuous learning and professional development shouldn’t be a hard sell. ‘Live your brand’ as marketeers say. Yet while we’ve come a long way since chalk and…

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Brilliant Schools is a new subscription service helping staff, pupils and parents take charge of their own wellbeing A new wellbeing subscription service has been launched with the aim of tackling one of the biggest issues facing education today – mental ill health. Dubbed ‘Netflix for wellbeing’, Brilliant Schools is a wellbeing club that enables schools to ‘subscribe to…

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Today, we hear the news that Amanda Spielman has announced a “major shift” in how Ofsted assesses schools. If we are to believe the headlines, this is a big step for the education watchdog, moving away from a rigorous and restrictive focus on results to try and take in the curriculum and “the whole experience”…

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If there is a single part of our emerging education system that needs our urgent attention, it is governance. There is still much that is misunderstood about the differences between governing a local authority maintained school, governing a single academy trust and governing a multi-academy trust. The governing bodies of local authority maintained schools do…

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Aaron Richard Earl Boasman-Patel, Vice President AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum AI is undoubtedly going to have a profound affect not only on society but also on the way we do business. There has been a lot of scaremongering about how many jobs will be lost due to AI as well as how robots…

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