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‘The Right Stuff Fluff’ – The qualities heads need and Wilshaw’s plan to pay governors

COMMENT - Someone I know – we’ll call her Rachel – was recently interviewed for a primary headship.  On paper she was an excellent candidate – already an experienced and successful head, she has…

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School Photocopier Rip-offs: Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

A recent investigation by BBC’s Panorama highlighted a widespread phenomenon of schools overpaying for ICT products by many times the worth of the equipment in question. The programme makers found 169 schools in…

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End to ‘no-notice’ inspections – Hints Gove

Education secretary Michael Gove has strongly hinted that highly-unpopular no-notice Ofsted inspections may not continue, as a result of the current consultation on the regime. In a speech to the NAHT conference in Harrogate, Mr…

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Inspectors to be Inspected – NAHT Launches Independent Audit of Ofsted

More than 2,000 school leaders have condemned proposed changes to the inspection regime for working against standards and driving talented teachers out of the profession. At its annual conference in Harrogate today, the…

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Headteachers’ power to exclude disruptive children restored

New rules published today will put an end to excluded pupils winning the right to come back to school against the headteacher’s wishes. Coming into force from this September, the new regulations will…

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Impossible feat – Balancing workload as a school manager

I’m not sure if I really believe in work-life balance. I do for staff, of course. Not for Senior Leaders – I truly don’t believe that you can reach Outstanding with half an…

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Why schools do not remove under-performing teachers

From September 2012, schools will be given the powers to performance manage teaching staff more effectively and to remove poorly performing teachers in ‘about a term’ – according to the Department for Education…

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What do Your Staff Really Think of You and Your Team?

It has always fascinated me, the boundless enthusiasm with which vitriol is aimed at SLT, and the gulf that seems to exist between “proper” ,or “career” teachers and those who have shinned up…

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