A Hung Parliament, what does it mean for education?

It is a result that many hadn’t expected, certainly when the general election campaigns began in May, that we would be waking up to a hung parliament.

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Election 2017 - education policies at a glance

With the general election not far away what are the three main political parties saying about education?  We have compiled all the key points and main pledges so you can see at a glance what each party are promising.

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Administrators, what can you do with a minute?

Managing time (or simply the notion of not having enough of it), seems to be a daily challenge for all learning providers. We asked providers from the further and higher education space as well as the work-based learning sector; to tell us their common day to day headaches; and we weren’t…

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Ten things not to do when your school is being inspected

It’s hard to forget what we were doing when we received notification of our school’s inspection, isn’t it? That’s probably because, no matter how confident we are in what we are doing for our students every day, our natural instinct is to panic when we hear that the inspectors are coming.

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Improving your charter school: seven reasons for an external review

Growing accountability and the need to maintain registration are becoming increasingly challenging for charter schools. A comprehensive external review can provide invaluable information to help you manage this.

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Becoming an academy - when is the right time for your school to convert?

By the end of 2016, approximately 1 in 5 state funded primary schools in England were academies. This proportion is likely to increase rapidly over the next few years, gathering pace as more and more schools convert either through choice or through enforcement.

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Numberblocks - developing young children's understanding of numbers with CBeebies

The NCETM’s Director for Primary Mathematics, Debbie Morgan, has played a key role in the creation of a new BBC series of short programmes aimed at helping pre-school age children develop early understanding of numbers. Here she tells the story of her involvement.

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Three tips for keeping your school’s good Ofsted rating

Recent analysis of OFSTED gradings between 2005 and 2015 show that more schools are keeping or improving on their good ratings, with the BBC stating that nearly nine in 10 schools were at least good at their latest inspection – up five per cent on last year. This is despite “significant…

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Top ten tips on overcoming your fear of school inspections

There’s no denying school inspections can be a stressful experience for teachers. When an inspector arrives in your classroom it’s easy to doubt the well-planned learning experiences you’ve shaped, or worry about your students’ reaction to the visitor. Maybe you think the inspector has a…

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New data on EAL learners: helping schools respond to the census changes

There are over one and a half million children in UK schools whose first language is not English, speaking in excess of 360 languages. Effectively monitoring and supporting these students is a challenge and the quality of data available on them is mixed, not necessarily providing an accurate…

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