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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A vote to leave – what's the outlook for the education sector?

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was a shock to many, and will certainly have significant and far-reaching implications for the future of our country. In a previous post we looked at the differing views for those who wanted to leave and those who wanted to remain, and what a Brexit…

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Who is responsible for school improvement?

Wherever you stand in the ‘academisation’ debate it has, at the very least, brought all those concerned to look again at what enables schools to flourish, to provide a high quality of education and to ensure all their pupils secure the best possible outcomes. 

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Guest Post: Leonard Cheshire Disability - Access to Inclusive Education for Disabled Children in Kafue District, Zambia

In May 2014, the Tribal Foundation awarded a donation of £15,000 towards the new Access to Inclusive Education for Disabled Children project in Kafue, a rural district south of Lusaka in Zambia. To this date, the project is over half complete.

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