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Supporting Autistic Pupils in Mainstream Classrooms

1 in 100 people have autism, and schools need to be prepared to support autistic students. Katie Goodwin, Assistant Headteacher at Abbey Hill School shares how austistic pupils can be better supported in mainstream classrooms.

The Importance of Due Diligence when Merging with Academy Trusts

Academy trust due diligence is a key aspect of schools joining a trust. In this post, Tim Warneford, Director of Warneford Consulting, discusses the importance of due diligence when merging schools into academy trusts.

Supporting Neurodiverse Pupils to reach their full Potential

15% of all people in the UK are neurodiverse, true figures are estimated to be higher though not everyone has a diagnosis. Donna Lee, Head Teacher at Nettlesworth Primary School shares some tips on better identifying and supporting neurodiverse pupils.

Opportunity for All: Strong Schools with Great Teachers for Your Child

Department for Education Whitepaper sharing the latest advice on how schools can help children reach their best potential.

The Problem of Sustainability for Academy Funding

In line with the UK Government's aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Department for Education published the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy (2022). Phil Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of PLR Advisory shares with us how the sustainability targets outlined in the strategy are difficult to achieve with academy trust finances and outlines changes that need to be made so that academies can become more sustainable.

The Importance of Developing Modern Foreign Languages in the Curriculum

In a 2020 survey, almost 40% of primary schools stated that pupils do not always receive language teaching according to the time allocated each week throughout the year. Donna Lee, Headteacher at Nettleworth Primary School shared with us the importance of including modern foreign languages in the curriculum and how a school-wide programme has been developed to include languages at the school.

Updating School Estates: the Impact of the Condition Improvement Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the landscape of academy and trust financial management. We heard from Tim Warneford, Director of Warneford Consulting, about the Condition Improvement Fund,, and what funds are needed to improve the condition of school estates.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Lockdowns have had a massive impact on the education sector, with schools across the UK being closed for months on end, and learning having to move online. This briefing examines the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on the education sector; discussing the ways schools have had to adapt teaching strategies so students are continually supported in their learning journey.

10 Tips for Effective use of Pupil Premium to Support More Able Disadvantaged Learners

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nettlesworth Primary School has developed a school wide strategy to support disadvantaged learners. We heard from Headteacher Donna Lee about ways pupil premium funding can be used effectively to support learners of all abilities.

Attainment Gap: Cultural Capital and the Attainment Gap

Cultural Capital is the knowledge children need to prepare them for future success in life. We heard from Jackie O’Hanlon of the Royal Shakespeare Company about how culture and the arts can be used to help close the attainment gap and improve language development.

Attainment Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

For the first time since 2011 As a result of the pandemic and the impact of remote learning, the attainment gap between children has started to widen. Alex Quigley, of the Education Endowment Foundation shared how early intervention and sustained parental involvement in learning can help provide better support to disadvantaged students.

Attainment Gap: Using Schoolwide Strategies to Tackle the Attainment Gap

The pandemic posed significant challenges for schools, with remote learning and disruption to learning widening the attainment gap across England. We heard from Sarah Rostrom of St Bede Church of England Primary Academy about how innovative schoolwide strategies can improve support for teachers, enabling them to deliver bespoke learning packages to students to tackle the attainment gap.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Early Years Development: Strategies for Preventing and Closing Attainment Gaps

Many children start school, unequipped with the speech, language, and communication skills that would be expected at school-entry age. The Norwich Opportunity Partnership Area Board are working to strengthen early-childhood development statistics in the area. We heard from Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area on how Communication hubs and champions can help to support these children in their development.

Teacher Workload: Creating a Shared Teacher Planning System to Reduce Workload

Marking and data collection is a major source of concern and stress for teachers Some schools are now looking at innovative marking techniques to reduce the workload of their teaching staff. We heard from Kate Owbridge, Executive Headteacher at Ashdown Primary School on the school’s switch from marking to responsive teaching.

Teacher Workload: Making Teacher Wellbeing a Priority in Schools

The pandemic has posed a significant mental health challenge to teachers and educational staff. We heard from Sinéad McBrearty of Education Support who shared ways that schools can implement comprehensive wellbeing strategies that support their workforce.

Delivering Excellence in Teaching Arts: The Impact of the Arts for Disadvantaged Children

At Pakeman Primary School the number of Pupil Premium students and those with English as an additional language is significantly higher than the national average. We heard from Headteacher Emma Bonnin about how they embedded the arts into their school day, with the aim of helping disadvantaged pupils with their academic and personal development.

Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of the Education Workforce

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of the education workforce, with 72% of education staff reporting consistent stress at work. Sinéad McBrearty from Education Support offered their recommendations for government, policy makers and schools for supporting the mental health of the workforce.

Using the Arts to Support Disadvantaged Children

Pakeman Primary School in London accommodates for SEND pupils and pupils with English as a second language. They have used the arts to implement a ‘creative curriculum’. This case study explores how this new curriculum has supported pupils with their additional needs.

Becoming a Specialist Leader in Cultural Education

Curious Minds aim to see quality cultural education as a regular aspect of every child's learning and leisure time. This article examines the training programmes offered by Curious Minds to help teachers become specialist leaders in cultural education.

Data Management for Schools: Using Data to Support and Monitor SEND Pupils’ Progress

Many schools are still using Management Information Systems and databases that are not well suited to the needs of their school. We heard from Vijita Patel, Principal of Swiss Cottage School and National Education Leader. Vijita discussed why their school changed Management Information Systems to better accommodate for the SEND student population.
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