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Up-to-Speed On: The Role of the Designated Mental Health Lead

Up-to-Speed On: The Role of the Designated Mental Health Lead

A two-page guide covering the role of the mental health lead as set out in the ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: A Green Paper’.

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook

Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook

This article brings schools up-to-speed on Ofsted's section 5 'School inspection handbook'.

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Funding Favourites – September 2018

Funding Favourites – September 2018

Schools face constant financial and budgetary pressures, meaning money is often tight. That’s why we’ve rounded up a selection of the funding opportunities available to schools, alongside funding news and freebies schools can take advantage of.

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Combatting Low-Level Disruption

Combatting Low-Level Disruption

Use the tips in this article to tackle low-level disruption in your school.

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Up-to-Speed On: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Up-to-Speed On: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Quick guide summarising the key changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018 and the safeguarding requirements for schools.

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Reading Hints and Tips for Pupils with Dyslexia

Reading Hints and Tips for Pupils with Dyslexia

This document, created in collaboration with experts Dyslexia Action, outlines support strategies that can be used by teachers and parents to encourage children with dyslexia to develop their reading skills.

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Demonstrating the Impact of the PE and Sport Premium to Ofsted

Demonstrating the Impact of the PE and Sport Premium to Ofsted

Guidance from our Ofsted expert on how to demonstrate that you have used the PE and sport premium to create a positive impact on your pupils and PE and sport provision.

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted Safeguarding Policy

Up-to-speed on: Ofsted Safeguarding Policy

This up-to-speed document can be used to ensure you fully understand Ofsted's safeguarding policy.

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The Governing Board's Role in Exclusions

The Governing Board's Role in Exclusions

Guidance from our governance expert on the governing body's role in exclusions, including all aspects of holding a consideration meeting.

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The Introduction of T-levels – Key Information for Schools and Colleges

The Introduction of T-levels – Key Information for Schools and Colleges

This guidance outlines the key information about T-levels that is relevant for schools and colleges, including what T-levels are, how they will be assessed, and how they will be funded.

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Ofsted and…Behaviour Management

Ofsted and…Behaviour Management

This edition of 'Ofsted and...', from our Ofsted expert, explores inspectors' expectations of behaviour management and offers advice on tackling behavioural issues and optimising behaviour.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked how a school can find out whether they should expect a one-day short inspection or a longer two-day inspection at their next inspection. Find out the answer here.

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Successfully Implementing Performance-related Pay

Successfully Implementing Performance-related Pay

This article will aid schools in implementing the statutory performance-related pay successfully by ensuring it is understood, so that realistic objectives are set and pay decisions can be made fairly.

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Setting Up and Managing a Walking Bus Scheme

Setting Up and Managing a Walking Bus Scheme

Guidance on how to set up a walking bus scheme in school and good practice to maintain it.

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Reasonable Adjustments: Forecasting and Decision Making

Reasonable Adjustments: Forecasting and Decision Making

Guidance from our SEND expert on what is considered a 'reasonable' adjustment, and how schools can make decisions that ensure adjustments are not detrimental to other pupils' education, while not discriminating against the pupil with SEND.

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Income Generation Opportunities for Schools

Income Generation Opportunities for Schools

Expert guidance on seeking, identifying and pursuing income generation opportunities for your school.

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Ofsted Inspection Update: Special Edition September 2018

Ofsted Inspection Update: Special Edition September 2018

This article outlines what has been highlighted to inspectors in their September 2018 update, ensuring schools are up-to-date with the latest on how Ofsted is conducting inspections.

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Teaching Pupils about Sex and Relationships

Teaching Pupils about Sex and Relationships

Advice from our pupil wellbeing expert on how to approach teaching pupils about sex and relationships.

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Starting a Pupil Wellbeing Ambassador Programme

Starting a Pupil Wellbeing Ambassador Programme

Guidance from our pupil wellbeing expert on how to introduce a pupil wellbeing ambassador programme in your school which also outlines the responsibilities of these ambassadors.

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Reducing workload: A guide for school leaders and governors

Reducing workload: A guide for school leaders and governors

Reducing teacher workload is a priority for every school. This free 90-page guide helps you to reduce your teachers' workload – alleviating teachers' stress and improving their work-life balance.

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7 Tips to Support Staff Wellbeing

7 Tips to Support Staff Wellbeing

This guidance explores a number of tips that school leaders can put into practice to support the wellbeing of their staff.

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Spotting Signs of Stress in the Workplace

Spotting Signs of Stress in the Workplace

This free guide can help staff recognise and manage workplace stress.

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Teaching Pupils About Sexting

Teaching Pupils About Sexting

Guidance from our pupil wellbeing expert on how to educate pupils on the increasingly troubling topic of sexting, so that they can protect themselves from potential physical and emotional harm.

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Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay 2018

Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay 2018

This article brings schools up-to-speed on teachers' pay for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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The Final Straw: Reducing Plastic in Your School

The Final Straw: Reducing Plastic in Your School

Find out how you can reduce plastic use in your school with the top tips in this article.

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Creating a Trans*-Friendly School

 Creating a Trans*-Friendly School

This guidance document explores the notion of trans*, and provides useful tips for schools on how they can develop a trans*-friendly environment.

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Dealing with Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children (Peer-on-Peer Abuse)

Dealing with Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children (Peer-on-Peer Abuse)

This guidance contains need-to-know facts from the DfE guidance on sexual violence and harrassment to help schools make sure all staff members are equipped with the knowledge needed to spot the signs of CSE and best support the victims.

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Recognising and Responding to Cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Recognising and Responding to Cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

This guidance outlines factors that could make a child more vulnerable to CSE, indicators of abuse, and the appropriate action that should be taken when responding to a case, or suspected case, of CSE.

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted's Bold Beginnings Report

Up-to-speed on: Ofsted's Bold Beginnings Report

A break down of the 35-page document to help you understand Ofsted’s position on the importance of reception and the extent to which a school’s curriculum for four and five-year-olds prepares them for the rest of their education and beyond.

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Ofsted and...School Accountability

Ofsted and...School Accountability

This guidance, created in collaboration with our Ofsted expert, explores what Ofsted looks for in relation to accountability in schools.

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Surviving Your NQT Year: A Case Study

Surviving Your NQT Year: A Case Study

A case study with two RQTs, who share their top tips for NQTs on managing challenging behaviour, workloads and stress, and forming positive working relationships with colleagues.

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Strategies for Supporting Pupils with Mental Health Concerns

Strategies for Supporting Pupils with Mental Health Concerns

One in ten children/young people suffer from a mental health condition - that's three in every classroom! So, what can you do to promote positive mental health and support your pupils' needs?

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TheSchoolBus has an exciting new feature!

TheSchoolBus has an exciting new feature!

We’ve always helped you reduce your workload, now we’re helping you track it

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Effective Practices for Preventing and Tackling Bullying

Effective Practices for Preventing and Tackling Bullying

This article provides guidance on some of the methods you can use to promote respectful behaviour and tackle various forms of bullying in your school.

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Changes to Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 From 31 August 2018

Changes to Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 From 31 August 2018

This article outlines the key changes made to the DfE's its ‘Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006’ statutory guidance.

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Key changes to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2018

Key changes to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2018

This article summarises the new and clarified information that is most relevant to educational providers, ensuring you are up-to-date and able to manage any new or adjusted requirements.

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Headteacher Induction: Guidance for Governors

Headteacher Induction: Guidance for Governors

Discover the crucial steps governors should consider when carrying out an induction for a new headteacher.

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Encouraging the study of STEM

Encouraging the study of STEM

This guidance outlines the ways in which STEM learning can be encouraged in school and at home.

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How to Conduct an Effective Governing Board Skills Audit

How to Conduct an Effective Governing Board Skills Audit

Guidance from our governance expert on how to conduct an effective skills audit, and what you should do to highlight and address a gap in skills or knowledge in the governing body

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Supporting Pupils with Hearing Impairments

Supporting Pupils with Hearing Impairments

Guidance on the main types of hearing impairments and how they can be identified, with information on statutory duties and strategies to support pupils with hearing loss.

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Managing Transition for Pupils with Autism

Managing Transition for Pupils with Autism

Guidance about managing the transition of children on the autistic spectrum from one educational institution to another, written in collaboration with the National Autistic Society.

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Conducting a Skills Audit – Advice for SBMs

Conducting a Skills Audit – Advice for SBMs

Guidance for SBMs on how to conduct effective skills audits of different job types within a school and what to do with the information gathered.

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Effective Governance: Safeguarding

Effective Governance: Safeguarding

Expert guidance on a governing board's responsibilities in terms of safeguarding within a school.

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Supporting Pupils Displaying Signs of Self-harm and Suicidal Behaviour

Supporting Pupils Displaying Signs of Self-harm and Suicidal Behaviour

This document offers guidance on the nature and causes of self-harm and suicidal behaviour, in addition to suggesting potential support strategies.

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Ofsted Inspection in 2018 Guide for School Leaders and Governors

Ofsted Inspection in 2018 Guide for School Leaders and Governors

This guide contains advice from Ofsted inspectors, as well as a breakdown of the need-to-know information found in Ofsted’s inspection Handbook.

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The Mental Health Green Paper Consultation Response – What Schools Need to Know

The Mental Health Green Paper Consultation Response – What Schools Need to Know

This article summarises the government's response to the 'Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’ consultation - highlighting the key information for schools.

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Taking Data Home: Complying with Data Protection Regulations

Taking Data Home: Complying with Data Protection Regulations

This article examines the practice of taking work home, and how it sits in the GDPR regime of today.

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Good Estate Management for Schools

Good Estate Management for Schools

This article summarises the 'Good estate management for schools' guidance' provided by the ESFA and gives you actionable advice about what to do next.

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Popular acronyms used in Education

Popular acronyms used in Education

This acronym list can be used by the governing board and school staff as a point of reference when coming across acronyms in official policies and documentation.

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Ofsted Inspection Update: July 2018

Ofsted Inspection Update: July 2018

This article outlines what has been highlighted to inspectors in Ofsted's July inspection update, ensuring schools are up-to-date with the latest on how Ofsted is conducting inspections.

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