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Top tips for MATs preparing for their academies budget forecast return

Top tips for MATs preparing for their academies budget forecast return

An experts insights blog written by Will Jordan, Co-Founder of IMP Software, specialists in MAT budgeting systems, outlining some top tips for MATs preparing for their academies budget forecast return

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Combatting Rape Culture – Actions for Schools

Combatting Rape Culture – Actions for Schools

This article outlines what rape culture mean for schools, the signs to look out for and what to put into place.

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Safeguarding During These Times

Safeguarding During These Times

This blog was written by Safeguarding & Child Protection Consultant, Trainer, Author and Troubleshooter, Anne-Marie Christian. Since 2010, Ann Marie has independently supported hundreds of organisations in strengthening their safeguarding agenda.

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Up-to-speed on: Operating your School Following the National Lockdown

Up-to-speed on: Operating your School Following the National Lockdown

This article breaks down what schools need to know about the roadmap for how coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions will be eased in the coming months.

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Up-to-speed on: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Framework for Schools

Up-to-speed on: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Framework for Schools

Following the full re-opening of schools, the DfE has updated the ‘Contingency framework: education and childcare settings’ guidance. This article breaks down the essential points that you need to know

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Up-to-Speed on: What the Budget 2021 Means for Schools

Up-to-Speed on: What the Budget 2021 Means for Schools

On 3 March 2021, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his Budget address to Parliament – this article breaks down exactly what you need to know.

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Up-to-speed on: The Full Reopening of Schools Following the National Lockdown

Up-to-speed on: The Full Reopening of Schools Following the National Lockdown

This article breaks down what schools need to know about the roadmap Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out for how coronavirus restrictions will be eased

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Top Tips for Providing Remote Learning: A Good Practice Report

Top Tips for Providing Remote Learning: A Good Practice Report

Each month, we share a question chosen and answered by you. This month, we focussed our on how schools are providing remote education during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Eight Priorities for Schools During the Spring Term 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Eight Priorities for Schools During the Spring Term 2021

This article identifies and focuses on eight priorities schools will need to consider during the Spring term. With specific consideration to the challenges coronavirus still poses to schools’ general responsibilities.

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A philosophy for growth: how are MATs reaping the rewards of centralisation?

A philosophy for growth: how are MATs reaping the rewards of centralisation?

An experts insights blog written by Will Jordan, Co-Founder of IMP Software, specialists in MAT budgeting systems, exploring how MATs are reaping the rewards of centralisation.

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Up-to-speed on: Brexit and Schools

Up-to-speed on: Brexit and Schools

This article includes updated advice from the DfE for schools and colleges on what to expect as the Brexit ‘transition period’ comes to an end on 1 January.

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Supporting Pupils with Anxiety

Supporting Pupils with Anxiety

Created in collaboration with our pupil wellbeing expert. This article discusses how to understand anxiety and how to spot the signs

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Top PR Tips on Dealing with Positive Cases Within Your School

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Top PR Tips on Dealing with Positive Cases Within Your School

Created in collaboration with our marketing expert, Daisy Heath-Abbott. This article outlines some useful tips to ensure you can deal with media attention surrounding coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Steps to Planning and Conducting a Virtual Parents’ Evening

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Steps to Planning and Conducting a Virtual Parents’ Evening

This article outlines steps to help you plan and conduct a virtual parents’ evening that is engaging and effective for parents, staff and pupils.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beyond: tips for managing child stress

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beyond: tips for managing child stress

Read our latest expert insight blog from Neve Spicer, Founder & Director of WeTheParents.org. Here she talks about the ways in which to manage stress in children

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Up-to-speed on: Changes to What Schools Must Publish on their Websites

Up-to-speed on: Changes to What Schools Must Publish on their Websites

The DfE has updated its guidance for maintained schools and academies, free schools and colleges, regarding what they need to publish on their websites. This article breaks down what you need to know about the changes.

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Up-to-speed on: What the National Lockdown Means for Schools

Up-to-speed on: What the National Lockdown Means for Schools

The DfE has released guidance on how schools should operate during the period of national lockdown. This article summarises what you need to know!

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Should Schools Include on their Websites?

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Should Schools Include on their Websites?

This article outlines which updates and information regarding coronavirus should be included on your school website, alongside other useful tips to ensure your school continues to stand out against competitors for the next cohort of pupils.

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Up-to-speed on: Returning to School in January 2021

Up-to-speed on: Returning to School in January 2021

This article breaks down what you need to know about returning to school for the Spring term

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Up-to-speed on: What Schools Need to Know About the Coronavirus National Restrictions from 5 Nov '20

Up-to-speed on: What Schools Need to Know About the Coronavirus National Restrictions from 5 Nov '20

The DfE has released guidance on how the national restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact schools. The measures come into effect from 5 November until 2 December. This article breaks down what schools need to know.

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s Inspections in 2020/2021

 Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s Inspections in 2020/2021

This article breaks down what you need to know about how Ofsted will conduct visits and inspections in the 2020/2021 academic year.

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Christmas Card Design Competition 2020!

Christmas Card Design Competition 2020!

Grab your paper & coloured pens and get into the festive spirit! Whether a snowy santa or a tinsel-topped tree, your design could be used on our Christmas card this festive season!

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Implementing Effective Wellbeing in Schools

Implementing Effective Wellbeing in Schools

Read our latest blog from Ross McWilliam, a former teacher, who has been a freelance trainer, keynote speaker and author for the past 10 years.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules Posters

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules Posters

These posters, designed to be displayed throughout your premises, clearly and effectively communicate the rules that pupils, staff and visitors should follow to help ensure your setting is COVID-secure.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Exams and Assessments in 2020/2021

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Exams and Assessments in 2020/2021

Recently updated with the latest on exams and assessments for 2021, find out all you need to know right here!

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Updated - Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s School Visits from Autumn 2020

Updated - Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s School Visits from Autumn 2020

This updated article provides information on the briefing Ofsted have published following the completion of the pilot scheme for interim visits.

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8 Priorities for Subject Leaders in the 2020/2021 Academic Year

8 Priorities for Subject Leaders in the 2020/2021 Academic Year

This article will focus on the familiar issues affecting you and your subject in the year ahead, though with the caveat of recognising and commenting upon the significant impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and any related actions required.

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Managing Pupils' Mental Health in Schools

Managing Pupils' Mental Health in Schools

A degree of pressure and stress is inevitable in most pupils; however, when their stress becomes excessive, it can move pupils to a state where it begins to have an effect on their health and wellbeing. This article outlines what schools can do to help.

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Ofsted Inspection Update: October 2020

Ofsted Inspection Update: October 2020

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

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Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

The ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document’ (STPCD) 2020 confirms what uplifts have been made to teachers’ pay in 2020/2021.

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Up-to-speed on: How Ofsted Inspects the Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools

Up-to-speed on: How Ofsted Inspects the Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools

Ofsted has released guidance for its inspectors on evaluating how schools go about meeting their duties in relation to teaching the protected characteristics – this article breaks down the key points.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Testing and Self-isolation Advice to Staff and Parents

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Testing and Self-isolation Advice to Staff and Parents

Schools can use this letter template to inform staff and parents about the latest advice regarding symptoms, self-isolation, getting tested, and the protective measures implemented in school.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opening School To All Pupils – Governing Board Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opening School To All Pupils – Governing Board Update

As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic and schools prepare to open to all pupils, the governing board should be kept up-to-date with the plans for reopening by the headteacher and SLT. This template can be used to provide governors with updates to the school’s plan to open to all pupils.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk Assessment for Full Opening in September

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk Assessment for Full Opening in September

Schools are being asked to welcome back all pupils from September, ensuring the risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) are managed while doing so. Our template risk assessment has been created in line with DfE guidance.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Should governing boards hold meetings remotely when gatherings of more than six people are disallowed?'

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QA of the week

This week we were asked: 'Are schools permitted to cover a pupil’s face in a photograph if they have not given consent for the photograph to be used?'

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QA of the Week

QA of the Week

This week we were asked: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): How should schools operate during a local lockdown?'

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Expert Insight Blog: Exam Results and GDPR – Could you be asked for results early?

Expert Insight Blog: Exam Results and GDPR – Could you be asked for results early?

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Fusion HR

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Back-to-school Update: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the New Academic Year

Back-to-school Update: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the New Academic Year

We have collated the key government updates into the video below to help get you up-to-speed on changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19), safeguarding, Ofsted and more. Watch our latest video to get caught up on everything that happened over Summer!

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Up-to-speed On: Ofqual’s Proposed Changes To The Assessment Of GCSEs, AS and A-Levels In 2021

 Up-to-speed On: Ofqual’s Proposed Changes To The Assessment Of GCSEs, AS and A-Levels In 2021

This article summarises the main points you need to know in just over 5 minutes!

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Up-to-speed on: The ‘Contain Framework’, Rota Systems and Restricted Opening

Up-to-speed on: The ‘Contain Framework’, Rota Systems and Restricted Opening

Late on Friday 28th August, the DfE released new guidance on managing local outbreaks, known as the ‘contain framework’, which includes guidance on the potential use of rota systems in secondary schools. To get you up-to-speed, we’ve summarised the key points.

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Loaning School Devices Risk Assessment

 Loaning School Devices Risk Assessment

This risk assessment has been created to help schools to identify the risks that could arise from loaning school-owned devices to pupils.

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Up-to-speed on: 28th August Updates to the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Full Opening: Schools’

Up-to-speed on: 28th August Updates to the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Full Opening: Schools’

Late on Friday 28th August, the DfE updated their webpage ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’. To keep you up-to-speed, we’ve summarised the major changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Full School Reopening Letter to Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Full School Reopening Letter to Parents

By using this letter template, schools can inform parents about the protective measures that will be in place as part of their risk management plan to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

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In Conversation with...TheSchoolBus Governance Lead, Nicki Wadley

In Conversation with...TheSchoolBus Governance Lead, Nicki Wadley

We spoke to Nicki about her experiences as a governor, find out what she had to say here!

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Expert Insight Blog: Top Tips for Online Recruitment

Expert Insight Blog: Top Tips for Online Recruitment

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Fusion HR

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Up-to-speed on: Proposed Changes to the ‘School Admissions Code'

Up-to-speed on: Proposed Changes to the ‘School Admissions Code'

The DfE has launched a consultation on a revised version of the statutory ‘School Admissions Code’ (the Code). The overarching changes that are being proposed aim to better support the in-year admission of vulnerable children. This article breaks down the key proposed changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Priorities for Governing Boards Planning for the Remainder of the Summer Term and Beyond

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Priorities for Governing Boards Planning for the Remainder of the Summer Term and Beyond

Find out everything you need to know here!

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked 'Can teachers record live lessons over video feeds?'

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: ‘’What procedures should schools follow when receiving visitors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?’’

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