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A School's Guide to Apprenticeships

A School's Guide to Apprenticeships

This article contains everything you need to know about apprenticeships including what they are, how the apprenticeship levy applies to schools, applying for funding, apprenticeship options and more.

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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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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, our most popular question on site was: "How many pupils can a teaching assistant (TA) supervise alone in a before or after-school club?"

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Changes to the Academies Financial Handbook 2018

Changes to the Academies Financial Handbook 2018

This guidance outlines the changes that have been made to the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) 2018.

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Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Knife Crime in School

Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Knife Crime in School

Knife crime can cause devastation, ensure your school is aware of the dangers knives can bring and methods to adopt to prevent knife crime in school.

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Communicating an Ofsted Judgement to the School Community

Communicating an Ofsted Judgement to the School Community

Created in collaboration with our governance associate and based on personal experience, this guidance outlines the process of sharing a school’s Ofsted judgement with stakeholders, including the media.

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Designated Teacher for Looked-After and Previously LAC

Designated Teacher for Looked-After and Previously LAC

This guidance contains the key points from the DfE’s ‘The designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children’ (2018).

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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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Five Strategies for Engaging Disengaged Pupils

Five Strategies for Engaging Disengaged Pupils

This guidance document includes some top tips and useful strategies to help engage disengaged pupils.

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E-Safety: What do Teachers Need to Know?

E-Safety: What do Teachers Need to Know?

A guidance document outlining what teachers need to be aware of in relation to e-safety, and which important principles they should be able to teach pupils.

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Schools That Work for Everyone – Government Consultation Response

Schools That Work for Everyone – Government Consultation Response

Our guidance outlines how the government will proceed with the proposals put forward in their 'Schools that work for everyone' consultation.

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GDPR: FAQs and the answers you need

GDPR: FAQs and the answers you need

Our article includes our most frequently asked GDPR-related questions for schools, as well as those all important answers to ensure compliance.

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How to Create a Data Map

How to Create a Data Map

This guidance document is a step-by-step run through on how to start and create a data map, including an example map.

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The Government’s Principles for the Accountability System – What Schools Should Know

The Government’s Principles for the Accountability System – What Schools Should Know

Our guidance breaks down the need-to-know information about the DfE's principles for accountability for schools, ensuring you are aware of the how the government plans to shape accountability.

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Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

This guidance document explains the best ways to keep your electronic data safe through responsible cyber security.

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The National Funding Formula for Schools and High Needs

The National Funding Formula for Schools and High Needs

A summary of the DfE’s 'National funding formula for schools and high needs' policy paper, highlighting the key changes to school funding and how they will be implemented.

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Performance Reporting for Sixth-Form Colleges: Government Consultation

Performance Reporting for Sixth-Form Colleges: Government Consultation

Our guidance document summarises the key proposals from the consultation document, alongside the questions that are being asked.

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April 2018 Updates to Ofsted’s Inspection Handbooks

April 2018 Updates to Ofsted’s Inspection Handbooks

On 13 April 2018, Ofsted updated their section 5 and section 8 handbooks and made a few noteworthy changes. We’ve summarised the changes to help you know what to expect the next time an inspector calls.

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Safeguarding Arrangements for Pupils with SEND

Safeguarding Arrangements for Pupils with SEND

The SLT and governing board have to fulfil statutory requirements regarding safeguarding, especially in the case of pupils with SEND. This article explores the requirements and how to meet them.

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Ofsted and...RSE

Ofsted and...RSE

This guidance document outlines how Ofsted looks at RSE, including how schools’ RSE provision is inspected, what Ofsted considers good RSE to look like, and how the introduction of statutory RSE will likely affect the inspection process.

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Safeguarding: Choosing the Appropriate Training

Safeguarding: Choosing the Appropriate Training

Our guidance outlines the what to consider when choosing training programmes, as well as the arrangements for updating and refreshing staff training.

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Free School Meals - 3 Minute Read

Free School Meals - 3 Minute Read

This 3 Minute Read summarises the DfE guidance 'Free school meals', published in March 2018, and outlines schools' responsibilities in providing FSM to disadvantaged pupils.

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Preparing for the GDPR

Preparing for the GDPR

This guidance breaks down the key elements of the GDPR that will affect schools.

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Concrete Cladding

Concrete Cladding

Discover if your school has concrete cladding, and whether it needs to be replaced, saving schools time and money.

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Role of the Data Protection Officer

Role of the Data Protection Officer

This guidance document outlines the role of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and provides advice regarding appointing a suitable person to the role.

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Analyse School Performance: Guidance for Governors

Analyse School Performance: Guidance for Governors

This guidance explains what ASP is and how governors can use it to monitor school performance and outcomes for pupils.

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Managing a Deficit Budget

Managing a Deficit Budget

Guidance from our leadership expert on how to cope with a deficit budget.

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Apprenticeship Levy: How it Will Work

Apprenticeship Levy: How it Will Work

Guidance on the government's apprenticeship levy - which took effect from 1 May 2017.

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Actions to Reduce the Risk of Fraud

Actions to Reduce the Risk of Fraud

This guidance outlines the steps schools can take to reduce the risk of falling victim to fraud.

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How to Use Teaching Assistants Effectively

How to Use Teaching Assistants Effectively

Using this guidance document, schools will be able to develop and improve their teaching assistant provision which will aid in ensuring that pupils are effectively supported.

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Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect – Consultation Response

Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect – Consultation Response

Is the mandatory reporting duty going ahead? See what actions the government are taking following their child abuse and neglect reporting consultation.

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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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Complaints Procedures in School: Best Practice

Complaints Procedures in School: Best Practice

This guidance can inform your policy and procedures to ensure that your school meets its requirements regarding complaints.

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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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Supporting Transgender Staff Through Their Transition Whilst at Work

Supporting Transgender Staff Through Their Transition Whilst at Work

This guidance outlines the steps schools can take towards ensuring transgender employees that choose to transition while working are fully supported with their decision and process.

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GDPR: the ultimate guide for schools - a guide for school leaders and governors

GDPR: the ultimate guide for schools - a guide for school leaders and governors

This guide contains advice from Education experts, as well as a breakdown of the need-to-know information found in the ICO’s GDPR guidance. Read on to learn what steps your school needs to take to ensure it is compliant with the new regulations.

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Developing Effective Lockdown Procedures

Developing Effective Lockdown Procedures

This guidance document outlines aspects that should be taken into consideration when developing lockdown procedures.

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Changing Workplace Culture to Support Staff Wellbeing

Changing Workplace Culture to Support Staff Wellbeing

This guidance outlines common needs of staff members, how they can be supported, and the different steps schools should take to ensure staff wellbeing is maintained.

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Developing Effective RSE in Schools

Developing Effective RSE in Schools

This free guide outlines good practice guidelines for delivering effective RSE in schools.

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When should you allow parents to withdraw their child from lessons?

When should you allow parents to withdraw their child from lessons?

This guidance outlines the rights that parents have in relation to withdrawing their children, and what schools can do to adjust lessons and ensure all pupils can participate.

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Changes to Eligibility for Free School Meals, the Early Years Pupil Premium and Free Early Education Entitlement from April 2018

Changes to Eligibility for Free School Meals, the Early Years Pupil Premium and Free Early Education Entitlement from April 2018

This guidance outlines the key changes to the eligibility criteria for free school meals (FSM), the early years pupil premium and the free early education entitlement that will come into force from April 2018.

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Unexplained absences – what to do when a child fails to attend school

Unexplained absences – what to do when a child fails to attend school

This article looks at what you can do as a school leader to ensure your first day of absence processes safeguard pupils and leave nothing to chance.

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Post-16 Career Routes Guidance

Post-16 Career Routes Guidance

This free guide outlines the different career paths that are available to post-16 pupils.

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10 Ways to Tackle HBT Bullying

10 Ways to Tackle HBT Bullying

This free guide contains useful recommendations by the CofE Education Office regarding the prevention of HBT bullying, and many of the recommendations can be adapted to suit any school’s context.

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Norovirus: A School’s Guide

Norovirus: A School’s Guide

This free guide outlines the symptoms of Norovirus, alongside advice on what to do if staff or pupils within the school contract it.

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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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Maximising Income Using the School Site

Maximising Income Using the School Site

This free guide outlines the best way in which schools can maximise income using their school site.

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Financial Planning for SBMs

Financial Planning for SBMs

This guidance document outlines some approaches that an SBM can take towards financial planning, highlighting the importance of advising the SLT and governing body based on their skills and knowledge.

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The Mental Health Green Paper – What Schools Need to Know

The Mental Health Green Paper – What Schools Need to Know

This guidance outlines the core proposals from the Green Paper and the wider action relating to education that will be undertaken to support these proposals.

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Developing an Effective Peer Mentoring Programme

 Developing an Effective Peer Mentoring Programme

This free guide outlines a quick guide to establishing a peer mentoring programme in school.

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