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System Leadership and School-To-School Support

Posted by: LLS
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21st July 2017
‘System leadership arises when political leaders and school leaders openly debate and agree on the moral purpose of  education, that is, the kind of people that education creates for what kind of society, and then work in partnership to agree and to implement both the means by which such purposes...

The TA Review challenging schools to improve their TA Deployment

Posted by: LLS
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30th June 2017
English schools spend nearly £5 billion a year on teaching assistants. They are the number one pupil premium spend, and are highly valued by teachers and parents as a vital part of the support network for children with SEND.  To help make use of this valuable resource Whole School SEND, a...

Local Area Education Improvement Partnerships

Posted by: Professor David Woods CBE Chair - London Leadership Stategy
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1st June 2017
Professor David Woods CBE   With the demise of local authority education services, there is now a considerable emphasis on a school led system of improvement principally led by Multi-Academy Trusts, Teaching schools and alliances, and National Support schools.   We may define a school led system...

Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants

Posted by: LLS
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15th May 2017
At last week’s launch of the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education, Rob Webster compared the size of the Teaching Assistant workforce in the UK to the population of Leicester with the clear comparison to the impact that this particular underdog has on last year’s Premiership (for those of you not...

It is now widely recognised that every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Isn’t every leader a leader of SEND as well?

Posted by: LLS
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9th March 2017
  Numerous discussions and debates continue on the staggering number of fixed-term and permanent exclusions for pupils with special educational needs and with SEN support. Regardless of the changes to the National Curriculum, Statutory Assessment and accountability through Progress 8 and Attainment...

Building a Community in SEND

Posted by: LLS
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31st January 2017
  On the 10th of January Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, announced £60,000,000 in new funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding, coming into play from April 2017 onwards, aims to ensure that “all children, no matter the...

The Compassionate School Leader

Posted by: LLS
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30th January 2017
Professor David Woods CBE, Chairman of London Leadership Strategy   ‘A leader is an individual who significantly affects the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of a significant number of individuals’  Howard Gardner, Leading Minds, An Anatomy of Leadership   Another definition of leadership is to...

The London Leadership Strategy and Denmark

Posted by: LLS
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16th December 2016
  Almost two years ago a Danish journalist employed by a leading Danish newspaper came to London to research a story on the London Challenge and LLS. He was particularly interested in London’s success in raising standards and closing gaps in performance (a growing issue of concern in Denmark) as...

A Day In The Life Of A Head

Posted by: LLS
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14th December 2016
Aim high!    No excuses!  Work hard!   No excuses! 7.00am Calls begin for those people off sick Start to organise cover for absent teachers   8.00am Read emails (but never enough time to answer them!) Talk to Staff ….‘Can I just have a word?’ Going out on the gate to answer parent queries: “Is...
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Don’t Rob Peter to Pay Paul: Why Extra Funding is Needed to Address Inequalities in the System

Posted by: LLS
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7th November 2016
Focus The introduction of a National Funding Formula is likely to move funding from London and other metropolitan areas. Part of the success of London schools can be attributed to the ability to target resources where they are most needed. To remove these resources now puts everything which has...

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