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Getting the evidence to close the gap

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10th November 2014
By Conor Ryan Despite the improvements in London schools, there are still big attainment gaps that need to be addressed. Too many disadvantaged pupils lag behind their classmates, and while the problem is less acute in the capital, the fact that those who get the pupil premium match the performance...

What role should the new Regional Schools Commissioner play?

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30th October 2014
In the last few years, new schools have been established in order to meet demand for school places and create competition. In most cases these schools have been created outside of great support structures with great capacity, in addition new schools and their supporters have often lacked experience...

“From basket case to somewhere completely different”

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28th October 2014
I suppose I should start by stating that three people have already challenged me on the session title for the London Leadership Convention on 12th November. I was always worried that “Maintaining and improving the %5 A*-C with English and Mathematics at above 60%” might sound a touch complacent…....

Outstanding teaching in times of change

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14th October 2014
The new OFSTED Framework and more focus on Early Years education, alongside the new SEN code of practice, have increased pressure further on schools, particularly at a primary level. Embedding the New Curriculum, increased expectations at end of Key Stages and of course the whole issue of levelling...

“My dugout, my stadium and my people!” - Jose Mourinho 2013

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12th October 2014
Jose Mourinho summed it up wonderfully when he said, on returning back to manage Chelsea FC for the second time, “my dugout, my stadium and my people” because as the new headteacher walks into his/her office for first time it becomes their office, their school and their students. Everything that...

SEN Reforms: Information for School Leaders

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11th September 2014
After months of anticipation and preparation the new academic year has begun and the special educational needs (SEN) reforms are upon us. A criticism of the new legislation is that it has been rushed through too quickly, although the SEN reforms have probably had a greater degree of consultation...

New SEND reforms

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28th July 2014
As Teachers and Heads prepare for new term, a guidance has gone out to schools on the SEND reforms and what these might mean in practice. View information for school leaders View SEND school leaders presentation  

SEN: Moving Beyond the Label

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22nd February 2014
Are the knowledge and skills learners with SEN acquire through years of education enough to maximise on their potential? Do we really know their aspirational potential if we continue to define them through the parameters of their SEN labels? With over 1.3 million learners identified with SEND,...

SEN: A Changing World

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17th February 2014
SEN is changing and all of us in schools are trying to understand what the changes will mean in practice for the students in our schools from September 2014. As with so many changes, these have been rushed and there are no definitive answers as to how we should implement them. This of course is a...

SEN - a shared responsibility

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21st January 2014
The coming months are key in the provision of services for children with Special Educational Needs and with disabilities. The Children and Families Bill, which is widely recognised as the most significant reform to special education provision in the last 30 years, will move to Royal Assent. 
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