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London Leadership Strategy welcomes funding to support Special Education Needs and Disability provision in schools

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25th March 2015
London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not for profit organisation run by experienced headteachers to empower schools to take forward school-to-school improvement in London and beyond, has today (25.03.15) welcomed support from the VCS National Prospectus Grant Programme. The grant of £207,000 will...

Ofsted: outstanding rating creates 'false impression' about quality of schools

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11th February 2015
Gary Phillips, headteacher at Lilian Baylis Technology School and LLS Director summarises his speech from yesterday's Westminster Education Forum. I think the new proposals are to be welcomed. In particular it is right that OfSTED align all aspects of education inspection within a common framework...

Utilising hub power to deliver evidence-based professional development

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8th January 2015
The link between professional development for teachers and improved educational outcomes is well known. This idea has been pushed to the forefront by the government with the recent announcement of a fund to support continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers. The focus is not simply...

Networks to success – the role of school improvement

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20th November 2014
That the role of school-to-school networks was such a big feature at Whole Education’s annual conference was not a surprise – they are after all a national network of over 200 schools recently identified in an Education Select Committee Report as a good example of school-to-school support. What was...

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...

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