• How to lead a successful multi-academy trust

    There are lots of ways MATs can improve their schools, writes James Toop, but there’s one common factor needed to underpin it all School improvement can only occur with great leadership. This is especially true when we are talking about groups of schools like multi-academy trusts, but the more I learn about the MATs that

    17.30 Apr. 18th, 2018 | Opinion

  • School leaders: tips for successful difficult conversations

    Tough conversations with colleagues and subordinates are an unfortunate but necessary aspect of leadership. Sonia Gill, an expert in such talk, explains how to make the best of them If you’re like some of the school leaders I’ve met, you’ll find difficult conversations tend to come at you from every angle many times a day.

    5.00 Mar. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Headteachers: take back control of school audit culture!

    The endless papertrails modern school life seemingly requires are now actively making things worse for our overworked teachers. Becky Allen explains how to change all that Teaching should be the best job in the world. It has all the components of a satisfying profession: autonomy, impact, purpose and a sense of human connection. So why

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Emma Sheppard, founder, MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher project

    Emma Sheppard is on a mission to make it easier for parents to stay in teaching – and to move into leadership roles – and one way she intends to achieve this is by making it acceptable to bring babies to conferences. There’s pressure on Sheppard on the day we meet. First, I’m showing up

    5.00 Feb. 13th, 2018 | Features

  • Unions: Schools need more help with handling complaints

    The unions want schools to have more help to deal with complaints, after the government ended a useful customer satisfaction survey that ran for just three years. The Department for Education’s ‘Complaints about schools’ survey ran from 2012 to 2015, and examined how the department was dealing with problems when a local response had not

    5.00 Jan. 21st, 2018 | News

  • DfE fails to hit female leadership coaching target

    The Department for Education is almost a year behind on its target to link 1,000 women teachers with 1,000 coaches, through its scheme to encourage more female school leaders. Launched by the DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in March 2016, the Women Leading in Education (WLE) programme promised to 1,000 connections

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2018 | News

  • CEOs, CFOs & COOS: How MATs struggle to recruit executives

    Multi-academy trusts with more than five schools increasingly need senior finance, operating and executive officers, but school leaders lack the “reference points” to recruit them, as many have never worked with such roles before. The National Governance Association’s ‘Welcome to a multi-academy trust’ guide states that larger MATs (defined as having between five and 10

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • New redundancy tactics for schools faced with tough decisions

    Staff are going through interviews and graded assessments to decide who to make redundant, Schools Week has learnt. James Lynas, a partner at law firm Winckworth Sherwood, said a handful of schools are taking the new redundancy route to ensure that they keep the best-performing teachers. Teaching unions, however, say schools could be using the

    5.00 Apr. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Ministers urged to clamp down on all-powerful academy CEOs

    Ministers have been urged to clamp down on over-powerful academy bosses after an investigation found one chief executive sacked the trust chair who suspended him. Ian Cleland, chief executive and founding member of the Academies Transformation Trust (ATT), was put on temporary leave by chair Stephen Tilsley last year over finance concerns. Forecasts showed the

    5.00 Apr. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • What does high challenge teaching look like?

    To define “high challenge” is almost impossible, says Heather Fearn. Teachers must use their expertise to ask themselves what actions will best move their class forward “further, faster” at any time What does high challenge teaching look like?” “Easy: make the work harder.” “OK, another question – what is harder work?” “Er . . .

    5.00 Mar. 27th, 2017 | Opinion

  • The Clouds that can Surround a School: Responding to and managing a critical incident

    In September 2015 the worst thing imaginable happened in my school. One of our students was playing football with his friends when he started to feel short of breath and collapsed. Two members of staff started CPR until local GPs arrived. Then the first-response paramedic. The air ambulance followed. Luke’s mother arrived and howled, caught

    5.00 Mar. 26th, 2017 | Reviews