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‘We’ve cut everything’: governors discuss the school funding crisis

​ Ever-decreasing budgets, a new national funding formula (NFF) and reports of headteachers asking parents to plug holes in finances – schools in the UK are feeling the pinch. This leaves many governors with the difficult task of trying to raise standards while having no option but to make cuts. We spoke to three governors to get a f...
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‘Diversity is dire in education’ – the grassroots campaign bringing change to the face of school leadership

"I spend every working day with children, parents, teacher and leaders from a range of different backgrounds, and until they are able to pass through professional and educational life without needing to contemplate being disadvantaged by their skin colour, their culture or their religion, there is a pressing need for #BAMEed." Jonny Walker, Assista...
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​Are you an NQT applying for teaching jobs? Read this first

Taking the plunge into finding a full-time teaching job is daunting, but there are some simple tricks that will put you ahead of the pack when it comes to application, interview and the dreaded practice lesson. We spoke to four school leaders for their top tips on how you can stand out from the crowd: Christopher Hammond, incoming headmaster a...
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​A guide to optimism and how to develop it among your students (hint: it's got nothing to do with how full your glass is)

Optimism: it's all about whether the glass half full or half empty, right? Wrong. It turns out that most people have the wrong idea of optimism. So what exactly is it? How important is it? And, most crucially, can you learn to be optimistic? Let's start with a quick test. You can choose only one answer per question. 1) You get lost driving to a fri...
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You don't need a school research champion, you need a team of champions – and here's how to build one

We are asking school research champions to do an impossible job . This isn't a poor reflection of the professionals in these roles – the job is simply too much for one person. There are three aspects to being a research champion: identifying and analysing data and research; linking up and exchanging ideas between professionals (from policymakers to...
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