DfE’s Teacher Recruitment & Retention Strategy Roadshow

The DfE are running a series of roadshow events across the country to consult on and introduce their new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy to school, local authority and MAT leaders. I was at their first event held in London on Monday (4th March) at South Bank University with presentations from Jonathan Duff (Deputy Director, …

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The Education Show and other conferences of interest

I spent last Friday at the Education Show in the cavernous Excel centre in London.  It’s always hard to predict if it’s going to be worth going to these types of events, because of the market place nature of them, but this free event actually delivered some valuable education discussion, ideas and speakers. Highlights for …

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The Art of Procrastination

As we all rush towards the end of term trying to balance the demands of pre-Christmas work and life, I thought this interview with Andrew Santella about his new book on the merits of procrastination might bring some light relief. It’s in the online business analysis journal Knowledge@Wharton which provides useful insights into wider world …

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Helping school leaders to think about staff and pupil wellbeing

It’s good to hear more conversations going on inside schools and academies about the relationship between staff and pupil wellbeing. The issue has been creeping up the agenda and is (rightly) starting to influence more of the decision making at trust and governor level. Just last week the DfE published their updated guidance on “Mental …

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Play, relationships and learning in schools

On Wednesday evening Froebel Trust held their inaugural lecture at RIBA in London with Professor Paul Ramchandani speaking about play, relationships and learning. Ramchandani is the LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning at Cambridge University where he leads a research team investigating the role of play in children’s development. He also works as …

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Launch of Comprehensive Future campaign

Last night Melissa Benn, Chair of Comprehensive Future, held a brief debate at a fringe event during the Lib Dem conference in Brighton. The panel were there to discuss education, grammar schools, social inequality and fair admissions. (Photo : The panel from left to right – Fiona Millar, Professor Rebecca Allen, Dr Marlene Ellis (Chair), Tony …

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The Hopeful Headteacher Blog – relationships matter

There are so many blogs, articles and tweets that it can be hard to retain them all and remember which ones we actually find useful. One article that does stick in my mind is this one from the Hopeful Headteacher about relationships and how vital putting the time into building a good relationship between a …

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