keyword: School Improvement






Adopting Appreciative Inquiry: An approach to building on Success

On my appointment as Assistant Principal (Senco) at my school in August 2014 I began an incredible journey of both professional and self-discovery. Due to the nature of the range of needs at the school – the support team is a very large one. Like any new post-holder, I wanted to ‘make my mark’ and set about planning new initiatives with gusto. I decided to audit and observe for the first year whilst I got the Senco Award under my belt and this gave me time to take stock and work out how to go about facilitating and leading...


Date Published: 10th October 2019
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Changing, improving and learning is a game we all play, as leaders of education

Our setting is a small school with the maximum capacity of 30 pupils. As of July 2019 we have 26 pupils on role with 23 members of staff (including auxiliary staff). The school has a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) team made up of a Headteacher and two Assistant Heads (one for Education and one for Pastoral). In addition, there are subject leads for Science, English and Maths and a Senior Keyworker. As part of the development of specialisms other key roles include, an Assistant Educational Psychologist and a Team Teach Tutor.   The case study plots a journey of ups as...


Date Published: 10th October 2019
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Getting the Special out of Specials

It is well rehearsed that individual special schools have a considerable bank of knowledge and practice in improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and that this is of value to the wider education sector – including other special schools, mainstream and alternative provision.   This short report reflects a wider piece of work called getting the special out of special schools which looks at how collaboration between special and mainstream schools can improve outcomes for all children and young people and was part funded by NASS to look at how the innovation potential might be released from...


Date Published: 4th October 2019
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