Introduction to school governance — starting as a governor

25 June 2012

Becoming a school governor is an extremely rewarding way of making a vital contribution to society and the development of young people. However, for new governors starting out in their role, it can be a daunting time. In this article, Martin Hodgson looks at the statutory duties of a governing body and how new governors will not only have to come to understand their own roles quickly, but also the governing bodies’ responsibilities for the school’s strategy, targets, budgets and policies.

The importance of a well-developed PSHE curriculum

12 June 2012

Michael Evans discusses the importance of focusing on pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in your school and explains how a well-developed PSHE curriculum can help schools achieve high Ofsted ratings.

Trees for schools

4 June 2012

Maureen Moody explores what benefits trees, copses and orchards can bring to schools, and discusses some of the issues.

Annual leave: recent case law and the implications for the education sector

15 May 2012

Recent cases have provided useful guidance for education institutions about two difficult annual leave issues: the statutory holiday right of teaching staff; and the calculation of holiday pay for term-time staff. In this article, Sarah Beeby of SNR Denton UK LLP looks at the cases in question and the implications for the sector.

A closer look at Achievement for All (AfA)

10 April 2012

The stakes are getting higher for ensuring that our SEN pupils make the expected progress. The Achievement for All programme is being rolled out to schools as a possible solution. Suzanne O’Connell summarises its main features and considers its value.