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If you lead on Pupil Premium…

16 March 2018

Over the last few months we’ve been using webinars at United Learning to connect school leaders who lead on particular issues. Here’s a summary of our recent webinar on Pupil Premium, with thanks to colleagues leading on this who shared their insights so freely.

Flexible working: a key solution to recruitment and...

9 March 2018

In a recent article in Schools Week, Laura McInerney argued that flexible working for teachers would only deepen the current recruitment and retention crisis in a similar way to that of GPs in the last decade. 

Tackling teacher workload and creating a culture of...

15 January 2018

Another headline about teacher stress and the pressures in the sector last week. No wonder the teaching profession is facing a recruitment and retention crisis.

The teacher recruitment and retention challenge

17 November 2017

At a visit to a secondary school a while ago I met a group of pupils and asked them, what one thing could make their school better?  The clear answer from all the pupils was a consistent teacher they could work with; no more temporary or supply staff who would only be with them short term.

Automation, our students and their next 100 years

21 September 2017

This week saw the release of a Royal Society of the Arts survey of employers which pointed towards a widespread belief that increasing automation in the workplace in the next decade will shrink job opportunities for humans across a range of hitherto untroubled professions.

Developing a Cultural Curriculum, by Dame Sally Coates

6 July 2017

Recently the Social Mobility Commission published a survey showing that the younger generation feels increasingly “on the wrong side of a profound unfairness in British society”, leaving them less well-off than their parents, with worse job security and poorer housing prospects.

Academy Boss Says grammar plans may leave children behind (via the BBC)

The head of one of England's largest academy chains says creating more grammar schools will do little to raise standards.

4 October 2016

The head of one of England's largest academy chains says creating more grammar schools will do little to raise standards.

Academy Boss Says grammar plans may leave children behind (via the BBC)

The head of one of England's largest academy chains says creating more grammar schools will do little to raise standards.

4 October 2016

The head of one of England's largest academy chains says creating more grammar schools will do little to raise standards.

Answer the call of technology (via Schools Week)

Dominic Norrish, United Learning's Group Director of Technology, discusses the debate of technology in classrooms

2 October 2015

Dominic Norrish, United Learning's Group Director of Technology, discusses the debate of technology in classrooms

Leadership – Oil the wheels of tricky talks

Delivering constructive criticism to staff can be daunting, but honesty is key

29 April 2015

Delivering constructive criticism to staff can be daunting, but honesty is key

Female headteachers - reflections on the glass ceiling

Written by Jan Shaddick, Principal at Lambeth Academy

Press Cutting: Three ways to heal a failing school

Rapid remedial action is needed: Try a three-pronged approach of raising expectations, earning the trust of staff and prioritising student achievement.

Press Cutting: Leading headteacher exposes 'underhand'...

Dame Sally Coates says the 'time has come for an independent review of admissions across the country'.

What do major party announcements mean for schools?

Group Chief Executive, Jon Coles, discusses the how recent funding announcements impact schools across the country

Press Cutting: Punctuality, respect, constant exams: How...

Strong measures were needed to raise standards at the Academy in west London's White City

Is technology worth bothering with in education?

What do you do when you have a teacher with a PhD in astrophysics? Find a new method of learning so that pupils in other schools can share his knowledge . . .

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