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What's in the books?

18 February 2019
Progress in science books is demonstrated by evidence of an understanding of science across a wide spectrum of topics and concepts, applying the skills of Working Scientifically in each, writing in depth about...

The Rosenshine Papers

25 January 2019
In 2018 we (United Learning) adopted Rosenshine’s principles of instruction as the basis for our approach to teaching and learning across our schools. It’s the first time that we’ve taken a...

How can we best leverage the power of parental engagement?

4 January 2019
There is a well-established body of evidence that illustrates the powerful impact parent engagement has on a child’s education, aspirations and, ultimately, on their outcomes. In fact, there are very few...

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...

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

Be A Better Place To Work

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...

Automation, our students and their next 100 years

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...

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...

Developing a Cultural Curriculum, by Dame Sally Coates

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...

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...

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...

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

Leadership – Oil the wheels of tricky talks

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'.

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