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  • Ofsted 'deep dives': reading (primary)
    Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a reading 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions to get the latest insights – it's based on 5 recent inspections under the new framework.
  • Curriculum jargon buster
    Know your 'intent' from your 'implementation'? Your 'substantive' from your 'disciplinary'? Check how much you know about these and other key terms. Share our handout with staff to help them brush up on their curriculum knowledge too.
  • Ofsted curriculum prompts: poster
    Use the prompts to kick-start a discussion about your school's curriculum intent, implementation and impact, and to identify any areas where you might need to do more work.


Policy bank

  • Behaviour policy: model and examples
    We have created a model behaviour policy. Approved by Forbes Solicitors, this model document is designed for you to adapt to suit your school’s context. All of our model documents take account of relevant requirements and good practice. They are easy to adapt, will save you time and help you keep your school compliant.


Pupils and parents

  • SEND Code of Practice: a summary
    Read our summary of the SEND Code of Practice to make sure you're meeting your legal duties and putting the child at the heart of your SEND provision. Check the rules on EHC plans, the responsibilities of mainstream schools, and the local offer.
  • SEN provision mapping
    Make sure you're keeping track of the costing and effectiveness of your interventions for students with special educational needs (SEN). Download our template provision map and template intervention evaluation tool. You can also read expert guidance on reviewing your provision map.
  • Boosting pupils' self-esteem
    This article looks at guidance on promoting pupils' mental health and wellbeing, and ideas and resources you can use in school. We also link to advice on helping parents boost their child's confidence and supporting pupils to improve their own self-esteem.
  • Using individual education plans (IEPs)
    This article contains advice on whether IEPs are still fit for purpose and looks at what terminology schools and LAs are using for school-based SEN support plans.
  • Lockdown procedures: letters to parents
    This article contains a template letter created with one of our education experts, and provides tips on writing your own letter. We also look at examples of such letters from primary and secondary schools..


Administration and finance

  • Generating income and raising funds
    This article sets out ways to generate extra money using a school's existing resources, and links to further information on these approaches. You will also find case studies from 2 schools about successful income generation.
  • GDPR: seeking consent for processing personal data
    Use our process to help you work out whether you need to seek consent for processing personal data under the GDPR. If you do, use our template consent forms that cover the most likely situations where you'll need to seek consent or use our checklist to ensure your own forms meet the new rules.
  • How to manage a procurement process
    A well-planned procurement process can help you achieve value for money and comply with EU procurement law. Read on for advice on planning the process, writing a specification and managing a contract.
  • Marketing your school effectively
    How can schools market themselves to prospective pupils and parents? We refer to a range of advice on marketing a school, covering factors such as developing a strategy, using internet-based marketing and securing media coverage. You will also find a case study from a teaching school.
  • Letting school premises: guidance
    What should schools consider when letting their premises? We relay guidance on what to think about when planning to hire out school premises or facilities, including considerations around conditions of hire, safeguarding, security, and insurance.


Curriculum and learning

  • Promoting British values in the curriculum
    How can we promote British values through our curriculum? Two of our associate education experts explain how schools can incorporate British values into the curriculum, and the limitations to doing so. We also include a downloadable template to record how your school promotes British values.
  • Assessment approach: age-related expectations
    How does an assessment system based on age-related expectations work? Get to grips with the key principles, and find out how 3 primary schools and a secondary school use the age-related expectations assessment approach.
  • 'Mastery' standard activities for Key Stage 1
    Are there 'mastery' activities for English and mathematics? In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate education experts on activities for pupils who are at 'mastery' standard in Key Stage 1. We also look at how one school teaches mastery in maths and reading.

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School improvement and inspection 

  • Making a school 'outstanding': examples of strategies
    Have a look at advice from 2 of our associate experts on what makes a school 'outstanding' and how you can get there. You can also learn about the strategies one school used to move from special measures to ‘outstanding’ in the space of 3 years.
  • Departmental and subject action plan template
    Download our departmental and subject action plan template to help you plan and evaluate improvements in your department or subject. You’ll also find out what to consider when developing and embedding your plan.
  • Tips for writing your school self-evaluation form (SEF)
    Use our prompts when writing your self-evaluation form (SEF) to help you evaluate your school’s provision. You'll also find tips to support you in ensuring your SEF is an effective tool for your school's development.


Staff and recruitment

  • Staffing ratios for trips and visits
    You should determine staffing ratios for school trips based on an assessment of risk, and you must follow your LA's guidance where this exists. Here's what you need to weigh up, including extra needs you must meet for pupils in the EYFS.
  • Observing EYFS teaching: what to look for
    Understand what you should look for when observing teaching in the EYFS with guidance on what effective teaching looks like, and examples of prompts to help you when carrying out lesson observations.
  • Pupil progress objectives for teachers: advice
    How should we set appraisal targets relating to pupil progress? We relay advice on setting objectives relating to pupil progress. We also looks at union opposition to basing teacher appraisal targets on pupil progress.