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We've been answering questions from school leaders since 2007, on all aspects of school leadership and management. Our knowledge bank contains over 3,500 answers, many of which include practical resources, such as checklists, templates, sample documents and case studies. If we don't already have the answer online, you can ask our experts your questions - we'll answer within 3 days.

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Managing school staff

Guidance on staff pay and progression, appraisal and professional development, recruitment, and managing people and teams. 

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How should we set appraisal targets relating to pupil progress?
Headteacher (primary school), London

What should I look for in an EYFS lesson observation? 
Headteacher (primary school), London 

How do we determine leadership pay under the new arrangements?
Deputy headteacher (secondary school), south east

Policies, planners and legislation updates

Help with writing policies, guidance on admissions, funding, inclusion and health and safety, and summaries of legislation and government initiatives. 

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Is there a list of tasks for a school business manager?
School business manager (secondary school), west Midlands

Do you have an online calendar for schools with key dates and events?
Deputy headteacher (special school), north west 

How can schools raise money?
Headteacher (special school), south east

School improvement and inspection

Information on preparing for inspection, converting to academy status and using performance data, and examples of school improvement plans. 

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What are the changes to inspection from September 2015?
Headteacher (primary school), west Midlands 

What makes an 'outstanding' school?
Assistant headteacher (primary school), north west 

Curriculum and assessment

Articles on curriculum management, assessment, developing teaching practice, evaluating pupil progress and raising achievement.

Are there 'I can' statements for KS1 and KS2?
Headteacher (primary school), west Midlands

How can primary schools track pupil progress without using levels?
Assistant headteacher (primary school), south west

How can we promote British values through our curriculum?
Headteacher (primary school), north east

Pupils and parents

Answers to questions about behaviour and attendance, working with parents and the community, pupil wellbeing and special educational needs. 

How can we boost pupils' self-esteem?
Deputy headteacher (primary school), east of England

How can we write a provision map?
SENCO (special school), south east

Are schools replacing individual education plans (IEPs)?
Deputy headteacher, Wales

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