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The freedom to make decisions about teaching assistants is nothing new, but now school leaders have the means to unlock their potential

Rob Webster Over the last five years, schools in England have been granted an unprecedented level of freedom. An increasing number of state schools now decide for themselves which children are admitted, the curriculum they follow, who to appoint to

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Middle leaders as catalysts for change in schools: an active, collaborative process

Chris Brown and Louise Stoll Over recent years, there’s been greater awareness in England of the important role middle leaders – people such as department heads, key stage leaders or pastoral leaders – can play in school improvement. Middle leaders are

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Conflicts of interest in academy schools are symptoms of a wider malaise

Toby Greany This post is co-published with The Conversation As part of its ongoing inquiry into academies and free schools, the Education Select Committee recently published a report that it had commissioned from Jean Scott and me on conflicts of interest in academies. We

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How headteachers are maximising the impact of teaching assistants and getting results

Rob Webster Recent Government data reveal the rise and rise of teaching assistants. Headcount figures show there are more TAs working in English state-funded primary schools than teachers: 257,300 vs. 242,300. In secondary schools, there are 70,700 TAs to 257,300

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School leadership in China: party lines and personalised curriculum pathways

Toby Greany I lived in China for two years in the early ‘90s working in a teacher training university in Wuhan. I loved my time there, but life was challenging in many ways.  I would be surrounded by fascinated crowds

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