Professional development is a crucial factor in school improvement and improving pupil outcomes, but it could work harder, says Keith Wright.
This is statutory guidance, which means that schools and colleges (including academies and free schools) must have regard to it. It contains what schools should do and what they must do.
Ofsted reports are making it clear. The DfE wants to see secondary schools challenging their most able students. In this article, Suzanne O’Connell summarises the criticisms and recommendations from ‘The most able students’ report.
Tony Powell looks at the new key area ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ under the new Ofsted inspection framework.
Jenny Townsend explores how parental engagement can contribute to school improvement and in particular the role this can play in raising pupil achievement levels.