School staff wellbeing is a subject that has received extensive coverage in the news during the past year and it has generally been acknowledged that more needs to be done to support rising stress-levels. We worked with Carolyn Unsted, a former headteacher and education consultant, to get tips on improving the work-life balance of staff and learn how to make sure employees have a voice on workload issues.
Online safety is a hugely important issue in schools, but with new trends in social media and gaming constantly emerging, it can be difficult to know what to look out for. We speak to Tom Pinfield, Senior Education Officer at Childnet International about how teachers and school leaders can keep on top of the latest online safeguarding concerns.
Schools spending public money (including academies) must make sure they're getting the best value from their contracts for goods and services.
When contracts come to an end it's good practice to re-procure, to make sure the product or service still meets your needs and gives you the best value for money.
According to a recent study, there are now more than a million pupils in UK schools who speak English as an additional language (EAL), which forms around 15% of the total school population. EAL learners come from a vast range of backgrounds - they include asylum seekers, economic migrants and the children of diplomats. At the present time, most teachers in UK schools will have at least one EAL pupil in their class.