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Effective Communication with Parents in School – The Dos and Don’ts

Effective communication with parents can be a challenge in schools. Not least because everyone is very time poor in schools. The parents are often time poor too. They may have other distractions with their own work or other children or caring roles. How teachers communicate with parents has a lot of impact on how well

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What is a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)? – 2021 Guide

What is a VLE? A VLE is a platform used in education to give access to educational content online. This can be via computers or mobile devices (tablets or phones or even games consoles). Most VLEs are set up by a specific educational institution. For example, a school, college, or university. The institution will then

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Improving Pupil Progress: 5 Ways Leaders Can Boost Outcomes

It would be hard to find a school leader who does not value the importance of improving pupil progress. The same goes for every teacher, teaching assistant, parent or any other stakeholder around each child. Sometimes we see a divided debate about what the best way is to do this. For some the focus is

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Parental Engagement in Schools – Strategies for Involving Parents and Improving Pupil Outcomes

“Parental involvement in the form of ‘at-home good parenting’ has a significant positive effect on children’s achievement and adjustment even after all other factors shaping attainment have been taken out of the equation. In the primary age range the impact caused by different levels of parental involvement is much bigger than differences associated with variations

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How to Track and Monitor Pupil Progress in the Classroom

Pupil progress is a tricky topic. All too often used synonymously with overly-detailed, workload-heavy paperwork. Transformative pupil progress tracking uses fundamental principles aimed at improving pupil outcomes. Tracking pupil progress in the classroom is one of the best ways a school can ensure they have involved every stakeholder in a child’s future. There is a

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What is a School Self-Evaluation Form? Plus Quick Writing Guide

What is a School Self-Evaluation Form (SEF)? The SEF is a School Self-Evaluation Form. This is usually completed by school leaders. The SEF lays out the reflections on the school’s impact in a number of areas. Schools may choose to involve other members of staff and gather views from parents and pupils. All of this

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School Report Writing: 10 Top Tips and Expert Advice

How to write a school report We would all like to think that parents thoroughly read through our carefully crafted pupil school reports. How they must appreciate the hours we put into writing them! However, the reality is that reports are often not as cherished as we would hope. It’s very easy to get them

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