Emotions Matter-Building emotional intelligence in children

Michael Eggleton, Deputy Head at Charles Dickens and leader of the Improving Mental Health programme talks about how his school has tackled this pressing problem. We have all seen the statistics and even had first-hand experiences of supporting children with mental health concerns. More and more emphasis has been put on schools to be the […]

Get rid of tests? Which ones?

Primary schools reacted with caution to news that Labour wants to scrap SATs and abolish the new Reception baseline test.  Whilst many agreed with their description of a “regime of extreme pressure testing”, we also wondered if this blanket statement really demonstrated Labour’s understanding of what is wrong with primary testing. Labour wants a “more […]

The widening gap between special and mainstream

It is with interest that we read that Damien Hinds has decided to seek the views of schools on whether special needs funding should be reformed to make it “more effective”.  The DFE want to know whether the funding system “could better reflect the changing nature of need”, and whether cash can be “distributed more […]