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National priorities

Welcome to the School of Education’s national priorities area for student teachers.

This area provides you with practical resources and information to support the development of your expertise in the key priority areas identified by the Government. These are:

Managing behaviour and discipline

Starting points

DfE - Getting the Simple Things Right - Charlie Taylor’s Behaviour Checklist: Charlie Taylor, the Government’s Expert Adviser on behaviour in schools, advises schools on simple techniques to promote excellent behaviour and discipline in the classroom.

Teachers Media - Behaviour Management Videos from Teachers TV Archive: These videos provide a wide range of advice and inspiration for encouraging positive behaviour.

Eastbourne Partnership -  Behaviour Key Principles Summary: Guidance developed by colleagues at partner schools that presents exemplification of outstanding behaviour management in a mainstream classroom

Developing expertise

Behaviour2Learn: This excellent website provides practical resources to support the development of positive behaviour in classrooms and schools.

DfE - Ensuring Good Behaviour in Schools: Advice for headteachers, governing bodies, teachers, parents and pupils on good behaviour in schools.

Stonewall - Initial Teacher Training: This guide is designed to help all trainee teachers access information on how to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.

theSlate - A collection of useful resources to support your understanding of e-safety issues and help you to develop effective classroom practice

Additional resources

All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image: report about the effects of negative body image on boys and girls and the links to bullying in schools.

Department for Education (DfE) School Behaviour Advice and Guidance Section: This section contains advice and guidance for governing bodies, headteachers, school staff and parents, on behaviour and discipline in schools.

Stonewall - the School Report: report of the findings of their research into homophobic bullying in schools.

English as an additional language (EAL)

Starting points

NALDIC - The Distinctiveness of EAL Pedagogy: This page summarises principles that underpin good practice for pupils learning EAL.

Teachers Media - EAL Videos from Teachers TV Archive: These videos provide support for supporting the progress and inclusion of pupils at different phases and in different subject areas.

Eastbourne Partnership - EAL Key Principles Summary: Guidance developed by colleagues at partner schools that presents exemplification of good practice in EAL:

Developing expertise

Aiming High: Meeting the Needs of Newly Arrived Learners of English as an Additional Language:  Materials developed for schools and teachers of newly arrived EAL learners.

DfE - EAL Resources: Regarding the Department’s strategy for supporting pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), including case studies and useful publications.

NALDIC - EAL Guidance Resources Library: EAL guidance to help with the teaching of EAL and bilingual learners from the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum.

Additional resources

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC): Home page of the national subject association for EAL.  Provides links, resources and training for all practitioners working with EAL learners.

NALDIC - What does Ofsted define as Good Practice In EAL: Advice on how Ofsted are assessing good practice in EAL teaching under the new inspection regime introduced in September 2012.

QCA - A language in common: Assessing English as an Additional Language: QCA document providing advice on assessing progress and attainment in English as an Additional Language.

Special educational needs and/ or disabilities (SEND)

Starting  Points

Teachers Media - SEND Videos from Teachers TV Archive:  These videos provide practice advice and ideas to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils.

Department for Education (DfE) Special Educational Needs Section: This section provides a wide range of information, advice and materials for teachers, parents and others caring for or working with disabled children and young people or those with SEN in England.

NASEN guide to the SEN Code of Practice for 0 to 25 years: National Association for SEN advice on the new Code of Practice to be implemented from September 2014

Eastbourne Partnership - SEND Key Principles Summary: Guidance developed by colleagues at partner schools that presents exemplification of good practice in SEND and also advice on strategies to support with specific learning needs:

Developing expertise

DfE - Advanced Training Materials: E-learning study units designed for those with a secure basic understanding of SEND to further develop their understanding of autism, dyslexia, speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

DfE - Training for Teaching SEND Students: Training materials to support the continuing professional development of the teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Additional resources

Further information can be found in the following links below:

Dyslang: The aim of Dyslang is to support the multilingual dyslexic individual in learning an additional curriculum language. The site also provides useful information about dyslexia and bilingualism. guide for children with Special Educational Needs: Overview of entitlements due for pupils with SEND.

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN): Homepage of Nasen the leading organisation in the UK promoting the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.

Parliament website section on SEND: Provides links on the parliamentary business related to SEND.

DfE/ DoH - Draft Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice: Statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with SEN.

Supporting underperforming groups of pupils

Starting points

Ofsted - Unseen Children Report: This report presents the results of year-long review by Ofsted into current patterns of disadvantage and educational success across England, to learn the lessons of recent policy initiatives.  

DfE - Pupil Premium Raising the achievement of disadvantage children: Overview of policy and initiatives to raise achievement of all pupils.

Education Endowment Fund - Teaching and learning Toolkit: Designed to support teachers to make their own informed choices and adopt a more ‘evidence based’ approach to tackling educational underachievement.

Developing expertise

Ofsted - Looked after children: good practice in schools: Short report based on a small-scale survey of good practice in schools in relation to looked after children.

DfE - Improving the outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils: final report: 2010 report focused on issues faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and what can be done to improve educational outcomes for this group.

Additional resources

The Sutton Trust: The Sutton Trust works to combat educational inequality and this website contains research findings, useful links and resources to support those working in education.

National Education Trust - Independent foundation leading excellent practice and innovation: The National Education Trust aims to close the ‘achievement gap’. This website contains information on policy developments, advice on school improvement and contains advice on good practice.


Challenging bullying

Starting points

DfE - Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for school staff and school leaders on preventing and responding to bullying as part of their overall behaviour policy

Kidscape: Advice for professionals on racist bullying

Stonewall - Tackling Homophobic Language: A guide for teachers to understand the use of and challenge homophobic language

Developing expertise

Ofsted - No Place for Bullying: this report from June 2012 focuses on how schools can create a positive culture to prevent and tackle bullying.

NSPCC: Resources, training and guidance for teachers and schools to prevent and respond to bullying

Stonewall Education guides: Stonewall has produced a series of practical guides for primary and secondary schools with good practice case studies and tips on a range of issues

Teachers Media - Videos Exploring Bullying from the Teachers TV Archive: Teachers TV programmes to support your work challenging bullying