July 2012

The know zone

  • Water-tight contracts
    Along with greater freedom and independence, schools also now have the huge responsibility of procuring the services of reliable contractors. Schools and colleges need to have their wits about them as Richard Bird explains More
  • Rate of return
    How do you convert time into money? Sam Ellis explains the many complexities of this question and looks at how schools can get value for money when deploying their staff. More
  • Lead vocals
    Quotes from Michael Jordan, Michaelangelo, Audrey Hepburn, Carl Sagan and Thomas Fuller More
  • Fame academy
    Vic Goddard is principal of Passmores Academy in Harlow, which is the school featured in Channel 4ís BAFTA-nominated documentary series, Educating Essex. More
  • Summing up
    Avivaís Paying for It scheme gets students thinking about finances Ė their own and the nationís. More
  • Adding value
    ASCL members can save money More
  • Fishing for staff?
    What is the most effective way to recruit and retain the best graduates as teachers? The parliamentary Education Select Committee has put forward its own ideas, ranging from higher pay and performance bonuses to sabbatical scholarships and a Royal College of Teaching. Here, leaders share their own views. More
  • Leaders' surgery
    Exams: Double the trouble? and Are exclusions a 'fine' thing More
  • A slippery slope?
    Struggling schools need the best heads to turn them around. But the fear of being sacked if they do not succeed quickly is deterring outstanding leaders from taking on these tough roles and undermining attempts to tackle social mobility, says Brian Lightman. More
  • Skirting the issue
    Long-serving heads will have particular targets in mind as retirement approaches. Going before youíre pushed is clearly crucial. After that, itís all about the legacy you will leave, says Dennis Richards. More
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Lead vocals

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
Michael Jordan

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it."
Michaelangelo

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'."
Audrey Hepburn

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
Carl Sagan

"All things are difficult before they are easy."
Thomas Fuller

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