Hello teachers & educators! Welcome back to Cost Cutters Corner, our space to share issues and ideas from across the educational profession. This month, find out why one headteacher thinks schools need to band together in the face of political uncertainty, discover what you should be spending your pupil premium on and pick up some of the 40 books to read before you start teaching…

In the face of political uncertainty, schools much work together


There are sub-100 days to go until the Great British people cast their votes for the next British government. The one thing we know is that the results are deeply uncertain. For teachers, headteachers and education professionals already struggling to get to grips with an amorphous system, the prospect of yet more change and uncertainty is not one to relish. In an age of political wishy-washiness and uncertainty, schools can no longer exist in isolation as part of a system all at sea – we need each other.

This is the thrust of an interesting article published on the National Education Trust website last month by NAHT general secretary, Russell Hobby. Russell argues that in today’s climate, it’s more important than ever before for local schools to come together to eensure “strong mutual accountability, shared support services and the regular exchange of staff for professional development”.


What should you spend your pupil premium on?

pupil_premiumFor Slough and Eton CE Business & Enterprise College it was a cultural enrichment programme. For Woodrow First School it was a family support worker. For other establishments, the pupil premium has been spent on Reading Recovery programmes, school transport for young carers and school breakfasts – but how should you spend yours?

That’s the question NET deputy director Marc Rowland sets out to answer in his recent blog for Schools Week. Well worth a read if you need some pointers or some inspiration…

40 Books to read before you start teaching

photo 2 (2)From classroom leadership and motivational insights into the lives of top teachers, to project based learning guidance and school socionomics; this list of didactic diamonds was put together by voracious book-devourer and teacher John Spencer over on his brilliant blog Spencer Ideas. This is a fantastic resource for anyone in search of little teaching inspiration, motivation or simply interesting reading material.

Which books are on your “must read” list for fellow (and future) teachers? What’s your take on the pupil premium? Share your thoughts with other educators below!


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