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Regular use of non-specialist teachers is a significant issue for schools according to 7 subject associations. They’re calling on the next government to address the issue by strengthening recruitment and support for expert subject specialists [Tes Magazine - registration required]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Get to grips with what questions to ask when meeting subject leaders on school visits or at board and committee meetings, so you can challenge and support them.

More than half of headteachers would consider phased retirement, but a third think it wouldn’t be possible, according to a new Teacher Tapp survey. Heads are worried the decision would be frowned upon, or cause too much disruption to schools [Tes Magazine - registration required]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Be clear on how to make sure your headteacher has a smooth departure and how you can help maintain effective leadership following their exit. 

High-ability pupils from low-income backgrounds are more likely to fall behind between the ages of 11 and 14. New research shows a clear, rapid decline in the outcomes of those pupils in that critical period, including significantly worse behaviour and poor mental wellbeing [The Guardian]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Understand how to review your pupil premium policy confidently, so you can be sure the funding is being used effectively and supporting the pupils who need it. 


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