IMPACT – A five-part framework for making a difference in schools

From influential Executive Headteacher Nick Hart comes
Impact, a practical framework for improving outcomes for
children in both primary and secondary classrooms, helping
them thrive and succeed.
Impact provides a strategy for thinking about, planning for and
maximising the impact of teaching in your school. All educational
establishments require leaders and teachers who can make a
difference, regardless of the community context, age range or
Ofsted grading of the school. This book condenses the
knowledge that educators need and offers practical steps to
improve academic attainment and progress, as well as pastoral
outcomes such as social and emotional development, behaviour,
attendance and wellbeing.
Impact is ideal for the aspiring middle leader striving to make a
difference in their school, the middle leader tasked with raising
standards in their subject or phase, and the senior leader working
on school improvement. Nick Hart identifies a five-part framework
for understanding what impact really looks like, helping educators
at all levels to plan for and recognise the difference they can
make in their classroom, department or school. This book is the
perfect tool to inform professional development, subject action
plans and school development plans in a very practical way.

Nick Hart is the Executive Headteacher of two primary schools in
Berkshire and is the course lead for the National Professional
Qualification for Headship (NPQH) at the Ambition Institute. Nick is the
organiser of ResearchEd Berks, and also speaks regularly at education
conferences and events including UKEdChat. He blogs at Follow him on Twitter

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Nottingham Pupils Sparkle in National School Assembly

Nottingham pupils had a starring role in a national assembly which was broadcast live to hundreds of schools across the UK recently.


Students from Oak Field School and Middleton Primary and Nursery School in Nottingham took part in the assembly for RSE Day – an annual event which celebrates health and relationships education in schools. 


Organised by Nottingham City Council and Discovery Education, the theme of this year’s RSE Day was ‘Celebrating Differences – Everyone Can Sparkle’. Nottingham students led the assembly by sharing their thoughts on diversity and how we should all celebrate what makes us unique. 


The assembly was watched by students across the country, with many schools holding celebrations in their classrooms. Taking inspiration from the broadcast, students were encouraged to get involved by writing or drawing ‘What Makes Me Sparkle’, and sharing their work online. 


Tom Hall, teacher at Oak Field School in Nottingham said:


“Our students really enjoyed RSE Day! We hosted lots of exciting activities around expressing ourselves and thinking about what makes us sparkle! We had special guest readers including a local councillor, a ‘Just Dance’ station, a ‘Dress to Express’ area and self-portraits. The students even made their very own ‘Oak Field stars’ to show us what makes them sparkle! It was a wonderful day and I felt very proud of our students.”


Mark Brumwell, Headteacher at Middleton Primary and Nursery School in Nottingham said:


“RSE Day was a fabulous way to encourage children to think about their own positive qualities, whilst noticing and valuing those of their peers. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, the opportunity to celebrate diversity and children’s individuality – showing how every child does indeed ‘sparkle’ – was one we fully embraced.”


Councillor Cheryl Barnard, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Schools at Nottingham City Council, said: 


“RSE Day is now an annual event celebrated by schools right across the country and I’m so proud that it started four years ago here in Nottingham.  I was lucky enough to visit Middleton Primary and Woodlands Special School on the day and observe the creative activities children were involved in.”


“We know from our on-going work with headteachers how important this is for children and young people in terms of highlighting the need for safe and healthy relationships. The lessons in schools are all age-appropriate and pupils are taught by experienced staff who understand how to deliver these messages.”


Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s Managing Director UK and International said:


“Discovery Education is delighted to support RSE Day 2022, an important event which encourages students to value and respect diversity. We’re proud to help teachers deliver these important topics through our Health and Relationships programme, which supports schools to deliver the primary RSE curriculum with confidence.” 


Schools can find out more about RSE Day at And explore Discovery Education’s Health and Relationships programme at


LVS Hassocks Principal, Jen Weeks, shortlisted for prestigious TES Head of the Year 2022 award

LVS Hassocks Principal, Jen Weeks, receives outstanding level of recognition being shortlisted for the prestigious Tes (Times Education Supplement) Head of the Year award at the Tes Schools Awards on Friday 17th June 2022.   Heralded as one of the biggest occasions in the education calendar, the awards and event simultaneously celebrates the work of teachers and schools across the UK’s state school and independent sectors.

Jen Weeks said “This is like the Oscars for teaching.   I’m so proud to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award, and of the work the whole LVS Hassocks team does to provide an inspiring, inclusive educational environment for our students.”  She added “LVS Hassocks is a special place, we are able to make the curriculum adjustments that individual students need to progress in their education.  We get to know every student as an individual and we work with them to build trust by demonstrating that there are adults who can help them accomplish the massive achievements that they are capable of, we don’t believe in putting a ceiling on children’s achievements.”

Students at the school are given the opportunity to undertake qualifications that suit their abilities including BTEC and GCSE’s.  This year’s sixth formers were the first cohort to undertake Level 3 Qualifications with Art A Level and an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). 

Sixth form student Jake, when interviewed recently, said “I was in a bad place before I came to LVS Hassocks, and I had been bullied at my previous school by students and teachers.  Jen and the teachers at LVS Hassocks helped me trust again.  After I finish sixth form this summer, I am going onto a mainstream college.”

Principal, Jen Weeks, added “Working in specialist education is incredibly rewarding.  Our teachers have to adapt the teaching methods they have learned through their careers teaching in mainstream schools to creatively deliver the same professional level of teaching and education in a way that recognises the challenges children with a diagnosis of autism face while inspiring achievement and celebrating success.” 

For more information about LVS Hassocks, please visit


Research by Wesleyan – a specialist financial services mutual for teachers – has found that more than one in five (21%) headteachers at schools in England have accelerated their retirement plans over the past 12 months, with nearly one in 10 (8%) now planning to retire before the end of next year.

Schools in England are facing a ‘retirement rush’ as their most senior and experienced teachers bring forward their retirement plans amid the pressures of the pandemic – despite many lacking confidence that they are financially ready for retirement.  

The research found that almost a fifth (19%) of teachers with more than 20 years’ experience are now planning to leave the classroom early, with those who have changed their plans pointing to a lack of work-life balance (83%), workload (72%) and stress (70%) as their biggest drivers for an earlier retirement. 

Despite this new ‘retirement rush’, just six per cent of teachers with more than 20 years’ experience and nine per cent of headteachers said they were highly confident that they were financially prepared for retirement – that they had enough in savings, investments or their pension, and that they had a plan in place.

Worryingly, more than a quarter (28%) of the most experienced teaching staff and a fifth (21%) of headteachers admitted they were not confident at all about their financial preparations.

Simon Rake, head of the teachers division at Wesleyan, said: 

“Considering the stresses teachers have faced this past year it’s not surprising that many are now reconsidering their retirement plans. But what is worrying is that so many  are doing so despite not feeling ready financially to leave work.

“Some teachers will find themselves between a rock and a hard place – deciding whether to risk retiring earlier without understanding how and when they can access the money they need, or continuing to work in conditions that may be taking a toll on their wellbeing and mental health.” 

Wesleyan’s research also found that a majority of senior and long-serving staff members were unaware of what ongoing changes to their pension schemes – particularly measures to remedy discrimination in public sector schemes often referred to as the ‘McCloud’ case – would mean for them.

Three fifths (60%) of teachers with more than 20 years’ experience and more than half (51%) of headteachers said they had never heard of the changes – despite it having a potentially significant impact on their pension pots.


Simon continued: “Planning for retirement has become increasingly complex for teachers, which could be feeding into their lack of confidence when it comes to financial plans.  

“Over the past six years, those in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) have seen a move to a career average revalued earnings scheme, the new choices offered by pension freedoms and, more recently, the ongoing changes brought about by the McCloud case.

“Understanding what each one of these changes will mean for their own pensions is key to being able to retire with confidence.

“Even if they’re not considering early retirement, it is essential that teachers take the time to assess their own finances, understand what options they have available and put a plan in place so that they are in the strongest possible position when the day eventually comes.”

Headteacher standards mark an important moment for the English education system

Leora Cruddas, chief executive of CST and vice chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review Group said: “The publication of the new Head Teacher Standards is an important moment for the school system in England.

“The standards define the work of a head teacher or school principal – those leading a school whether a maintained school or a school in a trust.

“The standards have been used to develop a suite of national professional qualification frameworks which are rooted in the best available evidence of leading a school – what head teachers need to know and be able to do.

“It is important that the development of leaders in England is underpinned both by ethical standards and secure knowledge so that leaders can solve persistent or novel challenges and contribute to society’s conversation about schooling. 

“As Malcolm Trobe CBE, chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review group says, ‘both the profession and society rightly have high expectations of those that lead our schools and it is important that the standards accurately reflect those expectations.’ It was a very great privilege to work with Malcolm and the review group to develop these standards.

“Head teachers and school principals play a very important role in our society as they lead the education of our children. It is essential that we invest in their development so that we have the very best leaders and our education system keeps getting better.”


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