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Protect your most valuable resource – your teachers

Cutbacks mean that schools are facing some tough choices – but their first priority must be to preserve their budgets for staff development and wellbeing

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It’s hard not to have a soft spot for Whole Education, a group of school leaders and determined idealists who are resolved to “keep the faith”. By that they mean they are united in their common resolve to do “more than the basics” and share ideas on curriculum, timetable and school organisational practices that enable that to happen.

Their annual conference at the end of this month is called “Doing More With Less” – a theme that causes all schools to scratch their heads. It is all too easy to decide where painful cuts have to be made but more difficult to overcome the obstacles, not to mention ...

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