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At the chalkface: The Worm

At the chalkface: The Worm

I no like Mr Worm. He feeds my paranoia. I fear he’s coming to our classrooms, that Ofsted will become an X Factor panel and the…

Common problems with narrowing the gap – and some solutions

Common problems with narrowing the gap – and some solutions

What are the most common ‘narrowing the gap’ problems in secondary schools and what are some of the solutions that prove effective? Daniel Sobel takes a look

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Implications of the Headteachers' Standards

Implications of the Headteachers' Standards

The Headteachers’ Standards are an ‘ambitious and motivating set of statements’, says Roy Blatchford, who breaks down what they …

30th Apr 2015
One book, any book – ideas to get them reading

One book, any book – ideas to get them reading

All the evidence shows that reading for pleasure brings multiple benefits for secondary students – now and in the future. Karen …

Karen Sullivan,30th Apr 2015
Engaging staff effectively with their CPD

Engaging staff effectively with their CPD

How can schools support their staff to engage effectively with their CPD? Jessica Brosnan offers some advice.

Teacher Development Trust,30th Apr 2015
What makes work experience effective?

What makes work experience effective?

What makes for an effective work experience placement? Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the findings of recent research into overcomin…

30th Apr 2015
Supporting your SENCO's CPD

Supporting your SENCO's CPD

Central funding has gone for the National Award for SENCO training programme, but this vital CPD programme continues to be prior…

Jane Friswell,30th Apr 2015
Drug and alcohol abuse among students

Drug and alcohol abuse among students

Continuing her series on young people’s mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at issues surrounding substance abuse and how…

Dr Stephanie Thornton,30th Apr 2015
Common problems with narrowing the gap – and some solutions

Common problems with narrowing the gap – and some solutions

What are the most common ‘narrowing the gap’ problems in secondary schools and what are some of the solutions that prove effecti…

Daniel Sobel,30th Apr 2015
Research Insights: Latest evidence-based best practice from SecEd & NFER

Research Insights: Latest evidence-based best practice from SecEd & NFER

Our latest Research Insights articles bring you evidence-based best practice advice and guidance on a range of topics, including…

30th Apr 2015
Appraisals and mid-year staff reviews

Appraisals and mid-year staff reviews

Mid-year reviews are often seen as a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Former school leader Denise Inwood advises on how to ensure that they …

23rd Apr 2015
The fight for universal education – a diary from Ghana

The fight for universal education – a diary from Ghana

George Watts and Emily Pemberton, both 15, from Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr in Cardiff, are the 2015 Young Ambassadors for the Send My …

23rd Apr 2015

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Governing bodies urged to sign up to ‘seven principles of public life’

Governing boards should publish and sign-up to a code of conduct committing to the seven principles of public life.

30th Apr 2015

At a glance headlines: April 30, 2015

The importance of 'academic buoyancy, a new water challenge project, and a competition to design a school are among the SecEd at…

30th Apr 2015
Inspiring women discuss arts careers with 850 female students

Inspiring women discuss arts careers with 850 female students

A career “speed networking” session involving 850 state school girls and 150 high-profile women took place in the inspiring sett…

30th Apr 2015

‘Clear appetite for fundamental curriculum change’ in Wales

The man behind the new proposals for the national curriculum for Wales has said he found “a clear appetite for fundamental chang…

Moira Sharkey,30th Apr 2015
Campaign calls for schools to adopt 'seven Cs' curriculum

Campaign calls for schools to adopt 'seven Cs' curriculum

Teaching and the wider education system should move towards a character-based curriculum that focuses on students thinking “crea…

Pete Henshaw,30th Apr 2015
Pupils 'caught' reading as part of school's literacy focus

Pupils 'caught' reading as part of school's literacy focus

From setting up book clubs to asking pupils to act as reading mentors, schools are full of ideas about how to inspire young read…

Emma Lee-Potter,30th Apr 2015
School teams sought for Youth Rocketry Challenge

School teams sought for Youth Rocketry Challenge

Secondary school students are being urged to enter the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge, with a trip to the Paris Airshow i…

30th Apr 2015
'Cells' inspire talented young poets

'Cells' inspire talented young poets

“The future of literature is in good hands with poets like these around.” Those were the words of poet Peter McDonald, one of th…

Emma Lee-Potter,30th Apr 2015

Call for more use of Scots language in classrooms

More use of the Scots language in lessons could not only help pupils understand their culture better but also improve literacy a…

Sam Phipps,30th Apr 2015
Parents would change vote over holiday ban policy

Parents would change vote over holiday ban policy

An overwhelming majority of parents disagree with the ban on term-time holidays and many would even change who they vote for ove…

30th Apr 2015