Best Practice



Teaching: What I wish I knew back then...

10 January 2018

With the joy of hindsight from his years at the chalkface and as a school leader, how would Fergal Roche start again as a teacher if he could use the knowledge he has today?


Effective school fundraising applications

10 January 2018

The secret to fundraising success can often come down to writing and compiling effective applications. Brin Best offers nine steps to planning and writing successful funding applications


Leadership and staff retention: Organisational structures (part 2)

10 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part two, Matt Bromley considers the most common organisational structures and how they link to staff satisfaction, motivation and retention


Teacher wellbeing: Reach out for help

10 January 2018

In January, when the days are cold and dark, the pressure of our roles can feel overwhelming. Julian Stanley urges any teacher who is struggling to pick up the phone...



The cornerstones of character: Accountability

10 January 2018

The importance of good accountability in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like


Supply teaching: Going back full-time

10 January 2018

As part of SecEd’s series on supply teaching, school leader Ben Solly offers practical advice for supply teachers thinking about returning to the chalkface as a full-time teacher




Creating a climate for learning: Five steps

3 January 2018

Creating the perfect conditions in your classroom so that students are engaged and learning is not easy. Geoff Barton offers five secrets to an effective climate for learning


Shared teacher planning to reduce workload

3 January 2018

Shared teacher planning could be an effective response to heavy teacher workloads. Dr Andrew K Shenton, Andy Sherlaw and Gareth Ellis report on research at Whitley Bay High School into possible approaches


Leadership and staff retention: Surgeons vs architects (part 1)

3 January 2018

In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the links between school leadership and the retention and recruitment of school staff. In part one, he considers research into the different types of leadership approach – and the implications of these for school staff



Safer Internet Day: February 6, 2018

3 January 2018

Talking about online safety is a vital part of helping children to stay safe in the world today. Hannah Broadbent looks ahead to this year’s Safer Internet Day on February 6


The power of the school gate: Are your pupils ready to learn?

3 January 2018

Facing problems with pupils arriving in class not prepared for learning, and the disruption this causes, school leader Allen Hall drew a red line at the school gate in a bid to change habits and ensure pupils arrived at school ready for the day ahead


Supply teaching: Difficult placements

3 January 2018

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. John Dabell looks at some of the common problems and practical challenges encountered by supply teachers and offer some solutions and advice


Preparing for the Russell Group

3 January 2018

Many schools will have students aiming to study at a Russell Group university. Drawing on some new and free resources for schools, Nick Hull and Robin Barrs advise on how we can best prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead






Effective performance management practices

6 December 2017

Is your school’s performance management helpful or harmful? Maria Cunningham looks at the evidence and explains how to make effective performance management and appraisal systems that contribute to genuine teacher development and improvement


Protecting your teacher's voice

6 December 2017

A teacher’s most precious resource is their voice, as the saying goes – but many of us do not look after ours as we should, storing up problems for the future. Steve Burnage offers some essential voice care advice


Are you ready for statutory RSE?

6 December 2017

Is your school preparing its PSHE provision for statutory relationships and sex education? With draft updated statutory guidance soon to be published, Jenny Barksfield offers practical advice and signposts a range of resources

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