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Stocking emergency inhalers in school

7 October 2015

A year ago, the law changed to allow schools to buy emergency inhalers without prescription. However, anecdotal evidence gathered by the British Journal of School Nursing and SecEd shows that some schools are unaware of the changes or have encountered challenges in implementation. Caroline Voogd ...




Difficult conversations with parents

7 October 2015

Sonia Gill outlines two common difficult conversations with parents and three common mistakes that can hinder teachers when trying to resolve sensitive issues


STEM: Smashing the glass ceiling

30 September 2015

With relatively few women working within the STEM fields in the UK, how can schools help to smash the glass ceiling in these subjects? Yvonne Baker offers some advice and signposts some resources and projects to help


ETAG: Eight months and still waiting...

30 September 2015

The government-appointed Education and Technology Action Group (ETAG) published its recommendations in January. Eight months on and there has still been no response from ministers. Bob Harrison explains


Case study: Reducing lateness to lessons

30 September 2015

When Marple Hall School reviewed lateness levels, they found 883 hours of teaching had been missed in one year due to students not arriving in class on time. Rhian Davies explains how they tackled this


Specific language impairments

30 September 2015

Specific language impairments can often be lost within the broad category of speech and language needs. Jules Clarke explains


Transferring learning into new contexts: Part 1

30 September 2015

The ability to transfer and apply learning and skills between different contexts is a key part of an effective education, says Matt Bromley. In the first of two articles, he offers advice on how to teach this ability



Supporting pupils with Type 1 diabetes

30 September 2015

Type 1 diabetes affects more than 30,000 children and there are clear legal duties regarding the support schools have to offer. Libby Dowling advises


Pedagogy: The SOLO taxonomy and constructive alignment

23 September 2015

The SOLO taxonomy helps to map levels of student understanding, while constructive alignment is a principle used for devising teaching and learning activities. Matt Bromley explains their application in the classroom


The DNA of an effective school

23 September 2015

Ofsted guidelines change constantly, and while they do give schools something to focus on, research has shown that effectiveness comes from a set of fundamental principles that improve outcomes in all areas. Liam Donnison explains


#WomenEd: Connecting female leaders in education

23 September 2015

#WomenEd – the movement to challenge gender inequality in school leadership – is gaining momentum ahead of its first official ‘unconference’ on October 3. Co-founder Hannah Wilson recaps the debate that has brought us here and previews the event



The impact of violence and terrorism on pupils

23 September 2015

Images of death and violence are commonly relayed by the media and can have long-lasting effects on young people. Dr Stephanie Thornton gives an overview of the possible impact, suggestions on reducing fear and anxiety, and some signs to look out for




Into Film Festival 2015

23 September 2015

The annual Into Film Festival takes place from November 4 to 20, with a host of screenings, workshops and resources available for secondary students. Sam Wilson previews the event


CPD and steaks – making chefs, not cooks

16 September 2015

David Weston would love to be better at cooking – so how would one improve one’s skills in the kitchen? And what parallels can be drawn with teachers’ CPD?


Quality and Equity – SSAT National Conference 2015

16 September 2015

The SSAT National Conference 2015 – Quality and Equity – focuses on three core themes: Closing the Gaps, Raising the Bar, and Leading Learning. SecEd's preview supplement is out now, looking at the key issues, debates and sessions that will be taking place at the event


Meeting the challenges of ADHD

16 September 2015

Children who suffer with ADHD face daily challenges during their school life. Daniel Sobel discusses how teachers and teaching assistants can best support these pupils


Fundraising: Proving your project is needed

16 September 2015

When looking to secure funding for your school, a key challenge is successfully arguing a need for your project and deciding who should lead your grant fundraising efforts. John Ellery offers his advice


Exams, Access Arrangements and assistive technology

16 September 2015

Access Arrangements and assistive technology can offer crucial support for many students, but a narrow view of just who these processes are for is causing problems. Andrew Harland explains


Tips for discussing child sexual exploitation

16 September 2015

Child sexual exploitation is a key challenge for schools. Caroline Bridges provides some practical advice on how we can discuss the issues around this sensitive topic with pupils

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