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Alcohol education: Advice and resources

16 November 2016

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, the charity Drinkaware has provided resources to help schools tackle the dangers of alcohol during PSHE sessions. Expert Lesley de Meza offers some advice


Extra-curricular activities: Just for fun?

16 November 2016

Has our culture of academic achievement at all costs begun to infect even the extra-curricular and hobby pursuits of our young people? Dr Pooky Knightsmith underlines the importance of doing things ‘just for fun’


Behaviour: Is there another way?

16 November 2016

Increasingly seen as a more constructive and effective alternative to traditional behaviour management, restorative justice is gaining traction in education. Ian Curry explains how and why his school has embraced the approach


Research at the heart of education

16 November 2016

SecEd is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how the Research Mark and related resources can help schools on their journey


Character education: Environment, empathy and failure

16 November 2016

What has your school’s response to the character agenda been? Dr Morgan Phillips offers a broad discussion about what character is, the challenges for schools in ‘teaching’ it, and the importance of environment, empathy and failure


Key stage 3: Effective use of the Pupil Premium

9 November 2016

Continuing his focus on key stage 3, Matt Bromley considers how the Pupil Premium can be used to maximise progress during these crucial years, what Ofsted inspectors expect to see in this context, and some self-evaluation questions


Ideas for teaching critical thinking

9 November 2016

We all agree that critical thinking is essential for today’s young people – but just how do you teach these crucial skills? John Dabell advises



Character education: Teaching them curiosity

9 November 2016

Curiosity is a difficult skill to teach and perhaps harder still to harness and direct. Our resident character education expert, Matt Bawden, explores the nature and use of curiosity in education


The rise of depression in our young people

9 November 2016

Research suggests that we are more depressed than ever – with our young people particularly affected. Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses why this might be and offers some advice for schools



Extra-curricular: The fall and rise of enrichment

9 November 2016

In tough economic times, enrichment is often one of the first things to go, but schools ditch these activities at their peril, warns Paul Gammans. He considers what an effective enrichment programme should entail and argues why teachers should be given the time to get involved


School governors: Finding the right skill-set

9 November 2016

There are a number of initiatives out there to help schools source governors from the world of business to boost the skill-set of their governing bodies. David Rowsell explains


A solution to the teacher shortage in mathematics

9 November 2016

With the shortage in maths teachers starting to bite, one academy trust has come up with its own innovative solution to ensuring a steady supply of maths specialists. Tarun Kapur explains


Five keys to a successful Ofsted inspection

2 November 2016

Headteacher Nigel Whittle has extensive, first-hand experience of making sure Ofsted inspections go well and understands how you can get your key messages across to inspectors. He offers five practical tips to help you with your inspection


Retention: How to keep hold of your teachers

2 November 2016

New research into retention has uncovered some of the reasons why teachers quit the profession as well as those vital ‘protective factors’ that can help a school to retain, engage and motivate their teachers. Researcher Sarah Lynch takes a look


Creating a positive climate for learning

2 November 2016

What approach does your school take to inclusion and supporting all children to achieve? Leora Cruddas looks at some key tenets to help you reflect on your current provision


Key stage 3: Assessment

2 November 2016

All this term, Matt Bromley is focusing on practice and pedagogy in the key stage 3 classroom. He now turns his focus to assessment, including data management, closing the gaps and life after levels in years 7, 8 and 9


The changing role of SENCO

2 November 2016

Schools are finding it hard to recruit successful SENCOs. Daniel Sobel believes this is down to the changing requirements of this broad and vital position. He looks at the modern SENCO role


PSHE: Tackling teenage relationship abuse

2 November 2016

?Karen Sullivan continues her focus on violence in teen relationships with a look at the hard facts of abusive relationships, the impact on young women, and what we might be able to do about it in schools


Middle leadership: The importance of reflection

2 November 2016

As a middle leader, Jamie O’Keefe relies heavily on reflection to maximise his performance. He urges us all to take that step back now and again and offers key questions to help


Supporting the next generation of leaders

2 November 2016

The charities Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders are joining forces later this month to continue together their work to support and develop middle and senior leaders working in schools in challenging circumstances. James Toop explains


Getting your SEN Information Report right

12 October 2016

Schools are required to present a wealth of information on their websites and key among this is the SEN Information Report. Inclusion and SEN expert Garry Freeman advises


Pedagogy: Video killed the teaching star

12 October 2016

The use of film and video clips in the classroom is common, but Paul Gammans believes it is often done without justification, adding nothing to learning outcomes and switching pupils off learning. He presents his arguments and then offers some practical advice for how film might be better used by ...


SEN: Teaching pupils with sensory difficulties

12 October 2016

Teaching children with autism sensory difficulties can provide specific challenges for classroom teachers. Kristina Symons breaks down some of the most common sensory barriers that these pupils can face

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