Best Practice


GDPR: Support your data protection officer

6 June 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation is now in effect and all schools must have a data protection officer in position. Beth Walton looks at how schools must now support their DPO to carry out their duties effectively


Feedback – The mark of success: Part 5

6 June 2018

In part five of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley focuses on developing an effective school assessment policy



PSHE: Anti-smoking lessons

6 June 2018

Where does smoking fit into your PSHE curriculum? Ian Macdonald offers some pointers and discusses the skills that anti-smoking lessons can foster in pupils


Do you dread Shakespeare lessons?

6 June 2018

Danielle Bumford describes education’s love-hate relationship with teaching Shakespeare and how she has overcome this using the Playing Shakespeare project


Securing funds from businesses

6 June 2018

Continuing his recent series of fundraising advice articles, Brin Best looks at how schools should engage with business – both locally and further afield – in order to raise funds and attract other support


The influence of the smartphone: Part 2

6 June 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In part two of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers what we know about the influence of smartphones on cognition and concentration



Teacher development: Making CPD more effective

23 May 2018

What makes an outstanding teacher? Last year, Helen Webb wrote about her work developing an in-school teacher development programme. She now updates us on this work, the challenges she has encountered and how the programme has evolved


Feedback: The mark of success – Part 4

23 May 2018

In part four of his seven-part series on effective feedback techniques and practices, Matt Bromley continues his research review and focuses on the three questions and four levels of effective feedback


Booking a PSHE speaker? Read this first...

23 May 2018

When used appropriately, external visitors can be an excellent support or enhancement to PSHE. But how can you be sure their input is safe, effective and relevant? Anne Bell advises


The influence of the smartphone: Part 1

23 May 2018

SmartPhones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In a new six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the implications for education and society


When revision can be bad for you

23 May 2018

At exam time, the negative impact of over-studying cannot be over-estimated. Karen Sullivan offers some words of caution to revising students...



Teaching interventions: Pre and over learning

23 May 2018

The one teaching intervention that could most benefit a range of students, including EAL and SEN, is – according to Daniel Sobel – the use of pre-learning and over-learning. He discusses how these concepts can be introduced


Communication and collaboration skills

23 May 2018

Communication and team-work skills are highly sought-after in today’s world. Steve Burnage looks at how schools can develop skills in communication and collaboration, including across the curriculum


Mental health and LGBT+

23 May 2018

The threats to mental health and wellbeing for LGBT+ students are many, varied and clear. Adele Bates highlights some of the challenges and advises schools


Teacher-led, in-school CPD programmes

16 May 2018

Teachers working together in-school to improve their classroom practice is an effective and inexpensive form of CPD. With a focus on the curriculum reforms, Helen Webb discusses her school’s approach


Supporting refugee children in your school

16 May 2018

Refugee children are among the most vulnerable in our schools and can face a range of challenges. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice


CPD workshop: Effective questioning

16 May 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He will offer a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides available on our website. This instalment looks at questioning techniques to support learning and progress


Explaining inattentive ADHD

16 May 2018

The hyperactive version of ADHD is well-known and often spotted, but students with inattentive ADHD frequently go undiagnosed, as Daniel Sobel knows from his own experience


Case study: Removing barriers to learning

16 May 2018

The creation of the Student Progress team at Arena Academy signalled a real focus on underachievement and barriers to learning – from years 7 to 11. James Crawley explains


Nurturing tomorrow’s school leaders

16 May 2018

Good leadership development practice is crucial – both for the education system as a whole and for the retention of teachers. Jason Wing explains his approach



Are you aware of fraud risk?

16 May 2018

Figures suggest that discovered fraud in the schools sector was in the region of £1 million last year. Expert Dave Verma offers eight steps schools can take to lower the risks

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