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NQT Special: Preparing for year 2

25 June 2015

SecEd’s NQT diarist last year was Sarah Viccars. Now coming to the end of her second year of teaching, she offers some advice on how current NQTs can prepare for September


NQT Special: Survive and thrive as a new teacher

25 June 2015

The first few years as a teacher are often the most challenging, especially as you head from your NQT year into year two. Julian Stanley offers some advice to help you safeguard your health, wellbeing and love for the job


NQT Special: Six steps to effective professional development

25 June 2015

Teaching is most fun when you are constantly developing and improving. Now that you are nearing the end of your NQT year you will be thinking about next steps. Here are six ideas to keep you developing effectively over the coming year.


Creating a new teaching team

25 June 2015

School leader Natasha Boyce discusses how a focus on writing skills and active learning is helping to transform her school’s humanities department and create an effective teaching team


NQT Special: So, what are you good at?

25 June 2015

As a new teacher you will be starting to think about your skills and talents and where they might take your teaching career. Margaret Adams advises


NQT Special: Sun, summer and selfies

25 June 2015

After finishing what is one of the hardest years in teaching – your NQT year – it is vital that you take a proper break this summer. Margaret Adams advises how




Investigating volatility in exam results

18 June 2015

Last month, SecEd reported on research showing just how volatile a school’s exam results can be from year-to-year. It has led to calls for schools to be judged on a rolling basis across five years of results. Tim Oates explains


Are your pupils #UpForSchool?

18 June 2015

The World at School global education movement has launched its #UpForSchool campaign, including a free teaching pack to help tackle a range of related issues in the classroom. Catherine Nyman explains


Flipped classroom: A culture change

18 June 2015

Rob Eastment advocates the flipped classroom approach to homework, but says that five wholesale changes need to take place in UK education in order to make the most of the revolution


Narrowing the gender gap: STEM

18 June 2015

In the third and final part of his series on the gender gaps in educational outcomes, Matt Bromley asks why boys outperform girls in maths and science and looks at how we can close the gap



Developing students' common sense

18 June 2015

Do you teach your students ‘how’ to think? Karen Sullivan discusses some techniques for instilling common sense and critical-thinking skills


Design Ventura: A real-life design challenge

18 June 2015

The Design Ventura challenge pushes students to their limits and provides a year-long project to inspire design and technology teaching. Teacher Sophie Tomlins explains more


Ideas for developing students' cultural capital

18 June 2015

A trip to Eton as part of the Future Leaders programme challenged Kate Chhatwal’s preconceptions. She considers what the state sector can and is replicating from the privileged world of Eton



Smooth transitions for SEN pupils

11 June 2015

Transition points in school life can be difficult, especially for pupils with SEN. Dr Nicola Davies reports on a recent seminar focusing on solutions to this challengeFor many children, especially those with special needs, the switch to high school is a time fraught with tension.


Working with your governors

11 June 2015

The effectiveness of governing bodies is now strongly linked to school improvement and successful inspection outcomes. Harry James considers some of the basics of strong relationships between leadership and governors


The key tenets to successful whole-school CPD

11 June 2015

A review of international research into effective professional development has set out a number of common approaches to structure and content that make CPD successful. Sarah Coskeran explains


A Bring Your Own Device checklist

11 June 2015

Ballard School has embraced the Bring Your Own Device approach to teaching the mobile generation. ICT manager David Horton offers his advice on adopting BYOD


Are you ready for sports day?

11 June 2015

When preparing for sports day, there are eight key aspects that schools must consider. Marianne Pope explains


How school inspection has to change

11 June 2015

When evidence shows the need for inspection to evolve, Ofsted is always too slow to act. Dr Mary Bousted explains how Ofsted must change to meet the needs of today's education system


Narrowing the gender gap: Literacy

11 June 2015

Continuing our focus on the gender gaps in educational outcomes, Matt Bromley asks why boys often underperform in reading and writing when compared to girls – and considers what schools can do to close this gender gap


Organising a summer school

11 June 2015

Summer schools can help to ease the anxiety of transition for year 6 pupils. Headteacher Les Rippon advises on how to prepare and run an effective summer school

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