Best Practice


Narrowing the gender gap: Challenges and solutions

4 June 2015

Why do gender gaps exist across different aspects of education? Is it how our brains are built or society’s attitudes? And what can schools do to close these gaps? In the first of a three-part series, Matt Bromley takes a look at some of the common challenges and possible solutions


Careers advice: A helping hand

4 June 2015

Why is careers guidance in schools so important and how can it be improved? Dawn Baker introduces a new free careers advice hub aimed at learners who want to follow vocational pathways


An idea for using RAG marking

4 June 2015

Having successfully used a ‘starter for 10’ peer-assessment scheme to boost essay-writing skills, Tim Matthews decided to combine it with the popular RAG marking approach


How do parents choose a school?

4 June 2015

What do parents look for and prioritise when it comes to choosing a school for their children? A research project has sought to answer this question. Karen Wespieser reports


Are your pupils cyber-bullying aware?

4 June 2015

New research suggests that many young people simply do not think that cyber-bullying will happen to them. The issue was under discussion at the British Psychological Society annual conference. Psychologist Dr Nicola Davies reports


Turning exam stress into a positive

4 June 2015

Research shows that the way students perceive stress can have a dramatic effect on their performance at exam time. Karen Sullivan explains


Supporting pupil progress in years 7 and 8

4 June 2015

Pupils who progress well in years 7 and 8 are less likely to need intervention later on in their school careers. Chris Reynolds reports on his work to support the attainment of younger pupils



Whole-school mental health strategies

21 May 2015

Safeguarding the mental health of our young people is one of the key challenges facing society today. Daniel Sobel discusses the role of schools in managing mental health issues and offers his practical advice.


The six capabilities for work

21 May 2015

What can schools do to help students to be ‘ready for work’ when they leave? Drawing on recent research, Jenny North offers some advice and discusses the ‘six essential capabilities’ that students need


Teaching key life-skills

21 May 2015

Recent headlines about schools having to meet pupils’ basic needs inspired Karen Sullivan to think of ways we could help to tackle the wider issues


Case study: Approaches to school improvement

21 May 2015

Raising achievement when the odds seem stacked against you can be a daunting task. Mike Adnitt, vice-principal at St Lawrence Academy, reflects on their strategies over the last five years, including introducing ‘achievement team leaders’ and ‘student progress leaders’


Tackling homophobia: Meeting your legal duties

21 May 2015

As yet more research shows the extent of homophobic bullying suffered by students, legal expert Paul Maddock looks at schools’ legal duties and how they can tackle the issue


Is there trust in your school?

21 May 2015

Low trust between teachers and school leaders can lead to toxic cultures in our schools. David Weston discusses possible solutions to this dangerous situation




Character Curriculum: Can you answer the Ruby question?

14 May 2015

We know that education goes beyond exam grades, but still we struggle to answer ‘the Ruby question’. Professor Guy Claxton introduces the seven Cs that we should be prioritising and teaching to our students


Ofsted inspection from September 2015

14 May 2015

Inspection is changing again, with a new Framework due to be published in June. John Viner looks at the key changes and offers some advice for self-assessment


A last-minute exam checklist

14 May 2015

The summer 2015 examinations series is finally underway. Jugjit Chima offers schools a checklist of 10 last-minute preparations to ensure everything runs smoothly


Self-harm: Spotting the signs and knowing how to respond

14 May 2015

Self-harm is an increasing problem among children and young people – and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers advice on spotting the signs and knowing how to respond


NEETs: Strategies for engaging pupils at risk

14 May 2015

Engaging with young people at risk of becoming NEET is a continuing challenge for schools, drawing on lessons from the Sporteducate scheme, Lekan Ojumu offers some insights


SEN Support: Reviewing the register

14 May 2015

Reviewing your school’s SEN register and implementing effective SEN strategy within the classroom is at the heart of the SEN reforms. Expert Alison Wilcox offers some advice



Taking a risk with... your classroom

14 May 2015

Continuing her series on risk-taking in your teaching, Nadine Pittam considers how we can push the boundaries with the structure and set up in your classroom


Strategies for teaching resilience

14 May 2015

The new government trend is for character education, but many schools already deliver it. Newland College, for example, has long prioritised the teaching of key resilience-related skills. Darlene Fisher explains

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