Best Practice


NQT Special: Don’t Change the Light Bulbs

27 November 2014

A new book has brought together a wealth of teaching guidance and tips. Emma Lee-Potter looks at some of the advice for NQTs and speaks to its curator about how new teachers can thrive during their first year.



Tackling LGBT prejudice

27 November 2014

Corelli College is a Stonewall Champion school and has worked hard to tackle homophobia and prejudice. Sharron Humphrey offers her advice to other schools.





Case study: Effective inclusion

20 November 2014

Continuing our focus on Nasen’s Outstanding Schools, we hear from the staff of Swanwick Hall School, which has not excluded a child for four years, about their whole-school, inclusive approach to supporting learners.


ADHD and the new SEN Code

20 November 2014

The new SEN Code of Practice has wide-ranging implications, but what does it mean for children with ADHD? Dr Tony Lloyd explains.


Hurdling the attainment gap

20 November 2014

With a look at the key role that physical exercise can play. Karen Sullivan continues her focus on strategies to help you close the attainment gap.


CPD: Knowing versus doing

20 November 2014

SecEd’s resident CPD expert Phil Parker suggests using e-authoring software for procedural CPD, thus freeing up more time to address learning and teaching topics.


Pupil researchers: Flipping the script

20 November 2014

The pupil researchers at All Saints School observe and feedback to beginner teachers with their views on teaching and learning. Danni Almond explains how the programme has benefited the school.


Ideas for STEM projects and activities

20 November 2014

Birches Head Academy prizes its focus on STEM education, including its role as a lead school with the Computing at School initiative, supporting delivery of the computing curriculum. Sarah Williams discusses some of their activities.


How can you earn your staff’s respect as a new headteacher?

20 November 2014

A distinct challenge of early headship, especially in schools requiring improvement, is winning the respect and loyalty of your colleagues. Nick Bannister asks a group of headteachers to share their staff management and leadership advice.



What makes an inspiring teacher?

13 November 2014

A research project has observed a group of teachers identified by their school leaders as ‘inspirational’ in a bid to discover what it is that makes an inspiring teacher. Tony McAleavy looks at some of the common traits that emerged.


Three case studies of research-engaged schools

13 November 2014

Research is now seen as a vital part of CPD and school improvement. Caroline Fisher talks to three schools to see how they have been involved in research and what it has meant for them.


Academies: Conflicts of interest

13 November 2014

In light of two damning reports looking into conflicts of interest within academies, legal expert Tom Wainwright warns of the importance of having clear policies to prevent conflicts arising.




Managing ICT: wireless challenges

13 November 2014

Wireless networks are now essential to the day-to-day operation of schools. Gill Tica looks at the challenges schools face in setting up a robust wireless network and offers some advice on getting your network right.


Some thoughts on technology integration

13 November 2014

Technology for technology’s sake is never a good idea. Headteacher Anne Pontifex considers the integration of technology in schools and details some of the ways her staff and students use it.


Has your CPD had an impact?

6 November 2014

Ensuring your CPD strategies are effective and make a difference is vital. Sarah Coskeran offers some practical advice for evaluating the impact of three common types of CPD.


Discussing body confidence with students

6 November 2014

Body confidence begins with education and schools can play a crucial role. Dr Mary Bousted introduces the Be Real campaign, while Natasha Devon offers some tips for teachers.


Inspired by the 18th century Lunar Men

6 November 2014

The story of the Lunar Men of 18th century England has provided the inspiration for a new education charity seeking to drive change and transformation. Jim Wynn explains.


Tackling bullying: Knowledge is power

6 November 2014

Information – both about national trends and about what is happening in your own school – is a powerful weapon in the fight against bullying. Dorothy Lepkowska explains.

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