Best Practice


The risks of social networking

2 September 2015

Social media has brought a new way of communicating into our schools. It has also brought a risk of us sharing too much. Suzanne O'Connell seeks expert advice for school leaders


The College of Teaching takes shape

2 September 2015

The development of the College of Teaching continues apace, with a fundraising campaign planned and the process of appointing trustees underway. Fiona Aubrey-Smith looks at some of the key questions being asked


Case study: Engaging pupils in programming

25 August 2015

Computing science teacher Chris Aitken uses various approaches to engage his students in technology, including the Apps for Good programme. He offers his advice on ways in which schools can revitalise their programming curriculum



Supporting language teachers

24 August 2015

Scotland's National Centre for Languages works to develop and improve the learning and teaching of languages. Petra McLay describes some of the support on offer to teachers and schools




Taking a risk with... Plenaries

4 July 2015

In the final part of her series on risk-taking in the classroom, Nadine Pittam discusses pushing the boundaries when it comes to your plenaries and learning consolidation


Detecting fraud: Advice for governors

3 July 2015

Following the jailing of an academy’s head of finance for diverting school money into her own bank account, legal expert Helen Otty asks just how liable academy governors are


Maximising the impact of external CPD

3 July 2015

Staff and schools need to engage with external support in the right way if it is going to have a lasting impact on their practice and their students’ outcomes. Sarah Coskeran explains


An end-of-year examinations review

2 July 2015

There are six reasons why every school should review their ‘exams year’. Jugjit Chima explains and offers some further advice


Case study: Autism and Autisan

2 July 2015

Kenny Bryce and Lorraine Dormand from the National Autistic Society explain how they are aiming to transform the employment prospects of students and adults with autism via Autisan Creative Enterprises


NQT Special Edition: June 2015

2 July 2015

SecEd's bi-annual NQT special edition offers eight pages of best practice and advisory articles aimed at supporting NQTs and young teachers. You can now download a free pdf of the articles.


The issue of violence in teenage relationships

2 July 2015

Violence in adolescent relationships is a growing concern for many. Expert Mark Bowles examines the evidence, prevalence, and impact of this kind of violence on young people – and looks at what schools can do to play their part in tackling the problem


Feedback for impact

1 July 2015

Sarah Taylor offers five steps to embedding an effective marking strategy


NQT Special: Supporting pupils with SEND

25 June 2015

Meeting the needs of SEND students is a common stumbling block for new teachers. Jane Friswell introduces a campaign for a larger focus on SEND in teacher training and offers some advice to teachers new to the chalkface


NQT Special: The habits of a great teacher

25 June 2015

What are the traits of excellent teaching that NQTs should be focusing on developing as they embrace the freedoms of year two at the chalkface? Matt Bromley explains


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



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