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Are you ready for life after levels?

3 July 2014

How is your school approaching life after national curriculum levels? As a new pamphlet offering advice is published, Tom Middlehurst asks the question


Youth justice and the role of schools

3 July 2014

What does youth justice have to do with schools? After a major report highlights serious issues within the youth courts system, Dr Hilary Emery looks at the role of schools and education.


A focus on attendance

3 July 2014

Ofsted’s report into the plight of England’s ‘unseen children’ raised the issue of deprivation in seaside towns. Jane Bailey, a principal in Blackpool, discusses how a focus on attendance is making a difference.


NQT Special: Best laid (lesson) plans

26 June 2014

The first thing many NQTs tackle at the end of their year is a review of their schemes of work and lesson plans in readiness for September. Matt Bromley offers some expert advice.


NQT Special: Five steps to failure!

26 June 2014

School leaders Sean Harris and Ben Ryder explain the five steps NQTs should definitely avoid if they want to have an impact beyond their NQT year!


NQT Special: Protecting the rights of NQTs

26 June 2014

As a new cohort of trainee teachers prepares to start their NQT year in September, NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates explains the rights and entitlements that they should be receiving from their schools.


NQT Special: Lessons from the second year

26 June 2014

SecEd’s NQT diarist from last year is now nearing the end of her second year of teaching. We asked her to pass on to the nation’s NQTs the lessons she has learnt this year.


Stamping out LGBT prejudice in schools

26 June 2014

Recent research has revealed the concerns of teachers about tackling the topic of same-sex marriage and also the discrimination faced by many LGBT staff in schools. Jo Morgan describes what her school does to stamp out prejudice.


Genes, ‘intelligence’ and our education

26 June 2014

In the fourth and final article of her series on the teenage brain and how it affects education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses the implications of what we know about ‘intelligence’.


Managing and leading in-school research

26 June 2014

Co-ordinating research engagement on behalf of your school is a sizable responsibility – motivating staff, co-ordinating efforts, finding resources and proving impact. We speak to Sue Hunt about her school’s approach.


NQT Special: Get a grip on workload

26 June 2014

Year two brings with it more freedom, but more responsibility to manage your growing workload. Dorothy Lepkowska seeks some advice.



NQT Special: Do you know how and when to say no?

26 June 2014

Both NQTs and more experienced teachers can often find it difficult to say no. Julian Stanley explores how teachers can turn down additional requests on their time in a professional manner.




Eight key skills to embed in the curriculum

19 June 2014

The recent Learning Curve report identified eight skills that are crucial to young people’s future success. Phil Parker argues that all eight must be embedded across the curriculum.


Seven Pupil Premium challenges for secondary schools

19 June 2014

What are the main Pupil Premium difficulties faced by secondary schools? Catherine Stevens from the Challenge the Gap initiative outlines seven key challenges to effective Pupil Premium strategies and offers some solutions and advice.


Diabetes in schools

19 June 2014

From September, schools are legally obliged to support children with medical conditions. Libby Dowling looks at what this means for children with one of the more common conditions – diabetes.


Governors driving STEM

19 June 2014

With the national focus on encouraging take-up of STEM subjects, Ellie Howarth reports on a framework of questions that has been compiled to help governors drive forward this important agenda.


Examinations and Ramadan

19 June 2014

For the next five years, Ramadan is to clash with the examination season. Legal expert Clare Young looks at how schools can manage students and staff who will be fasting during this period.


Teenage risk-taking and the role of teachers

19 June 2014

Continuing her series on the changing teenage brain and how it affects their education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses teenage risk-taking and poses some questions for teachers.


Meeting your e-safety duty

19 June 2014

Expert Hilary Wright offers advice on meeting Ofsted expectations for developing an effective e-safety strategy in your school.


Using data effectively

19 June 2014

Using data more intelligently is no longer an optional extra for secondary schools. Paul Charman from FFT gives examples of how some of their schools are using data effectively.


Lesson observations: To grade or not to grade...

12 June 2014

With Ofsted having told its inspectors to end the practice of graded lesson observations, surely school leaders should follow suit? Matt Bromley looks at how lesson observations need to change.


What is the purpose of education?

12 June 2014

Confused by the conflicting messages we receive about both the state and the purpose of our education system? Perhaps it is time to go back to first principles to find some clarity, argues Dr Newman Burdett.

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