Best Practice


Mental health: Self-harm and suicide

12 March 2015

Probably many more students than you think self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, warns Dr Stephanie Thornton. She offers her advice on recognising the early signs of problems.


EHCPs: Getting out of the SEN maze

12 March 2015

Education, Health and Care Plans are a key part of the new SEN reforms. Legal experts Melinda Nettleton and John Friel tackle some of the myths and outline the responsibilities of both schools and local authorities.


Mental health: Getting students talking

12 March 2015

The Make Time in November mental health campaign got 234,000 students talking about mental health. Here, we explain more about the on-going campaign and celebrate those schools that took part.


Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

12 March 2015

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.


Teaching the General Election

12 March 2015

After five years of coalition government, the forthcoming General Election on May 7 looks set to be a particularly fierce battle. Emma Lee-Potter looks at how schools might tackle the subject in class.



Case study: Enterprise education

12 March 2015

How can schools promote entrepreneurial skills among its students? Fathima Anwari discusses some of the strategies used at Mount Grace School



CPD and your subject

5 March 2015

The more we tell teachers about generic best practice in the classroom, the less they will focus on students’ learning, says David Weston. He argues for a subject-centred approach to CPD.


Tackling homophobia in school

5 March 2015

The 10th annual LGBT History Month has just come to an end. Alex Newton, from charity Stonewall, offers secondary schools some best practice advice for tackling homophobia and celebrating difference.


Ideas for engaging practical science education

5 March 2015

It is the practical approach to science that engages so many students in this important subject. Dr Charlotte Lawson offers some lessons from higher education for how schools can use practical science to both inspire students and prepare them for universi


Mental health and aggression

5 March 2015

Certain mental health conditions can lead to aggressive or violent behaviour in students. In the third of her series on mental health in schools, Dr Stephanie Thornton offers her advice.


BYOD: Staying safe

5 March 2015

With bring your own device firmly in fashion, Ed Macnair offers some tips for ensuring a safe and secure online working environment for students.


Justifying your Pupil Premium spending decisions

26 February 2015

It is essential that schools are able to justify their decisions over how to spend the Pupil Premium when inspectors come calling. Daniel Sobel offers some simple, yet effective approaches.


Case study: The Success Squad

26 February 2015

A project that trains support staff to take on a mentoring role has helped to boost the performance of borderline students in both English and mathematics. Jennifer Kenwright explains.


Research-engaged schools – a self-review tool

26 February 2015

Knowing where to start when creating a research-engaged school is difficult. Getting an understanding of what’s involved and recognising where you are on the journey is crucial. Caroline Fisher advises.


A strategic framework for governors

26 February 2015

Setting the strategic direction of a school is one of the governing body’s core functions, but it can be challenging for some. Ellie Howarth explains the elements of effective strategic governance set out in a new resource.


Twelve apps for education

26 February 2015

Apps are increasingly being used in the secondary classroom. Justin Smith highlights 12 curriculum-aligned apps for key stages 3 and 4.


Reducing your exams budget

26 February 2015

Millions of pounds are spent every year on running examinations. However, Jugjit Chima says it is possible for schools to save money within the exams budget.


Driving school food take-up

26 February 2015

Jo Wild reports on a government-funded project offering support to boost school meal take-up.



The foundations of student achievement

5 February 2015

When students achieve, it is down to logical patterns of cause and effect, says Matt Bromley. He identifies the traits that high-achievers often display and looks at how to encourage effective study skills in our students.


Mental health: Spotting the signs...

5 February 2015

Continuing her series on mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses how teachers and support staff on the frontline can recognise the warning signs of possible mental health issues.


The links between CPD and ITT

5 February 2015

The recommendations of the government-commissioned review of initial teacher training could also apply to schools’ CPD strategies. Bridget Clay explains.


Six crucial careers questions

5 February 2015

How can schools start a meaningful dialogue with students about careers? Jim Carrick-Birtwell lists six questions every student should be asked.

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