Best Practice


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.


Performance pay: Searching for the jetpack…

6 November 2014

Is it not futile to reward or penalise teachers for their performance, when much of what they achieve is dictated by the system in which they work? Gerald Haigh poses some tough questions.


First World War Centenary: Lest we forget

6 November 2014

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is helping students to develop a deeper understanding of the Great War. As Remembrance Day approaches, Emma Lee-Potter accompanied students on a recent trip.


Two technology innovations

6 November 2014

The development of real-time captioning in lessons and trials of how to use the popular Khan Academy resource are two current focuses for charity Nesta. Oliver Quinlan and Isabel Newman explain.


Future technology trends

6 November 2014

We asked industry expert Martin McKay to give us six worldwide trends that we can expect to see more of in the UK education sector.


The foundations of effective teaching

16 October 2014

Resident teaching expert Matt Bromley continues his series of articles offering classroom management and pedagogy advice with a focus on some of the basics that ensure successful lessons.



Guide To: Effective middle leadership

16 October 2014

SecEd's latest Guide To focuses on the skills and knowledge that teachers need to develop in order to become effective middle leaders and is available now for free download.


Case study: Outstanding SEN practice

16 October 2014

Finham Park is a Nasen Outstanding School thanks to its exceptional SEN practice. Here, staff offer their insights into their practice and how they meet the needs of all learners.


Four into one: A middle leadership challenge

16 October 2014

Leading a new faculty bringing together four subjects areas was certainly a challenge for Louise Pleasance. She explains how she gained buy-in from the staff and offers some general advice.


Mental health: You don’t have to be an expert

16 October 2014

SecEd is supporting the Make Time in November mental health campaign. Here, we give some practical advice on using the campaign’s free resources to tackle mental health across your school.


It's time to commit to a 'whole education'

16 October 2014

SecEd is a supporter of the Whole Education Network, which is hosting its 5th national conference next month. David Crossley reflects on why the time is right to commit to an entitlement to a ‘whole education’.


Behaviour in the classroom

16 October 2014

Poor behaviour can hijack your teaching, especially in practical lessons such as science. Getting it right doesn’t have to be difficult. Becca Knowles offers her advice.


Overcoming BYOD risks

16 October 2014

Schools that embrace BYOD must also mitigate the risks of this approach. Industry experts Peter Martini and Allan Bower offer five quick tips.


Make Time this November...

9 October 2014

High numbers of students are missing out on education because of mental illness. SecEd is supporting a new campaign that is urging schools to focus on mental health, tackle prejudice and raise awareness this November.


Addiction among teachers

9 October 2014

What happens when one of your teachers faces a personal problem of addiction? Legal expert Clare Young offers her advice.


Four vital enterprise skills for your students

9 October 2014

Entrepreneurship expert Carly Ward considers the challenge facing schools in preparing students for the modern world of work – and describes the four key entrepreneurship skills that teachers must instil in young people.


Ideas to engage pupils with coding

9 October 2014

With coding a part of the new computing curriculum, we asked some young coders from the Young Rewired State initiative for their advice on how to engage students with code. First, Ruth Nicholls focuses on the challenges ahead.


Wikipedia in the classroom

9 October 2014

Like it or not, Wikipedia is here to stay. Dr Nicola Davies explores current Wikipedia trends and advises how teachers can make Wikipedia work for them without the risk of students becoming reliant on it.


Promoting staff wellbeing

9 October 2014

The ‘head of staff formation and wellbeing’ is not a job title found in many schools. For Tom Caston, however, this role is a vital part of the school structure.


Effective school-to-school support

2 October 2014

Seconded to another school, senior leader Dominique Gobbi was tasked with supporting teaching quality and the development of middle leadership.


Leading overseas expeditions

2 October 2014

Running an overseas expedition as a teacher can be immensely challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. Brett Court discusses the professional benefits of running such trips and offers some advice to others.



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