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Assessment: The feedback conundrum

31 January 2018

Achieving a whole-school marking policy that satisfies students, parents and teachers might just be impossible. Dr Bernard Trafford instead urges a focus on some simple tenets of good feedback...

Mental health: Three schools, three strategies

31 January 2018

Three of the schools where Phil Denton has worked have had innovative and effective approaches to supporting good student attitudes, wellbeing and mental health. He explains more

Bridging the communication gap in the classroom: Part 2

31 January 2018

In this three-part series, experts Carmen De Pablo López and Marina Breed are advising on speech, language and communication needs. In part two, they explore some strategies to help unlock language and communication

Setting up a successful STEM club

24 January 2018

STEM Club Week takes place in early February. Jo Mitchell looks at the ins and outs of setting up a club and the secrets to making a club popular and successful

CPD workshop: Handling difficult people

24 January 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He will offer a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides available on our website. This instalment looks at handling difficult people

Winning on workload

24 January 2018

The themes of workload, stress and pressure continue in education. Julian Stanley urges us to make 2018 the year of effective change to working practices

Distributed leadership explained

24 January 2018

Exactly what is distributed leadership? And how can it help to raise standards? School leader Ben Solly explains the three secrets to distributed leadership – autonomy, capacity and accountability

Are you ready for GDPR?

24 January 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect on May 25. Steve Baines discusses how schools should be preparing

Leadership & staff retention: A no-blame culture (part 4)

24 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part four, Matt Bromley considers how a no-blame culture is essential to success and what this looks like in practice

Case study: A marking & feedback revolution

17 January 2018

A complete overhaul of the marking policy at Bedminster Down School has reduced workload and raised the quality of student feedback. Assistant head Megan Arnold explains

Talking about disfigurement

17 January 2018

How should we talk about disfigurement in the classroom? Dr Jane Frances and Alexis Camble from the charity Changing Faces offer advice on how to ensure our schools are inclusive

Behaviour and exclusion

17 January 2018

More than half of UK prisoners were excluded from school. In a new series of articles for SecEd, Karen Sullivan considers the exclusion picture in England and looks at possible alternative approaches

LGBT History Month

17 January 2018

LGBT History Month in February is a time to celebrate difference and acceptance in all its forms. Adele Bates considers why we have it and suggests some age-appropriate ideas and resources

A governance skills audit

17 January 2018

The importance of a skills audit in securing the governors that your school needs should not be underestimated. Ian Armitage advises

Teaching: What I wish I knew back then...

10 January 2018

With the joy of hindsight from his years at the chalkface and as a school leader, how would Fergal Roche start again as a teacher if he could use the knowledge he has today?

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