Best Practice


EAL: Working with new arrivals

12 September 2018

This September, many secondary schools will have new arrivals from abroad who have English as an additional language. Continuing our series on EAL, Dr Ruth Wilson gives some practical advice for you and your schools in meeting the needs of this diverse group of learners


PSHE: Preparing for RSE and health education

12 September 2018

Government commitments to RSE and health education will help schools prioritise PSHE and build on what they are already doing well. Jenny Barksfield advises on getting PSHE ready for these new mandatory subjects


Curriculum design and delivery (part 2)

12 September 2018

Continuing his seven-part series, Matt Bromley looks at key questions to ask when creating your curriculum vision and explores Ofsted’s view of what makes an effective school curriculum (and some common weaknesses)


Keeping Children Safe in Education

12 September 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education, the statutory safeguarding guidance for schools, has been updated. Chris Parr looks at some of the key changes and requirements for schools


Wellbeing: Faulty thinking patterns

12 September 2018

Faulty thinking patterns can present a real threat to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at recognising and responding to these ‘cognitive distortions’



Engaging your reluctant readers

12 September 2018

Engaging reluctant and struggling readers is a clear challenge for every school. Ahead of a workshop focused on this issue, Angela Fuggle from the literacy charity Beanstalk offers some practical tips


Getting back into the swing of things

12 September 2018

Going back to school after the summer can sometimes be just as tough for the teachers as for the students. Julian Stanley offers some advice


Computing: Closing the gender gap

12 September 2018

One of the keys to making computer science a success is to close the stark gender gap. Dave Gibbs looks at how we can get more girls to consider the subject



Curriculum design and delivery (Part 1)

5 September 2018

In a new seven-part series, Matt Bromley will look at the central tenets of an effective curriculum and how to design and deliver this. He begins with a general discussion about what a good curriculum should look like


Attachment-aware schools

5 September 2018

Attachment-aware and trauma-informed practice can help to support some of the most vulnerable pupils in our schools, including those who are looked after. Virtual school head Darren Martindale advises


CPD workshop: Leading your team effectively

5 September 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at developing the skills and knowledge of those new to middle leadership


How to have a difficult conversation

5 September 2018

Difficult conversations are a frequent reality for many school leaders – whether they be with parents, teachers or middle leaders. John Rutter advises on handling these situations


Are free schools achieving their aims?

5 September 2018

The free school programme is a flagship policy of the Conservative government, but eight years on has it achieved its stated policy aims? Jennifer Garry reports on new research into the free school project


The Into Film Festival 2018

5 September 2018

This year’s Into Film Festival takes place from November 7 to 23 and schools can already book their free places. Sam Wilson introduces this year’s programme


Statutory RSE & health education

5 September 2018

The government has finally published its draft guidance for the new subjects of relationships and sex education and health education. Lucy Emmerson looks at how we can prepare


Tes SEN Show: A focus on SEMH

5 September 2018

The Tes SEN Show takes place on October 5 and 6 and will focus on issues relating to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Head of content and chair of this year’s keynote panel discussion, Beverley Walters, looks at the CPD and seminars on offer


The parental view of Scottish education

30 August 2018

A new parental involvement action plan hopes to better involve families in school life. Sam Phipps talks to the National Parent Forum of Scotland about the plan and its other priorities for parents and education


STEM inspiration from TeenTech

30 August 2018

With a new term underway, Maggie Philbin, co-founder of TeenTech, and teacher Margaret Craw explain how the TeenTech Awards are helping schools to change attitudes to science, engineering and technology


Scottish Learning Festival 2018

30 August 2018

The theme of this year’s Scottish Learning Festival is ‘collaborating for improvement’, with the usual range of CPD, seminars and exhibitors on show at next month’s event in Glasgow


Poetic inspiration for new teachers

30 August 2018

To Learn the Future – an anthology of poetry aimed at new teachers – is hoping to inspire and support those at the beginning of their careers. Sam Phipps explains



Learning the risks of porn

4 July 2018

Teenagers are increasingly getting addicted to internet pornography, with dire effects in and out of the classroom. An Edinburgh-based charity is tackling the issue with pilot lessons in four secondaries. Sam Phipps explains


LGBT: Your FAQs answered

4 July 2018

There are a range of LGBT issues and considerations in schools, and teachers may sometimes be unsure or concerned about how best to respond. Adele Bates answers some FAQs...

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