Best Practice


Delivering the duty on ‘British values’

22 January 2015

The government’s focus on ‘British values’ means that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is firmly back on the map. Phil Parker warns against this being a tick-box exercise.


Can you spot a stranger on the net?

22 January 2015

Young people struggle to correctly identify exactly who they are talking to online, research has found. Professor Corinne May-Chahal looks at why this is.


Effective Holocaust education

22 January 2015

Evidence shows just how difficult it is to teach the Holocaust effectively. Paul Salmons and Stuart Foster explain why a research-informed approach will help students to tackle the profound questions that this traumatic subject raises.


Case study: Some outstanding advice

22 January 2015

Lampton School operates in difficult circumstances but has recently received another ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. With a focus on data, assistant headteacher Alex Leggett explains how the school has done it.




Video-conferencing ideas

15 January 2015

Video-conferencing technology is available in many schools, but how can you make the best use of them? James Campanini offers 10 ideas.


Make your school meals count

15 January 2015

The government wants more pupils to opt for school meals. Jeremy Boardman from the Children’s Food Trust looks at the strategies secondary schools can use to increase take-up.


Ideas for Safer Internet Day 2015

15 January 2015

Hundreds of schools and thousands of students are expected to take part in activities around Safer Internet Day 2015. Laura Jennings previews the event.


Raising the profile of your exams officer

15 January 2015

Your exams officer is one of the most important members of your whole-school team. Jugjit Chima discusses how you can raise the profile of your exams officer across the school.



Demonstrating Pupil Premium impact

15 January 2015

Inclusion and Pupil Premium expert Daniel Sobel offers some incredibly simple – yet effective – steps to help you think about and demonstrate the impact that your Pupil Premium spending is having.


Leading a CPD session

8 January 2015

It is common for teachers to be asked to lead CPD workshops with colleagues. Sarah Coskeran advises on how you can prepare, deliver and follow-up your CPD to ensure it is effective.


Developing skills: The magic of myelin

8 January 2015

Each time we practise a skill, a new layer of myelin is added to our neurones, helping us to retain and improve new knowledge and skills. It means that deep practice is crucial to our development. Matt Bromley explains.


NEETs: Prevention is better than cure

8 January 2015

What is the best way to support students who, for none of the obvious reasons, seem to be switching off from school? Sarah Fleming shares some promising findings from on-going research.


Resolving examination clashes

8 January 2015

The move to linear examinations has a number of implications for exams officers, not least scheduling clashes between the wide number of different examinations. Jugjit Chima offers some advice.


Taking the step up to the SLT

8 January 2015

SecEd is a supporter of the Future Leaders programme. Here, Jessica West details her journey from middle to senior leadership via the initiative and discusses some of the challenges she has faced along the way.



Education Innovation 2015

5 January 2015

The Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition takes place once again this February. Lucy Dixon takes a look at what is on offer this year.


Selection at 11 – a very English debate

4 December 2014

The public debate over academic selection at 11 has once again ignited. Professor Chris Husbands wonders why, when all the evidence argues against this approach to education.


Making time for our mental health

4 December 2014

Thousands of teenagers took part in last month’s Make Time in November mental health campaign, supported by SecEd. We look at how one school worked with students and how the national campaign is to develop from here.


The SEN Code of Practice explained

4 December 2014

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes.


Are you heading to Bett 2015?

4 December 2014

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide is out, offering 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event.


Growth Mindset: Changing your culture

4 December 2014

The work to adopt growth mindset strategies and approaches at Hanham Woods Academy continues. Surface cultures have changed, and the focus is now on deep culture change. Rebecca Tushingham explains.


Case study: Simplifying data use

4 December 2014

Matthew Stevenson has transformed the way his school presents data through the creation of the ‘Scorecard’. He outlines the key principles behind his approach.

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