Best Practice


Flipped learning and ebooks at Shireland

22 May 2014

Shireland Collegiate Academy is well-known for having embraced flipped learning across the school. Alan Hodgin considers how the use of ebooks has supported this approach.


Considerations on performance-related pay

22 May 2014

The first pay awards under performance-related pay will take place in September. Ben Solly looks at some recent research into this approach, and identifies what schools need to consider before making their first decisions.


Ensuring safeguarding compliance

22 May 2014

Schools contract out services to external organisations all the time. Legal expert Nicholas Barker looks at what must be done to ensure these providers are compliant with safeguarding laws.


Coaching strategies for school improvement

22 May 2014

When he was asked to lead improvements within his school’s humanities faculty, senior leader Michael Burns used a strategy of coaching to help staff develop their teaching practice and raise student achievement.


Are they prepared for uni?

22 May 2014

Much is said about a school’s role in preparing students for the trials of university life. We asked first year university student Jess Elliott to consider how well prepared she was by her school experience.




Keeping your school’s ICT strategy in the air

15 May 2014

To start with technology and ignore the learning landscape is to invite disaster. Alistair Smith looks at some key aspects to consider to ensure that your ICT strategy is future-proof.


More implications of Progress 8 for schools

15 May 2014

In his third article on the implications of the move to Progress 8, school leader Ben Solly identifies some key curriculum decisions that schools must be taking in order to be prepared.



Getting a grip on data

15 May 2014

With levels disappearing and performance benchmarks changing, data is becoming ever more vital to school leaders. Paul Grubb looks at using data as a tool for long-term school improvement.


The rise of the ‘sext’

15 May 2014

Sex-related messaging among teens is increasingly common, with three in five reporting that they have been asked to send indecent images of themselves. Hannah Crown looks how schools can best handle the rise of the ‘sext’.


Improving the progress of SEND pupils

15 May 2014

Charged with improving the progress being made by SEND students in her school’s English department, middle leader Caroline Dutton describes some of the strategies her team is employing.


How can you find the perfect school?

15 May 2014

It is the time of year when many trainee teachers across the country are searching for that elusive teaching post for September. Margaret Adams offers some advice on how to choose your first school.


Computing curriculum: Supporting Generation Y

8 May 2014

With a new computing curriculum arriving in September, Debbie Forster from Apps for Good argues that a hands-on and real-life problem-solving approach to coding is the secret to engaging students. She offers some advice and a few ideas.


A language toolkit

8 May 2014

In Coventry, a three-stage model has been introduced to support learners with speech, language and communication needs. Sandi McKinnon explains.


Industrial cadets

8 May 2014

Backed by the Prince of Wales, the Industrial Cadets scheme gives students an insight into the range of careers found in UK industry. Penny Tysoe explains.


Teaching strategies to create 'growth' mindsets

8 May 2014

Research has busted the myth that intelligence is fixed and cannot be changed and has put forward a new approach – the growth mindset. Matt Bromley considers how teachers can develop a ‘growth mindset’ culture in their classroom.


First aid in schools

8 May 2014

Jess Hubbard from St John Ambulance offers advice to schools that would like to offer first aid teaching for their pupils.


Progress 8: Accounting for every child

8 May 2014

As we prepare for the introduction of Progress 8, school leader Ben Solly reminds us of the inequalities of the current accountability regime and looks at why this change is long overdue.


The reasons behind the decline in languages at A level

8 May 2014

The latest Languages Trends study has revealed yet further decline in language learning, with specific concerns about post-16 study. Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley consider some of the reasons behind the continuing problems.


What is good governance?

8 May 2014

There has been much government rhetoric about stronger governance, but has this translated into practice on the ground? Fergal Roche outlines his vision of an effective and challenging governing body.


The benefits of mental wellbeing

1 May 2014

Today’s teenagers are growing up in challenging times and the incoming chief executive of children’s mental health charity Place2Be, Catherine Roche, says that their mental wellbeing is critical to all our futures.


The implications of Attachment Theory for schools

1 May 2014

A new programme to raise awareness of the practical implications of attachment issues in schools has published a set of training materials for teachers, school leaders and governors. Dr Janet Rose and Richard Parker explain.


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