Best Practice


Three case studies of research-engaged schools

13 November 2014

Research is now seen as a vital part of CPD and school improvement. Caroline Fisher talks to three schools to see how they have been involved in research and what it has meant for them.


Academies: Conflicts of interest

13 November 2014

In light of two damning reports looking into conflicts of interest within academies, legal expert Tom Wainwright warns of the importance of having clear policies to prevent conflicts arising.




Managing ICT: wireless challenges

13 November 2014

Wireless networks are now essential to the day-to-day operation of schools. Gill Tica looks at the challenges schools face in setting up a robust wireless network and offers some advice on getting your network right.


Some thoughts on technology integration

13 November 2014

Technology for technology’s sake is never a good idea. Headteacher Anne Pontifex considers the integration of technology in schools and details some of the ways her staff and students use it.


Has your CPD had an impact?

6 November 2014

Ensuring your CPD strategies are effective and make a difference is vital. Sarah Coskeran offers some practical advice for evaluating the impact of three common types of CPD.


Discussing body confidence with students

6 November 2014

Body confidence begins with education and schools can play a crucial role. Dr Mary Bousted introduces the Be Real campaign, while Natasha Devon offers some tips for teachers.


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.

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