Best Practice


The National Youth Film Festival

3 October 2013

The first National Youth Film Festival kicks off later this month when film screenings, industry workshops and a range of other activities will take place – all with key educational themes. Sam Wilson explains.


The Girls' Network: Supporting disadvantaged girls

3 October 2013

A mentoring scheme for disadvantaged girls has won £10,000 in Teach First’s Innovation Awards. Charlotte Young and Becca Dean discuss why they are targeting these students and offer advice for schools.


The VLE evolution

3 October 2013

Virtual learning environments have evolved in recent years since their mass roll-out under the last government – and so have schools’ demands for what systems must provide. Joseph Mathewson explains.


Traffic: Keeping students safe outside the school gates

3 October 2013

News of an increase in road accidents near to schools hit the headlines earlier this year. Sarah Mir and Tony McLoughlin look at what schools and parents can do to help keep students safe on their way to and from school.


Supporting supply teachers effectively

3 October 2013

When a supply teacher has to cover one of your classes, what can you do to make their life easier and ensure the least possible disruption to your students’ learning. Jo West advises.



Keeping your students active

3 October 2013

New website Sport No Sweat is dedicated to tackling the ‘inactivity’ epidemic among 15 to 18-year-olds and is a useful resource for the classroom. Al Campbell gives us 11 reasons why teens must keep active.


Guide To: Ofsted and the Pupil Premium

26 September 2013

SecEd's new Guide To looks at the latest changes to the accountability regime surrounding the Pupil Premium and the implications for schools. It includes advice on effective Premium strategies and a case study.


Ideas for podcasting in schools

26 September 2013

Making and using podcasts is relatively easy but can have a great impact on many areas of school life and student learning. Angela Youngman takes a look at what’s possible.


Tips to enhance your careers guidance provision

26 September 2013

With the recent criticism of careers guidance in schools, award-winning careers advisor Susan Burke, who runs a free resource for teachers and students, offers her tips on enhancing your careers provision.


Spotting the signs of forced marriage

26 September 2013

A majority of forced marriage victims are young people who are still at school and teachers and school nurses have a key role in helping to spot the warning signs. Carla Thomas offers her advice and signposts some resources.


Make research make a difference in the classroom

26 September 2013

Practitioner-led enquiry is increasingly being seen as crucial to becoming a successful school. SecEd is supporting the new NFER Research Mark that aims to help schools promote teacher research. Graham Handscomb explains.


The teachers who can’t afford to eat or live

26 September 2013

A charity has warned of a ‘growing trend of poverty’ among teachers after it handed out £120,000 of support grants in 10 months. It says that in some cases the money has been for teachers unable to afford accommodation or food. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.


The Amnesty Teacher Programme

26 September 2013

Amnesty International has launched a brand new CPD programme designed to help teachers inspire their students and enliven their lessons by engaging with citizenship education and human rights. Ciara McGuane explains.


Historic claims of abuse

26 September 2013

Following the Jimmy Savile scandal, there has been an increase in the number accusations of historic abuse. Legal experts Michael Pether and Sarah Firth explain the essential steps that schools must take should they receive notification of such a claim.


Ideas for film education

26 September 2013

Jonny Persey argues for the benefits of film-making and film education at secondary school and offers some ideas.


Strategies for spending the Pupil Premium

19 September 2013

Ahead of a conference offering advice on the Pupil Premium, Dorothy Lepkowska talks to some of the speakers who will be discussing how they go about spending this vital funding effectively.


Giving effective student feedback

19 September 2013

Effective student feedback is increasingly being recognised as a key influence on learning and student achievement. Matt Bromley offers some ideas to improve your feedback strategies.



Successful staff appraisals

19 September 2013

With the move to performance-related pay, staff appraisals have become an even more important part of school life. Assistant headteacher Andrew Leigh explains the key elements of a successful appraisal.


What is Student Impact?

19 September 2013

If we are to transform our schooling system then we must truly engage with our students. While student voice or student leadership is common practice, Tom Middlehurst argues that we need to embrace a new concept – Student Impact.


Meet the National Pupil Premium champion

12 September 2013

Respected educationalist Dr John Dunford officially began work this month as the National Pupil Premium Champion. He spoke to Dorothy Lepkowska about his new role and how he will be helping to support effective Pupil Premium practice.


Ideas for using the Raspberry Pi

12 September 2013

Raspberry Jam is a global community of people who work with and develop practice using the Raspberry Pi. Its founder, school principal Alan O’Donohoe, explains why you should consider the credit card-sized computer and how it can best be used in the class



Improving teaching and learning with the Bayesian method

12 September 2013

Matt Bromley does not know the secret to developing outstanding teaching and learning, but the story of the hunt for a lost American submarine in 1968 could hold the key. He introduces the brilliant simplicity of the Bayesian Method.

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