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School governors: Finding the right skill-set

9 November 2016

There are a number of initiatives out there to help schools source governors from the world of business to boost the skill-set of their governing bodies. David Rowsell explains


A solution to the teacher shortage in mathematics

9 November 2016

With the shortage in maths teachers starting to bite, one academy trust has come up with its own innovative solution to ensuring a steady supply of maths specialists. Tarun Kapur explains


Five keys to a successful Ofsted inspection

2 November 2016

Headteacher Nigel Whittle has extensive, first-hand experience of making sure Ofsted inspections go well and understands how you can get your key messages across to inspectors. He offers five practical tips to help you with your inspection


Retention: How to keep hold of your teachers

2 November 2016

New research into retention has uncovered some of the reasons why teachers quit the profession as well as those vital ‘protective factors’ that can help a school to retain, engage and motivate their teachers. Researcher Sarah Lynch takes a look


Creating a positive climate for learning

2 November 2016

What approach does your school take to inclusion and supporting all children to achieve? Leora Cruddas looks at some key tenets to help you reflect on your current provision


Key stage 3: Assessment

2 November 2016

All this term, Matt Bromley is focusing on practice and pedagogy in the key stage 3 classroom. He now turns his focus to assessment, including data management, closing the gaps and life after levels in years 7, 8 and 9


The changing role of SENCO

2 November 2016

Schools are finding it hard to recruit successful SENCOs. Daniel Sobel believes this is down to the changing requirements of this broad and vital position. He looks at the modern SENCO role


PSHE: Tackling teenage relationship abuse

2 November 2016

?Karen Sullivan continues her focus on violence in teen relationships with a look at the hard facts of abusive relationships, the impact on young women, and what we might be able to do about it in schools


Middle leadership: The importance of reflection

2 November 2016

As a middle leader, Jamie O’Keefe relies heavily on reflection to maximise his performance. He urges us all to take that step back now and again and offers key questions to help


Supporting the next generation of leaders

2 November 2016

The charities Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders are joining forces later this month to continue together their work to support and develop middle and senior leaders working in schools in challenging circumstances. James Toop explains


Getting your SEN Information Report right

12 October 2016

Schools are required to present a wealth of information on their websites and key among this is the SEN Information Report. Inclusion and SEN expert Garry Freeman advises


Pedagogy: Video killed the teaching star

12 October 2016

The use of film and video clips in the classroom is common, but Paul Gammans believes it is often done without justification, adding nothing to learning outcomes and switching pupils off learning. He presents his arguments and then offers some practical advice for how film might be better used by ...


SEN: Teaching pupils with sensory difficulties

12 October 2016

Teaching children with autism sensory difficulties can provide specific challenges for classroom teachers. Kristina Symons breaks down some of the most common sensory barriers that these pupils can face


Careers guidance: Talking digital careers

12 October 2016

The huge growth in digital careers means it is vital that teachers, parents and students all understand what options are out there. School leader Bernie Furey explains some of the steps her school has taken in this regard



KISS: Rules of engagement

12 October 2016

The management technique Keep-Improve-Start-Stop – or KISS – can be used as an effective leadership tool to deliver powerful results, says Howard Jackson. He explains how it might work in an education setting


SEN: Considering exclusions

12 October 2016

Are you using the same fixed-term exclusions for the same pupils time and again? Headteacher Jarlath O’Brien urges school leaders to take a step back and reflect on their approach to exclusions




Mental health: Staff wellbeing

5 October 2016

SecEd's resident mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith turns her attention from pupils to staff and offers some simple steps to promoting staff wellbeing


Exam regulations update

5 October 2016

A new academic year normally brings with it updates to examination regulations. Expert Jugjit Chima looks at some of the changes for 2016/17


Effective student feedback: Ideas for feedback statements

5 October 2016

In the final part of this five-part series on effective pupil feedback, Helen Webb discusses ideas for specific feedback statements that can be used in conjunction with the comment banks approach that was described in her last article


Parental engagement: Helping out at home

5 October 2016

As teachers, we all want our students’ parents to be supportive and to help with their children’s education at home – but how can we best advise them so they can do this effectively? Adam Riches and Roy Watson-Davis offer some pointers


Student wellbeing: Emotion coaching in schools

5 October 2016

Emotion coaching is a concept that could help secondary schools to better support students’ social, emotional and mental health. Educational psychologists Licette Gus and Dr Laura Meldrum-Carter explain


Mental health: You’re not alone

5 October 2016

Julian Stanley looks at the challenges we face in tackling the mental health crisis in teaching, as well as action we can take in the short-term

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