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NQT special: A summer checklist for the NQT

27 June 2013

The end of the school year is in sight, but NQTs must be careful – it is important to finish your year in the right way, approach the summer properly, and also spare a thought about how to prepare for September. Margaret Adams offers her survival checklis


NQT special: Mentor and mentee relationships

27 June 2013

The mentor-mentee relationship is crucial for new teachers. Amy Benziane reflects on what makes an excellent mentor and the qualities that mentees need to bring to the relationship.



NQT special: Standing up for your rights as a new teacher

27 June 2013

It is vital that new teachers know their rights and entitlements as they adjust to life at the chalkface. The NASUWT’s Chris Keates discusses the importance of supporting our NQTs and explains why and how the union is challenging government to help protec


NQT special: Moving from trainee to NQT

27 June 2013

SecEd’s current NQT diarist reflects on her first year at the chalkface and offers advice to trainee teachers who are preparing to begin their careers in September.


NQT special: Getting ready for year 2

27 June 2013

SecEd’s NQT diary is a popular column which is penned every year by a new recruit to the teaching profession. We asked last year’s diarist, Tomas Duckling, to offer his advice on how this year’s NQTs should approach their second year.


NQT special: How to slow your working life down

27 June 2013

The past year has probably gone by in a blur for most NQTs as you were thrown in at the deep end of teaching. Margaret Adams looks at why you might consider making an effort to ‘slow down’ in year two.


NQT special: CPD beyond NQT

27 June 2013

David Weston discusses why NQTs should focus on their CPD during year 2 at the chalkface and looks at what your priorities might be.


NQT special: Avoiding false accusations

27 June 2013

Sadly, new teachers must be aware of the dangers of pupils who make false accusations. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at some recent cases and offers advice on how to avoid being falsely accused.


When tragedy strikes – how schools should respond

27 June 2013

When there is a death in the school community, the effects can be felt by everyone – students, staff, parents. Angela Youngman looks at how schools must react when tragedies happen and how we can help our children and our colleagues to grieve.




Engaging parents using social media

27 June 2013

Continuing her series on social media for education, Jennifer Begg looks at how schools can use social networking to engage with their parents.



School exclusions – staying legal

20 June 2013

Earlier this year, a report highlighted the serious problem of illegal exclusions in some schools. Legal expert Perry Hill looks at recent changes to the law and how schools can stay compliant.


From team member to team leader...

20 June 2013

Making the transition from being a member of your departmental team to the team’s leader is always a challenge. After recently making this move himself, Pete Matershaw offers some advice on becoming a middle leader.



Achieving positive accountability in our schools

20 June 2013

With so much discussion around the negative impact of inspection, deputy head Rosanna Raimato and SSAT’s Kirstie Andrew-Power discuss what positive accountability could look like.


What is troubling this teenager?

20 June 2013

What is troubling this teenager? Drink? Drugs? Many of us think we know the health issues that young people worry about. But we may have to think again. Al Campbell looks at the outcomes of research showing what teens are really concerned about.


Ensuring students' online safety

20 June 2013

In the third of her series of articles on social media and digital tools, Jennifer Begg looks at the key questions and issues we must discuss with students to help them behave appropriately online.


BYOD and data security in schools

20 June 2013

With the increasing popularity of Bring Your Own Device programmes, Darren Pepper considers how schools might manage data security and e-safety.


How to make your Pupil Premium Summer School a success

13 June 2013

Pupil Premium-funded Summer Schools are helping pupils to make the difficult leap from year 6 to 7 and recent research has revealed the secrets to setting up, running and embedding a successful Summer School programme. Kerry Martin explains.


Success with student group work

13 June 2013

Group work is important in fostering students’ learning skills, but ensuring this approach is effective can be difficult. Dr Stephanie Thornton offers some practical advice for fostering better classroom dialogue and pushing student group work in the righ


Stimulating (and free) physics CPD

13 June 2013

A free, national project is supporting the CPD and best practice of physics teachers in a bid to drive take-up of the subject post-16. David Cameron explains more.


Preventing plagiarism

13 June 2013

With universities clamping down on plagiarism – accidental or malicious – it is vital that secondary schools educate their students so that future problems are avoided. We look at how and offer SecEd readers a free trial and discount on software to help.

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