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What makes an outstanding Ofsted lesson?

12 December 2012

How can teachers ensure their lessons are outstanding? What are inspectors looking for? This free SecEd "Guide To" publication considers the ingredients that go to making an outstanding Ofsted lesson.


Advice & guidance for NQTs at the end of term 1

12 December 2012

One term down, two to go ― NQTs everywhere will be looking forward to the end of term. SecEd's annual autumn NQT special eight page section offers a wealth of advice to help new teachers reflect on term 1 at the chalkface and prepare for terms 2 an


Heading to Bett 2013?

6 December 2012

SecEd's free 32-page guide to the Bett 2013 technology-in-education show early next year offers visitors an overview of the event's CPD, workshops, presentations and exhibition. You can download both a digital edition and PDF version.






When students self-harm

6 December 2012

Self-harm is a subject that remains shrouded in stigma with three in four young sufferers not knowing where to turn. Linda Aitchison looks at how schools and school staff should react when a pupil seeks help.


Spotlight on American education

6 December 2012

Continuing her look at education systems across the world, Ann Puntis reports on the introduction of common core education standards across America ― a radical and challenging reform.


Stand Against Violence

6 December 2012

With a significant number of pupils being suspended for violence, Adam Fouracre ― who lost his brother to street violence ― is working with schools to combat this growing problem. Katie Sanders explains.


Testing to support year 7 transition

6 December 2012

Steve Walters explains why his school's introductory/transition programme for year 7 includes the use of a cognitive abilities test.


Using cinema as part of a rewards system

6 December 2012

William Parker School uses the appeal and inspiration of film to motivate its learners. Ruth Roberts explains how they use cinema as part of a rewards system.





Sports and the Pupil Premium

29 November 2012

When School Sport Partnerships were axed, PE teacher Darren Padgett set up a not-for-profit organisation to continue his work. Here he urges schools to consider sporting activities when deciding how to spend their Pupil Premium.


The problems with virtual schooling

29 November 2012

Virtual schools are common in America and their role is being increasingly debated in the UK. Psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the implications of this model of learning and issues a warning.


Do you have a resilience strategy?

29 November 2012

After her NQT year, Kathryn Lovewell had made herself so ill she was hospitalised. She now teaches teachers resilience strategies and has just released a book called Every Teacher Matters.




Surviving inspection as an NQT

29 November 2012

New teachers, more than most perhaps, feel the pressure when inspectors come calling. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at what has changed in the new Ofsted framework and seeks out some advice on surviving inspection for NQTs.


Do you do to-do lists?

29 November 2012

Another former SecEd NQT diarist extols the virtues of to-do lists for the busy young teacher.


NQTs: Are you down and out in December?

29 November 2012

After working flat-out all term, NQTs could well be feeling down and out this December. CPD expert Margaret Adams discusses why this is normal and how you should cope with it.


Key lessons from the first term of Ofsted's new inspection regime

28 November 2012

SecEd's latest "Guide To" publication offers key lessons from the new Ofsted inspection regime, including insider advice from inspectors, a case study of a successful inspection, and top tips covering everything from parental surveys and self-evaluation t


Teaching students leadership skills

22 November 2012

The Learning to Lead project teaches students crucial leadership skills. After visiting two of the first schools to adopt the scheme, Professor Sir Tim Brighouse discusses the importance of student involvement in school life.

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