Best Practice


Reigniting their love of MFL

21 March 2013

A new initiative is encouraging schools to combine language teaching with the teaching of other key subjects. Suzi Bewell takes a look at the immersion approach to MFL.


Tackling the traits of teen alcoholism

21 March 2013

After taking part in a pilot project to tackle alcohol misuse using targeted interventions with students grouped by personality traits and individual tendencies, Corelli College saw a real impact. Jon Kelly explains how.


Bridging the achievement gap

21 March 2013

Closing the achievement gap is a challenge every school faces. After an inspiring trip to schools in New Orleans, Jackie Bowen explains how she developed new approaches once back in the UK.


The red coats

21 March 2013

A team of US educationalists recently visited London to see the City Year programme in action – a national service movement that sees young people volunteering their time as mentors and role-models in schools. Sophie Livingstone introduces the initiative.


Delivering a whole education

21 March 2013

There are now more than 500 schools in the Whole Education network, all working to deliver a truly rounded education for their students. Chris Holmwood reports from a recent conference.


Making Shakespeare relevant for your students

21 March 2013

The Playing Shakespeare scheme is running once again with a dedicated web resource for teachers. This year it’s Romeo and Juliet and English co-ordinator Becky Tapper explains how she uses the resource to discuss the relevance of the play to her students.


Employers in the classroom

21 March 2013

John Morris explains how he used his 25 years of management development experience, working with companies including Debenhams, Lloyds TSB and the Home Office, to boost the confidence and educational development of disadvantaged children.


Advice for teachers using Twitter

21 March 2013

More and more teachers are embracing the CPD opportunities that Twitter presents. Following a previous introductory article for SecEd, school leader Ben Solly offers some more advice on making the most of what Twitter has to offer.


How to get that teaching job

21 March 2013

The jobs market for teachers has become increasingly difficult to navigate in recent years. School leader Ben Solly offers his advice to young teachers when applying for that dream job.



An examination nightmare...

14 March 2013

Michael Gove’s obsession with exam-based, terminal assessment will seriously disadvantage many students, says teacher Simon Pearson. He argues why and looks at overcoming some of the barriers that students have to this style of learning.



What does PISA teach us?

14 March 2013

Ministers constantly refer to the international PISA study to justify reforms. Diane Lloyd asks if we should be relying so heavily on the PISA rankings.



The future of Assessment for Learning under Michael Gove

14 March 2013

As we move towards more terminal examination at GCSE and a system which prizes knowledge over skills, Tom Middlehurst argues that Assessment for Learning has become more essential to classroom practice than ever.


Using data for school improvement

14 March 2013

The latest SecEd Guide To looks at using data effectively to drive school improvement. It considers the three core strands of data, the intelligent use of this information by all school staff, and using data to survive Ofsted inspections. The free PDF dow


Apps and Pi in education

14 March 2013

With the advent of the Raspberry Pi and cheap apps for handheld devices, the opportunities for cost-effective ICT projects and lessons are increasing. Edmund West takes a look at Raspberry Pi and three apps which are proving popular.


What’s the point of school?

7 March 2013

How do we prepare students for a future that is unknown? Professor Bill Lucas discusses four tenets of an ‘expansive education’ to help us meet this challenge, and introduces a network which is pioneering these approaches.




Conducting the perfect teaching job interview

7 March 2013

What is the best way to get the most from interviews with prospective teachers looking for a job at your school? Darryl Mydat provides some interview guidance for schools looking to recruit new staff.


Busting the theatre myths

7 March 2013

Students who want to work in the theatre are often put-off their ambitions for fear it is too tough an industry. Susan Elkin’s new book aims to help schools better advise young people.


Student e-safety: access vs protection

7 March 2013

Use of the internet is now ubiquitous, with students having unlimited access to a wide range of services from school and home. How do we provide access to this rich exciting world while protecting them from the worst? James Garnett offers some advice.


The potential of Teacher Learning Communities in education

7 March 2013

Schools are increasingly embracing the idea of giving their teachers time to share best practice, learn together and improve their skills as a group. Amy Benziane discusses Teacher Learning Communities and the approaches that have proved successful in her


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