Best Practice


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




Motivating students to engage with language learning

28 February 2013

With languages no longer compulsory at key stage 4, showing students the relevance of languages and inspiring them to want to take their learning further is key. Karine Kleywegt looks at her school’s approach.



Are you heading to the Education Show 2013?

28 February 2013

The Education Show takes place in Birmingham next month offering a range CPD seminars hosted by education experts and policy specialists. We preview this year’s event.


Getting to good: How one school turned itself around

21 February 2013

Malcolm Arnold Academy’s predecessor school was failing in every Ofsted category. Two years later, the school has been rated good with outstanding features. Principal Philip Cantwell looks at how this turnaround has been achieved.



The misuse of international studies in UK education

21 February 2013

The misuse and oversimplification of international surveys and comparisons can lead to misleading statements being made about English education. Dr Newman Burdett looks at how we should be interpreting international data.

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