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Coaching conversations: The key questions

8 November 2017

Coaching can be a powerful technique to help middle leaders support teachers in challenging circumstances. Martin Matthews looks at the basics and considers some key coaching questions


Critical thinking in practice

8 November 2017

A recent CPD project looked at practical strategies and understanding for critical thinking. Dr John Hopkin has compiled case studies of the work participants undertook in their schools and the outcomes...


Supply teaching: Safeguarding – A shared duty...

8 November 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. Expert Sam Preston offers her safeguarding advice for supply staff, including practical tips about fulfilling your child protection duties and responsibilities


Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples

8 November 2017

Embedding creative thinking into the curriculum alongside knowledge can be done, and is not an ‘either-or’ option. Professor Bill Lucas, co-author of a new book on creative thinking, offers some practical ideas and advice


Housing: A helping hand

8 November 2017

The impact of stagnating salaries and rising housing costs is becoming clear for many in the teaching profession. Julian Stanley looks at what help is out there



What are Degree Apprenticeships?

8 November 2017

Degree vs Apprenticeships? How about both? Petra Wilton argues the case for the emerging pathway of the Degree Apprenticeship



Creating an anti-bullying culture

8 November 2017

As Anti-Bullying Week approaches, what can schools do to prevent bullying among their pupils? Rebecca Oram looks at some practices to take on board


Raising literacy in challenging contexts

8 November 2017

With huge swathes of his key stage 3 children unable to read properly, James O’Connell Lauder was charged with addressing the problems. He explains how he tackled the challenge


Making data meaningful in inspections

1 November 2017

Ofsted’s recent inspection update urges schools to focus on ‘meaningful data’ and warns about the misuse of data. Specialist Stephen Rollett advises


CPD for school support staff

1 November 2017

Teacher development is a clear priority for the most effective schools, but how do you ensure that your support staff aren’t missing out on vital CPD? Bridget Clay advises


Mental health, wellbeing and PSHE

1 November 2017

PSHE has a key role to play when teaching young people about their mental health and wellbeing. Expert Jenny Barksfield explores how a well-planned and delivered PSHE education programme can support pupils’ mental health and emotional wellbeing


Mental health: Six steps to sustainable recovery

1 November 2017

We can sometimes be too quick to think that a young person is recovered from a mental health problem. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers six steps to supporting sustainable recovery from mental health issues


Successful school-to-school collaboration

1 November 2017

At the heart of the self-improving school system is school-to-school collaboration, but how can collaboration work effectively for the benefit of all involved? Claudia Sumner and Karen Wespieser look at the research evidence




Supply teaching: How to prepare for a placement

1 November 2017

In a new series supporting supply teachers, SecEd is offering advice across a range of issues. Here, Helen Frostick looks at how teachers can prepare for a short or long-term placement


Supply teaching: The element of surprise

1 November 2017

In a new series supporting supply teachers, SecEd is offering advice across a range of issues. Here, John Dabell looks at what techniques supply teachers might adopt in the classroom to give them an edge


The process of learning: Cheats prosper (part 6)

11 October 2017

Our series on how students learn continues. Matt Bromley is looking at the second of his three secrets to boosting long-term memory – how we can help pupils to access their long-term memories quickly by ‘cheating’ their working memories



CPD: A good teacher is like a magpie...

11 October 2017

Good teachers are like magpies – they spot little things that attract their attention and steal them for their own teaching practice. Dr Bernard Trafford urges us all to embrace in-school sharing...



Study skills: Effective use of revision guides

11 October 2017

Revision guides are popular resources with many teachers and parents, but do students use them properly? Helen Webb looks at how to teach students to use revision guides more effectively

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