Best Practice


Pornography and young people: A reality check

23 November 2016

A pragmatic approach to pornography can help to prepare children and young people for better relationships, says the Sex Education Forum’s Lisa Hallgarten. She reassures PSHE teachers and signposts us to some useful resources


NQT Special Edition: Advice from year 2

23 November 2016

Every week, SecEd’s NQT diarist reports on their trials and tribulations in the classroom. For this special edition, we asked last year’s diarist, who is now in their second year at the chalkface, to offer some advice to this year’s NQTs


Maintaining your professional boundaries

23 November 2016

Maintaining personal, professional and protective boundaries is a crucial consideration for those working in our schools. Sarah Morgan offers guidance for teachers and education professionals



NQT Special Edition: Handling the stress

23 November 2016

It is no secret that teaching is a stressful profession and learning to handle the pressure will be key to a successful and long career at the chalkface. Dr Stephanie Thornton offers some advice


Are you drowning in meetings?

23 November 2016

Does your school or department call staff meetings for every little issue? Do you spend more time sitting around a table than on your feet teaching? Paul Gammans discusses how meetings could be structured to be more effective, efficient and productive


Key stage 3: Literacy and numeracy

16 November 2016

In the final of his series of articles discussing best practice in key stage 3, Matt Bromley looks at the keystones of literacy and numeracy


Six essential examination policies

16 November 2016

What are the examination policies that schools must have in place in order to satisfy both JCQ and Ofqual requirements? Jugjit Chima explains



The computing curriculum: It’s about real-world problems

16 November 2016

The computing curriculum is not all about coding, but this perception and the ‘geeky’ stereotype might put students off. Terry Freedman offers practical ideas for how you can dispel these myths and engage students in computing study


PSHE: No more violence

16 November 2016

Continuing her focus on relationship violence, Karen Sullivan looks at how we can begin to tackle these issues in the PSHE classroom and offers some ideas and resources


Case study: School-led research

16 November 2016

Teacher research has been placed at the heart of teaching and learning at Wycombe High School and this has led to national recognition. Dorothy Lepkowska reports


Alcohol education: Advice and resources

16 November 2016

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, the charity Drinkaware has provided resources to help schools tackle the dangers of alcohol during PSHE sessions. Expert Lesley de Meza offers some advice


Extra-curricular activities: Just for fun?

16 November 2016

Has our culture of academic achievement at all costs begun to infect even the extra-curricular and hobby pursuits of our young people? Dr Pooky Knightsmith underlines the importance of doing things ‘just for fun’


Behaviour: Is there another way?

16 November 2016

Increasingly seen as a more constructive and effective alternative to traditional behaviour management, restorative justice is gaining traction in education. Ian Curry explains how and why his school has embraced the approach


Research at the heart of education

16 November 2016

SecEd is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how the Research Mark and related resources can help schools on their journey


Character education: Environment, empathy and failure

16 November 2016

What has your school’s response to the character agenda been? Dr Morgan Phillips offers a broad discussion about what character is, the challenges for schools in ‘teaching’ it, and the importance of environment, empathy and failure


Key stage 3: Effective use of the Pupil Premium

9 November 2016

Continuing his focus on key stage 3, Matt Bromley considers how the Pupil Premium can be used to maximise progress during these crucial years, what Ofsted inspectors expect to see in this context, and some self-evaluation questions


Ideas for teaching critical thinking

9 November 2016

We all agree that critical thinking is essential for today’s young people – but just how do you teach these crucial skills? John Dabell advises



Character education: Teaching them curiosity

9 November 2016

Curiosity is a difficult skill to teach and perhaps harder still to harness and direct. Our resident character education expert, Matt Bawden, explores the nature and use of curiosity in education


The rise of depression in our young people

9 November 2016

Research suggests that we are more depressed than ever – with our young people particularly affected. Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses why this might be and offers some advice for schools



Extra-curricular: The fall and rise of enrichment

9 November 2016

In tough economic times, enrichment is often one of the first things to go, but schools ditch these activities at their peril, warns Paul Gammans. He considers what an effective enrichment programme should entail and argues why teachers should be given the time to get involved


School governors: Finding the right skill-set

9 November 2016

There are a number of initiatives out there to help schools source governors from the world of business to boost the skill-set of their governing bodies. David Rowsell explains

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