Best Practice


Are your students afraid of failure?

22 November 2012

Are children today too afraid of failure, taking risks or thinking for themselves? Professor Tanya Byron says that students need to develop emotional intelligence and resilience if they are to succeed. But how can schools approach this challenge?



Raising teacher morale by finding and spreading best practice

22 November 2012

The pressure is on teachers at the moment with a raft of policy change and high profile attacks from politicians and Ofsted. Ben Solly looks at how school leaders can keep their teachers' morale high ― and it starts with focusing on sharing good pr


Climate Week 2013

22 November 2012

Founder of Climate Week Kevin Steele explains how the initiative provides a platform for teachers to engage pupils to take action on climate change. He also introduces the popular Climate Week Challenge.



Four key lessons to get your school to outstanding

15 November 2012

What does outstanding look like and how can you get there as a school? Dan Belcher delivers four fundamental lessons from secondary schools on the frontline aimed at helping you to achieve outstanding.


Developing successful music partnerships

15 November 2012

Malcolm Arnold Academy makes effective use of external musical partnerships. Michelle Reading, head of music, explains how they have achieved success with their provision.


Action research in the classroom

15 November 2012

Undertaking research to improve practice is becoming a common activity in UK classrooms. Principal Chris Mallaband explains how his school is developing a researching culture.


School uniform policies vs religious practices

15 November 2012

Cases involving clashes between school uniform policy and religious practices can be very difficult for schools to handle. Legal expert Richard Wilkins discusses the issues arising from a recent case involving a student wishing to carry a Sikh blade, know



How much do you know about foetal alcohol syndrome?

15 November 2012

Would you know how to support a child with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? The ground-breaking work of the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities project, led by Professor Barry Carpenter, is helping schools to cope with a range of increasingly


Pedagogy unplugged ―¬†understanding how children learn

8 November 2012

From teacher collaboration to how children learn, the work of Professor Bill Lucas is providing a blueprint for 21st century education. We preview his speech at the forthcoming SSAT National Conference when he will encourage teachers to ask: How can I do


Eleven apps for in the classroom

8 November 2012

Ben Solly guides us through 11 apps which he uses in the classroom to engage students and also promote writing and literacy.


The new rules on school exclusions and appeals

8 November 2012

Schools and academies must adhere to new legislation over how they handle student exclusions and subsequent appeals. Legal expert Kevin Jaquiss explains the new procedures and offers advice to school leaders.


Innovative secondary language projects

8 November 2012

The European Language Label recognises innovation in the teaching of languages across the continent. This year, seven UK secondary projects were among the winners. Imke Djouadj and Eva Oliver take a look.



How secondary schools can effectively tackle NEETs

7 November 2012

How can secondary schools keep pupils who are at risk of becoming NEET engaged and on track to progress? We look at a range of approaches and techniques that new research has shown to be effective.


Five approaches that will make our schools world class

24 October 2012

The Whole Education Network champions and shares innovative practice in education. David Crossley considers five key approaches in areas including assessment, accountability and teacher creativity that will help our schools to become world class.


The role of self-esteem

18 October 2012

Everyone should have high self-esteem ― or should they? Dr Stephanie Thornton asks if we have got the balance between praise and realism right.


The Google approach

18 October 2012

Inspired by Google's model of freeing up 20 per cent of employee time for creative thinking, Matthew Bebbington introduced the concept at his school.


Supporting bereaved students

18 October 2012

It thought that 22,000 children suffer the loss of a parent every year in the UK ― one every 22 minutes. Mother-of-two Linda Aitchison, whose husband died in May, reports on how secondary schools can best meet the needs of these pupils and families


Giving the right careers advice

18 October 2012

With new duties for schools to deliver independent and impartial careers advice, the role of careers advisors has never been so important. Sarah Chapman looks at some approaches that advisors and schools can take.


Using your MIS effectively

18 October 2012

Alex George explains how his school has used its management information system to tackle behaviour and raise attainment.


Helping young carers

11 October 2012

Amanda Bostock discusses how her school has changed its practices to ensure that it offers full support to its young carers.


Supporting BME students

11 October 2012

Are schools doing enough to meet the needs of their increasingly diverse population? Linda Tanner reports on programmes that have been proven to make the difference for Black and minority ethnic children.

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