Best Practice


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.


Training future leaders

11 October 2012

Shenley Brook End School has opened a Leadership and Training Centre to support leadership development across the area. Chris Holmwood explains.


Becoming a thinking school

11 October 2012

Rochester Grammar is an Advanced Thinking School. Denise Shepherd explains how and why the school has put thinking at the heart of its curriculum.


Redesigning DT

11 October 2012

When she was asked to redraft the design technology programme for her chain of academies, experienced designer Emily Campbell went back to basics.


Breaking IT down

11 October 2012

Finding the middle ground between an open internet access policy or one of total restriction is difficult. Mark Evans advises.


Not going to university?

11 October 2012

Andrew Shanahan, author of The Guide to Not Going to University, looks at some of the common concerns students have about alternative pathways.


LEAP to success

4 October 2012

In a bid to tackle its problems with exclusions, Baverstock School introduced the 'LEAP' Department. Thomas Marshall explains.


Inspiring Space

4 October 2012

The European Space Agency Teacher Workshop provides an inspiring atmosphere for teachers to develop their practice. Christopher Beard explains some of the tips he picked up.


Learning Rounds

4 October 2012

Catriona Oates explains the basic principles of Learning Rounds and discusses the findings of her recent research into this popular and innovative CPD activity.


Spotlight on Malaysia

4 October 2012

With UK ministers often looking abroad for inspiration, Ann Puntis continues her look at international education systems.


Are you prepared for the SEN changes?

4 October 2012

With the government's proposed reform of provision for SEN students and the introduction of the new Ofsted framework and Teachers' Standards, the SEN landscape is shifting once more. Lorraine Petersen looks at the implications.


The history of protest songs

4 October 2012

The latest Amnesty resource and activity for schools focuses on the history of protest songs and challenges students to create their own. Naomi Westland explains.


Human rights: Campaigning for change

3 October 2012

With more than 500 Amnesty Youth Groups now active in schools across the UK, Alice Woodhouse looks at why students are engaged by human rights campaigning.


Embracing risk in the classroom

27 September 2012

Fearing that learning today has become too 'safe', teachers at King Edward VI Grammar School developed a strategy to bring more risk, excitement and challenge into their classrooms.

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