Leadership and Policy

Prevent: A curriculum issue?

7 February 2018

Earlier this year, a report into multi-agency Prevent work suggested a shift in focus for this agenda in schools. Author Dr David Lundie sets out his findings



Teaching languages: Some tips and a call to action!

7 February 2018

Language education is under pressure at a time when language learning could not be more important for the next generation. Suzanne O’Farrell gives us some tips for teaching languages, and issues a rallying call...


Leadership: A 100-day plan

7 February 2018

If you are starting a new middle or senior leadership role, Ben Solly recommends having a 100-day plan to help you hit the ground running


Successful school partnerships

7 February 2018

We know that partnership can play an important role in school improvement, but what ingredients need to be in place for it to work? Liam Donnison finds out


Meeting the parents: Advice for school leaders

31 January 2018

When parents demand a one-to-one meeting with the headteacher it can often signal a difficult conversation on the horizon. John Rutter offers some tips to handle such situations



Assessment: The feedback conundrum

31 January 2018

Achieving a whole-school marking policy that satisfies students, parents and teachers might just be impossible. Dr Bernard Trafford instead urges a focus on some simple tenets of good feedback...


Mental health: Three schools, three strategies

31 January 2018

Three of the schools where Phil Denton has worked have had innovative and effective approaches to supporting good student attitudes, wellbeing and mental health. He explains more



Winning on workload

24 January 2018

The themes of workload, stress and pressure continue in education. Julian Stanley urges us to make 2018 the year of effective change to working practices


Distributed leadership explained

24 January 2018

Exactly what is distributed leadership? And how can it help to raise standards? School leader Ben Solly explains the three secrets to distributed leadership – autonomy, capacity and accountability


Are you ready for GDPR?

24 January 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect on May 25. Steve Baines discusses how schools should be preparing


Leadership & staff retention: A no-blame culture (part 4)

24 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part four, Matt Bromley considers how a no-blame culture is essential to success and what this looks like in practice



Behaviour and exclusion

17 January 2018

More than half of UK prisoners were excluded from school. In a new series of articles for SecEd, Karen Sullivan considers the exclusion picture in England and looks at possible alternative approaches


A governance skills audit

17 January 2018

The importance of a skills audit in securing the governors that your school needs should not be underestimated. Ian Armitage advises


Effective school fundraising applications

10 January 2018

The secret to fundraising success can often come down to writing and compiling effective applications. Brin Best offers nine steps to planning and writing successful funding applications


Leadership and staff retention: Organisational structures (part 2)

10 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part two, Matt Bromley considers the most common organisational structures and how they link to staff satisfaction, motivation and retention



The cornerstones of character: Accountability

10 January 2018

The importance of good accountability in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like



Shared teacher planning to reduce workload

3 January 2018

Shared teacher planning could be an effective response to heavy teacher workloads. Dr Andrew K Shenton, Andy Sherlaw and Gareth Ellis report on research at Whitley Bay High School into possible approaches


Leadership and staff retention: Surgeons vs architects (part 1)

3 January 2018

In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the links between school leadership and the retention and recruitment of school staff. In part one, he considers research into the different types of leadership approach – and the implications of these for school staff


The power of the school gate: Are your pupils ready to learn?

3 January 2018

Facing problems with pupils arriving in class not prepared for learning, and the disruption this causes, school leader Allen Hall drew a red line at the school gate in a bid to change habits and ensure pupils arrived at school ready for the day ahead

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