Leadership and Policy

Professional study tour to Finland and Sweden

13 March 2014

The Finnish and Swedish education systems are often looked to as inspiration for our own. SecEd is running a specialist cultural and professional tour to the two countries in August designed especially for UK educators.


Single-sex classrooms

13 March 2014

A number of co-educational state schools have moved to single-sex classes in key subjects. Nick Morrison reports on the effects some of these schools have seen.



Tea, toast and collaboration

27 February 2014

Is collaboration and joint reflection part of your staff’s daily routine? The Baverstock Academy has embraced the idea of in-school collaboration with some astounding results. After a visit to the school, Chris Smith looks at why this approach can be so p


FAQs – the changes to SEN

27 February 2014

The new approach to SEN provision, now before Parliament, will give children and their families more of a say and make teachers more accountable for pupils’ progress. Amy Cook answers school leaders’ questions on what the reforms may mean for schools


How we achieved our best ever science results

27 February 2014

Zarina Ali discusses how her team supported GCSE double and triple science students, many of whom were on free school meals, to help achieve their school’s best ever results.



Is your leadership child-centred?

6 February 2014

At a time of increasing pressure on schools, how can we ensure our leadership remains child-centred? Educating Essex headteacher Vic Goddard tackles the question.


Preparing for PISA

6 February 2014

Preparations are already underway for the PISA 2015 assessments. Martin Ripley, who is involved in the UK management of the tests, explains the process.


School sporting priorities

6 February 2014

The Youth Sport Trust national conference this week shines a spotlight on school sport. John Steele looks at the implications of recent developments including curriculum and accountability changes, and the Sport Premium.


Handling difficult parents

6 February 2014

Schools often have to handle high expectations and demands from their parents, but what happens when things get out of hand? Helen Otty and Andrew McGregor look at what lessons can be learned from a recent legal case involving a private school.


Strategies for stretching your most able students

30 January 2014

Senior leader Laura Grainger discusses her project to improve the attainment of high-ability students, including a specific focus on year 11 and encouraging every child to aim for an A grade in at least one GCSE.


Strategies for EAL success

23 January 2014

For many schools, it is vital to have a robust strategy for supporting students who have English as an additional language. Hayley Jarvis explains some of her approaches, emphasising that it is not just about literacy.


The evolving role of SBMs

16 January 2014

Data suggests that school business managers are taking on new and wider responsibilities. Christopher Woolfrey takes a closer look.


The case for school to school collaboration

16 January 2014

Is collaboration between schools the secret to educational success? And what makes for a successful partnership between schools? Chris Smith considers the importance of working together.


Are you responsible when hiring third-party contractors?

9 January 2014

When bringing in third parties to carry out certain functions, to what extent is your school liable when things go wrong? Legal expert Ben Collingwood looks at the ‘non-delegable duty of care’ and the implications of a recent court case.


Legal advice: Student injuries at school

9 January 2014

Student injuries are always a possibility during the average school day, but to what extent can schools be held liable? Katrina Boyd offers some legal advice.





Ideas for teaching students leadership skills

5 December 2013

The Girls’ Day School Trust recently held its national Young Leaders Conference. Dr Kevin Stannard discusses some of their schools’ approaches to teaching leadership skills.


The New Professionalism – SSAT National Conference

28 November 2013

SSAT National Conference 2013 is bringing the profession together to develop a blueprint for the future of education. SecEd's preview supplement investigates the four key themes – Professional Capital, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Redesign, and Account


Avoiding the pitfalls of tablet leasing and procurement

28 November 2013

With many schools moving to one-to-one handheld devices, new leasing and finance schemes are emerging. Valerie Thompson outlines some of the risks – and lists the questions you must ask before signing up.


Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

28 November 2013

The impact of Shaun McGuigan’s very simple literacy policy on his school and its students and teachers has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice. It is based on three fundamental premises, as he explains.


NQT Special: Develop four outstanding habits

28 November 2013

As an NQT, ensuring you start as you mean to go on with your CPD is vital. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, David Weston offers four effective professional development habits.

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