Leadership and Policy

Getting a grip on data

15 May 2014

With levels disappearing and performance benchmarks changing, data is becoming ever more vital to school leaders. Paul Grubb looks at using data as a tool for long-term school improvement.


Improving the progress of SEND pupils

15 May 2014

Charged with improving the progress being made by SEND students in her school’s English department, middle leader Caroline Dutton describes some of the strategies her team is employing.


What is good governance?

8 May 2014

There has been much government rhetoric about stronger governance, but has this translated into practice on the ground? Fergal Roche outlines his vision of an effective and challenging governing body.


Ready for secondary?

1 May 2014

The government’s insistence that a key part of primary education is to ensure pupils are ‘secondary-ready’ has caused much debate. Gerald Haigh argues that transition is a joint responsibility.



Fair recruitment processes

1 May 2014

Can schools discriminate when recruiting teaching staff? Legal expert Kerren Daly offers her advice.


Lessons from the Toolkit

24 April 2014

The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit shows that effective strategies for homework, mentoring and feedback can all have a positive impact on student progress. Amy Benziane explains the work her that school’s English department has done in this area.


The top 5 concerns facing school leaders

24 April 2014

What are the big five concerns facing school leaders today? Philippa Wilding discusses the most common worries she encounters and offers some solutions.


The rise and rise of big data

3 April 2014

The intelligent use of data is increasingly vital, not least when working in collaboration. As such, SSAT and SecEd have joined together to offer schools a free taster of the new Educational Outcomes database. Chris Smith explains.


Fundraising: Balancing the school books

3 April 2014

A group of 20 school leaders from both state and private schools recently met to discuss the role and future of income generation in schools. Julia Reid discusses some of the ideas and issues that were on the table.


Improving data processes

3 April 2014

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Helena Romanes School was judged ‘good’. Assistant headteacher Neal Foster explains the strategies they have for using data and supporting staff as they now aim for outstanding.


A journey to outstanding

27 March 2014

When principal Harry French arrived at his school he was the third head in three terms. He discusses some of the problems they faced and how a focus on aspirations and creating a culture of learning is paying dividends.


We need to talk about education

27 March 2014

A new book commissioned by Teach First has sought to lift the lid on the barriers that disadvantaged young people face to education and achievement. Authors Ben Faccini and Greg Villalobos explain what they found and we print some extracts from the teache


The Equality Act and your pupils

27 March 2014

Ensuring your school meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and does not discriminate against pupils is vital. Legal expert Amanda Lyons looks at some key areas.


Do you understand VAT?

27 March 2014

VAT is a complicated tax and it is easy for academies and free schools to make mistakes. We ask expert Helen Elliott for some advice.



How to implement a new strategy as a middle leader

20 March 2014

Implementing a new strategy is a common challenge for middle leaders. Ann-Marie Smith discusses how she successfully embedded, monitored and evaluated a new approach to giving student feedback



An open data challenge

20 March 2014

A new £40,000 challenge is seeking ideas that make effective use of open data to help parents engage with their children’s education. Ed Parkes explains.


Strike advice

20 March 2014

With on-going industrial action affecting schools across England, legal experts Paul Menham and Paul Maddock look at how school leaders might minimise the disruption for pupils and parents while still respecting their staff’s right to take strike action.


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

Sign up SecEd Bulletin