Leadership and Policy



The seven secrets to middle leadership

14 November 2013

The cogs of middle leadership are among the most important in the school system, but what are the secrets to being a successful and effective middle leader? Ben Solly offers seven key pieces of advice.




The 7 levels of student impact

17 October 2013

A recent article on student impact – as opposed to student voice or leadership – generated much debate. Its author Tom Middlehurst responds by defining the seven levels of student involvement in school life.


10 steps to a world class education system

17 October 2013

Ahead of this year’s Whole Education conference, David Crossley draws on the views of national and international education leaders to define how we can build a world class system. He offers 10 key ways forward and a manifesto for change.


Getting your NQTs to outstanding

10 October 2013

Lucy Helan discusses her work to improve the quality of teaching in her school by developing a programme to support new teachers to reach outstanding.


Historic claims of abuse

26 September 2013

Following the Jimmy Savile scandal, there has been an increase in the number accusations of historic abuse. Legal experts Michael Pether and Sarah Firth explain the essential steps that schools must take should they receive notification of such a claim.


A whole-school approach to improving literacy

12 September 2013

Tackling the attainment gap between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers at King Edward VII College has been a key focus for staff, including the aim of improving literacy levels. Cathy Bhundia discusses their strategies.



Whistleblowing in education

5 September 2013

Whistleblowing is a sensitive subject – both for the employee raising concerns and those at the school who have to respond to them. Legal experts Paul Menham and Joanne Thorley offer advice to those on both sides of the coin.


Getting your parents on board

29 August 2013

Research has shown time and again that parents hold significant power in supporting learning. With the Curriculum for Excellence calling on schools to actively engage parents about their child’s education, Geoff Jones offers some advice.


Working together to develop leadership practice

4 July 2013

Schools in West Sussex are embracing the challenge of the Redesigning Schooling campaign to develop their leadership and educational practice in key areas. Caroline Barlow explains.


School data – Getting back to basics

4 July 2013

The collection and use of data is vital in schools today, but it is not the whole story. Former head Gerald Haigh visits three schools to find out how they use data and its place in school improvement strategies.


Defibrillators in schools – a legal viewpoint

4 July 2013

With more than 600 young people a year dying from cardiac arrests, a campaign is calling for defibrillators to be placed in schools. Legal expert Katrina Boyd considers the implications of medical emergencies in schools.



NQT special: Standing up for your rights as a new teacher

27 June 2013

It is vital that new teachers know their rights and entitlements as they adjust to life at the chalkface. The NASUWT’s Chris Keates discusses the importance of supporting our NQTs and explains why and how the union is challenging government to help protec


School exclusions – staying legal

20 June 2013

Earlier this year, a report highlighted the serious problem of illegal exclusions in some schools. Legal expert Perry Hill looks at recent changes to the law and how schools can stay compliant.


From team member to team leader...

20 June 2013

Making the transition from being a member of your departmental team to the team’s leader is always a challenge. After recently making this move himself, Pete Matershaw offers some advice on becoming a middle leader.


BYOD and data security in schools

20 June 2013

With the increasing popularity of Bring Your Own Device programmes, Darren Pepper considers how schools might manage data security and e-safety.


Preventing plagiarism

13 June 2013

With universities clamping down on plagiarism – accidental or malicious – it is vital that secondary schools educate their students so that future problems are avoided. We look at how and offer SecEd readers a free trial and discount on software to help.



The secrets to strong governance

23 May 2013

In the face of the many challenges embroiling education, David Hanson looks at why and how strong governance, and good working relationships with headteachers, can help schools to be successful.


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