Leadership and Policy

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.



Challenging times for SEN educators

2 May 2013

It is a busy time for professionals involved in the education of children with SEN and disabilities, with major legislation currently being debated in Parliament and changes to inspection among the many challenges. Lorraine Petersen updates us on the chan


The hunt for LGBT equality in schools

25 April 2013

What can schools do to meet their legal requirements and ensure staff are treated equally, irrespective of sexuality. Legal expert Paul Maddock advises.


What are your school’s values?

18 April 2013

You may associate ‘branding’ with the business world, but Amanda Peck looks at why and how schools should consider their own brand and values as an organisation.


The law when dealing with difficult visitors

18 April 2013

What legal ‘armoury’ can a school use to defend itself when excluding difficult parents, unwanted visitors or other trouble-makers? Legal expert and former headteacher Roy Woollard explains.


Delivering a whole education

21 March 2013

There are now more than 500 schools in the Whole Education network, all working to deliver a truly rounded education for their students. Chris Holmwood reports from a recent conference.




What does PISA teach us?

14 March 2013

Ministers constantly refer to the international PISA study to justify reforms. Diane Lloyd asks if we should be relying so heavily on the PISA rankings.


Using data for school improvement

14 March 2013

The latest SecEd Guide To looks at using data effectively to drive school improvement. It considers the three core strands of data, the intelligent use of this information by all school staff, and using data to survive Ofsted inspections. The free PDF dow


What’s the point of school?

7 March 2013

How do we prepare students for a future that is unknown? Professor Bill Lucas discusses four tenets of an ‘expansive education’ to help us meet this challenge, and introduces a network which is pioneering these approaches.


Conducting the perfect teaching job interview

7 March 2013

What is the best way to get the most from interviews with prospective teachers looking for a job at your school? Darryl Mydat provides some interview guidance for schools looking to recruit new staff.


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