Leadership and Policy

Character education: Introducing virtue

4 November 2015

In a new monthly series of best practice articles exploring character education, expert Matt Bawden asks what aspects of character should be central to our education system and details a new DfE-backed pilot project to teach character through the curriculum



Supporting your exams officer

14 October 2015

Despite the significance of the exams officer role within secondary schools, they often do not receive the support they should. Jugjit Chima offers some advice to school leaders


The UK’s most inspiring school library

14 October 2015

What makes the perfect school library? Emma Lee-Potter speaks to the secondary winner of this year’s School Library Inspiration Award to find out


Dealing with issues of staff conduct

14 October 2015

There are times as a manager or school leader when the behaviour of a colleague needs to be addressed. Sonia Gill offers some advice on approaching these sensitive conversations professionally


The Prevent Duty in schools

7 October 2015

Robin Jacobs considers the practical steps schools need to take in order to comply with their legal obligations under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.


Dealing with the helicopter parents

7 October 2015

Helicopter parents are those that micro-manage their children’s lives and continually demand success. But research is showing the negative impact that this is having on young people. Karen Sullivan explains


Stocking emergency inhalers in school

7 October 2015

A year ago, the law changed to allow schools to buy emergency inhalers without prescription. However, anecdotal evidence gathered by the British Journal of School Nursing and SecEd shows that some schools are unaware of the changes or have encountered challenges in implementation. Caroline Voogd ...



Difficult conversations with parents

7 October 2015

Sonia Gill outlines two common difficult conversations with parents and three common mistakes that can hinder teachers when trying to resolve sensitive issues


ETAG: Eight months and still waiting...

30 September 2015

The government-appointed Education and Technology Action Group (ETAG) published its recommendations in January. Eight months on and there has still been no response from ministers. Bob Harrison explains


Case study: Reducing lateness to lessons

30 September 2015

When Marple Hall School reviewed lateness levels, they found 883 hours of teaching had been missed in one year due to students not arriving in class on time. Rhian Davies explains how they tackled this



The DNA of an effective school

23 September 2015

Ofsted guidelines change constantly, and while they do give schools something to focus on, research has shown that effectiveness comes from a set of fundamental principles that improve outcomes in all areas. Liam Donnison explains


#WomenEd: Connecting female leaders in education

23 September 2015

#WomenEd – the movement to challenge gender inequality in school leadership – is gaining momentum ahead of its first official ‘unconference’ on October 3. Co-founder Hannah Wilson recaps the debate that has brought us here and previews the event



CPD and steaks – making chefs, not cooks

16 September 2015

David Weston would love to be better at cooking – so how would one improve one’s skills in the kitchen? And what parallels can be drawn with teachers’ CPD?


Quality and Equity – SSAT National Conference 2015

16 September 2015

The SSAT National Conference 2015 – Quality and Equity – focuses on three core themes: Closing the Gaps, Raising the Bar, and Leading Learning. SecEd's preview supplement is out now, looking at the key issues, debates and sessions that will be taking place at the event


Fundraising: Proving your project is needed

16 September 2015

When looking to secure funding for your school, a key challenge is successfully arguing a need for your project and deciding who should lead your grant fundraising efforts. John Ellery offers his advice



Implementing a whole-school strategy

9 September 2015

Members of the school leadership team are often challenging to implement whole-school strategies. Josie Gallagher outlines the four key principles that will help your implementation plan to succeed


Analysis: Clear messages from public benefit debate

9 September 2015

The issue of public benefit and independent schools is back on the education agenda. John Clarke considers the implications for state and independent schools after a recent House of Lords debate



Golden rules for a stronger SLT

2 September 2015

What are the golden rules for creating the strongest senior leadership team for your school? In a new leadership advice series for SecEd, Colin McLean asks secondary leaders to share their tips


Case study: Effective parental communication

2 September 2015

After a tough period for Alfreton Grange School, a clear focus was needed on rebuilding relationships with parents. Emma Howard explains some of the 'quick wins' that have been essential to this goal

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