Leadership and Policy

Case study: Overcoming coastal challenges

20 January 2016

The challenges facing isolated and coastal schools are well known. A range of initiatives at Clacton Coastal Academy is helping its pupils to overcome the odds. Dorothy Lepkowska reports




Case study: Sustainable schools

13 January 2016

Among the winners in last year’s Ashden Sustainable Schools Awards was North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. Principal Marion Plant explains what they did and how



School business managers – Beyond the budget

6 January 2016

Business management in a school extends so much further than looking after the budget. Dispelling the myths, Sara McNeillis explores some of the other ways SBMs make a real difference in schools



Change-management: Tips for success

2 December 2015

After leading significant change in her science department, specialist leader of education Helen Seath discusses some of the lessons she has learned


Advice on tackling radicalisation

25 November 2015

As schools implement the Prevent Duty to tackle radicalisation among students, Hanif Qadir – a government advisor and leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists – gives us some key messages


A self-audit framework for your SEND provision

25 November 2015

How effective is your school’s overall SEND provision? Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel urges you not to wait for problems to develop, but to self-audit your SEND using the following framework


NQT Special: A headteacher’s advice for NQTs

25 November 2015

Every week, SecEd’s headteacher diarist writes his reflections and experiences as a new school leader. This week, focusing on CPD and support, he offers his advice to new teachers


NQT Special: Some FAQs about NQTs

25 November 2015

Alex Collinson looks at the FAQs that school leaders in England have about how they should be supporting their NQTs and considers relevant government guidance when it comes to NQTs




Combatting the coastal school challenges

18 November 2015

A recent report has sought to shed further light on the challenges coastal schools face and the kind of leadership that is required to overcome them. Heath Monk explains


Managing a project – a route-map to success

18 November 2015

Middle leaders will often find themselves charged with driving a whole-school or whole-department initiative to raise achievement or close the gap. Dan Walton offers his advice on how to ensure yours is a success





Supporting Syrian refugee children who arrive in your school

4 November 2015

Receiving the children of Syrian refugees as they begin to arrive in the UK is a realistic possibility for many schools. It is likely that these children will face many challenges as they integrate. Educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers a checklist for successful inclusion


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

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