Leadership and Policy

Stress: Keeping your head above water

16 March 2016

As a headteacher, James Hilton fell victim to the huge stress that can affect many school leaders. He now spends his time helping education professionals to recognise and overcome the symptoms of stress. It is a theme tackled in his new book. We invited him to offer some advice to others


Supporting your exams officer

16 March 2016

Raising the profile of your examinations officer is key to achieving a successful and problem-free exam series in your school, explains Jugjit Chima


Embedding character in the curriculum

9 March 2016

As we near the publication of new, government-backed character education resources, Matt Bawden pulls together the broader themes to have emerged from the work that has gone into their creation


Supporting transgender pupils

9 March 2016

Schools have legal and moral duties to support pupils who face gender identity issues or have gender dysphoria. Dr Stephanie Thornton explains and offers advice


Dealing with the pupil places shortage

9 March 2016

With pupil numbers on the rise and many schools already oversubscribed, Beth Walton looks at how we can manage the issues that come with an overcrowded system


Five tips for the new middle leader

2 March 2016

Surviving as a new and young middle leader can be challenging. Drawing upon his own experience, Matthew Atherton offers five pieces of advice for new middle leaders




Teaching Schools: We’re better together

24 February 2016

As a Teaching School, Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College offers a wide range of outreach to other schools that need it. Assistant head Sarah Livesey discusses their work


Character Education: Engaging the three key groups

3 February 2016

Continuing his series on character education, expert Matt Bawden reports from the Character Matters event and discusses how to grow support with three crucial groups – students, parents and the wider community


The importance of relationships in school

3 February 2016

Truthfully – what is your school culture like? Do you see it as important? Graham Moore discusses the importance of relationships in schools, the four aspects to school culture, and argues why this is the most important aspect of a successful school


Financial efficiency – stay in control

3 February 2016

Times are tight and budget pressures in schools are increasing. Funding specialist Julia Harnden offers some broad principles to help schools manage their finances


CPD: Creating the right culture

27 January 2016

How can schools create a culture to enable their staff to excel? David Weston considers six strategies to achieve great staff motivation and development


Leadership: Avoiding the distractions

27 January 2016

How can school leaders stay focused on their core duty – student outcomes? Colin McLean seeks some advice from secondary headteachers


Join the growing #WomenEd debate

27 January 2016

School leader and WomenEd co-founder Hannah Wilson updates SecEd on the profession-led, grassroots movement to promote equality, diversity and inclusivity within our country’s school leadership teams


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

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