Leadership and Policy



Taking the step up to the SLT

8 January 2015

SecEd is a supporter of the Future Leaders programme. Here, Jessica West details her journey from middle to senior leadership via the initiative and discusses some of the challenges she has faced along the way.


Selection at 11 – a very English debate

4 December 2014

The public debate over academic selection at 11 has once again ignited. Professor Chris Husbands wonders why, when all the evidence argues against this approach to education.


The SEN Code of Practice explained

4 December 2014

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes.


Case study: Simplifying data use

4 December 2014

Matthew Stevenson has transformed the way his school presents data through the creation of the ‘Scorecard’. He outlines the key principles behind his approach.




How can you earn your staff’s respect as a new headteacher?

20 November 2014

A distinct challenge of early headship, especially in schools requiring improvement, is winning the respect and loyalty of your colleagues. Nick Bannister asks a group of headteachers to share their staff management and leadership advice.



Academies: Conflicts of interest

13 November 2014

In light of two damning reports looking into conflicts of interest within academies, legal expert Tom Wainwright warns of the importance of having clear policies to prevent conflicts arising.



Inspired by the 18th century Lunar Men

6 November 2014

The story of the Lunar Men of 18th century England has provided the inspiration for a new education charity seeking to drive change and transformation. Jim Wynn explains.


Guide To: Effective middle leadership

16 October 2014

SecEd's latest Guide To focuses on the skills and knowledge that teachers need to develop in order to become effective middle leaders and is available now for free download.


Four into one: A middle leadership challenge

16 October 2014

Leading a new faculty bringing together four subjects areas was certainly a challenge for Louise Pleasance. She explains how she gained buy-in from the staff and offers some general advice.


It's time to commit to a 'whole education'

16 October 2014

SecEd is a supporter of the Whole Education Network, which is hosting its 5th national conference next month. David Crossley reflects on why the time is right to commit to an entitlement to a ‘whole education’.


Addiction among teachers

9 October 2014

What happens when one of your teachers faces a personal problem of addiction? Legal expert Clare Young offers her advice.


Effective school-to-school support

2 October 2014

Seconded to another school, senior leader Dominique Gobbi was tasked with supporting teaching quality and the development of middle leadership.



The Learner: SSAT National Conference 2014

25 September 2014

What does it mean to be a learner in 2014? This is the question that will be tackled at the SSAT National Conference 2014 on December 4 and 5. Download SecEd's free preview supplement here.


Secrets of London’s success

18 September 2014

The improvement of London’s secondary schools since 2000 has been dramatic. Tony McAleavy considers the wider lessons we can learn.


It all starts with a coffee...

18 September 2014

Next week, thousands of schools will support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising money for cancer support. Katherine Blaize-Smith offers some tips.


Interventions to raise attainment

11 September 2014

Northumberland Park Community School put in place several interventions to raise its English results. Natasha Raheem explains.


Lessons from the Trojan Horse

4 September 2014

What lessons have we learnt about school governance as a result of the Trojan Horse affair? Emma Knights from the National Governors’ Association advises.


Literacy through science

3 July 2014

Science teacher Euan Douglas discusses his work to develop students’ literacy through and for science.

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