Leadership and Policy

CPD: Introducing seven-minute coaching

7 May 2015

Coaching is accepted as an effective professional development tool, but finding the time during a busy school day is always a challenge. Amy Benziane discusses the concept of ‘quick coaching’


Improving diversity among leaders

7 May 2015

A government scheme is helping BME teachers into school leadership roles – where they are currently sorely under-represented. David Hermitt explains


Implications of the Headteachers' Standards

30 April 2015

The Headteachers’ Standards are an ‘ambitious and motivating set of statements’, says Roy Blatchford, who breaks down what they mean for leadership practice and looks at his own key traits of inspiring leaders





Case study: Developing students' character

19 March 2015

Assistant headteacher Emma Orr has a specific brief to promote character education at her school. She describes some of their approaches to developing key character skills



Funding for school buildings

19 March 2015

Finding the money to repair and maintain your school buildings is a major headache for school leaders. Kate Gilliford looks at some possible funding streams.


Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

12 March 2015

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.


Case study: The Success Squad

26 February 2015

A project that trains support staff to take on a mentoring role has helped to boost the performance of borderline students in both English and mathematics. Jennifer Kenwright explains.


A strategic framework for governors

26 February 2015

Setting the strategic direction of a school is one of the governing body’s core functions, but it can be challenging for some. Ellie Howarth explains the elements of effective strategic governance set out in a new resource.



Legal options for tackling social media abuse

5 February 2015

Last week, SecEd looked at practical steps teachers and schools can take to stay safe online. Here, experts Andrew McGregor and Paul Maddock look at what legal recourse schools have when tackling social media abuse.


Making an impact in your department

22 January 2015

After his inner city English department achieved above average results, including excellent pupil progress, we asked Russell Harris to reflect on what strategies made the difference.


Delivering the duty on ‘British values’

22 January 2015

The government’s focus on ‘British values’ means that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is firmly back on the map. Phil Parker warns against this being a tick-box exercise.


Case study: Some outstanding advice

22 January 2015

Lampton School operates in difficult circumstances but has recently received another ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. With a focus on data, assistant headteacher Alex Leggett explains how the school has done it.




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.



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