Leadership and Policy

Fundraising: Balancing the school books

3 April 2014

A group of 20 school leaders from both state and private schools recently met to discuss the role and future of income generation in schools. Julia Reid discusses some of the ideas and issues that were on the table.


Improving data processes

3 April 2014

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Helena Romanes School was judged ‘good’. Assistant headteacher Neal Foster explains the strategies they have for using data and supporting staff as they now aim for outstanding.


A journey to outstanding

27 March 2014

When principal Harry French arrived at his school he was the third head in three terms. He discusses some of the problems they faced and how a focus on aspirations and creating a culture of learning is paying dividends.


We need to talk about education

27 March 2014

A new book commissioned by Teach First has sought to lift the lid on the barriers that disadvantaged young people face to education and achievement. Authors Ben Faccini and Greg Villalobos explain what they found and we print some extracts from the teache


The Equality Act and your pupils

27 March 2014

Ensuring your school meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and does not discriminate against pupils is vital. Legal expert Amanda Lyons looks at some key areas.


Do you understand VAT?

27 March 2014

VAT is a complicated tax and it is easy for academies and free schools to make mistakes. We ask expert Helen Elliott for some advice.



How to implement a new strategy as a middle leader

20 March 2014

Implementing a new strategy is a common challenge for middle leaders. Ann-Marie Smith discusses how she successfully embedded, monitored and evaluated a new approach to giving student feedback



An open data challenge

20 March 2014

A new £40,000 challenge is seeking ideas that make effective use of open data to help parents engage with their children’s education. Ed Parkes explains.


Strike advice

20 March 2014

With on-going industrial action affecting schools across England, legal experts Paul Menham and Paul Maddock look at how school leaders might minimise the disruption for pupils and parents while still respecting their staff’s right to take strike action.


Professional study tour to Finland and Sweden

13 March 2014

The Finnish and Swedish education systems are often looked to as inspiration for our own. SecEd is running a specialist cultural and professional tour to the two countries in August designed especially for UK educators.


Single-sex classrooms

13 March 2014

A number of co-educational state schools have moved to single-sex classes in key subjects. Nick Morrison reports on the effects some of these schools have seen.



Tea, toast and collaboration

27 February 2014

Is collaboration and joint reflection part of your staff’s daily routine? The Baverstock Academy has embraced the idea of in-school collaboration with some astounding results. After a visit to the school, Chris Smith looks at why this approach can be so p


FAQs – the changes to SEN

27 February 2014

The new approach to SEN provision, now before Parliament, will give children and their families more of a say and make teachers more accountable for pupils’ progress. Amy Cook answers school leaders’ questions on what the reforms may mean for schools


How we achieved our best ever science results

27 February 2014

Zarina Ali discusses how her team supported GCSE double and triple science students, many of whom were on free school meals, to help achieve their school’s best ever results.



Is your leadership child-centred?

6 February 2014

At a time of increasing pressure on schools, how can we ensure our leadership remains child-centred? Educating Essex headteacher Vic Goddard tackles the question.


Preparing for PISA

6 February 2014

Preparations are already underway for the PISA 2015 assessments. Martin Ripley, who is involved in the UK management of the tests, explains the process.


School sporting priorities

6 February 2014

The Youth Sport Trust national conference this week shines a spotlight on school sport. John Steele looks at the implications of recent developments including curriculum and accountability changes, and the Sport Premium.


Handling difficult parents

6 February 2014

Schools often have to handle high expectations and demands from their parents, but what happens when things get out of hand? Helen Otty and Andrew McGregor look at what lessons can be learned from a recent legal case involving a private school.


Strategies for stretching your most able students

30 January 2014

Senior leader Laura Grainger discusses her project to improve the attainment of high-ability students, including a specific focus on year 11 and encouraging every child to aim for an A grade in at least one GCSE.


Strategies for EAL success

23 January 2014

For many schools, it is vital to have a robust strategy for supporting students who have English as an additional language. Hayley Jarvis explains some of her approaches, emphasising that it is not just about literacy.


The evolving role of SBMs

16 January 2014

Data suggests that school business managers are taking on new and wider responsibilities. Christopher Woolfrey takes a closer look.

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