Governance and management

KISS: Rules of engagement

12 October 2016

The management technique Keep-Improve-Start-Stop – or KISS – can be used as an effective leadership tool to deliver powerful results, says Howard Jackson. He explains how it might work in an education setting

Advice for those schools considering academy conversion

15 June 2016

Schools across England will be considering what the government’s complete academisation ambition means for them. Leora Cruddas, an expert from the Association of School and College Leaders, offers some advice to help leaders reflect on this crucial issue

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

Analysis: Clear messages from public benefit debate

9 September 2015

The issue of public benefit and independent schools is back on the education agenda. John Clarke considers the implications for state and independent schools after a recent House of Lords debate

Detecting fraud: Advice for governors

3 July 2015

Following the jailing of an academy’s head of finance for diverting school money into her own bank account, legal expert Helen Otty asks just how liable academy governors are

Working with your governors

11 June 2015

The effectiveness of governing bodies is now strongly linked to school improvement and successful inspection outcomes. Harry James considers some of the basics of strong relationships between leadership and governors

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.

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.

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.

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.

Governors driving STEM

19 June 2014

With the national focus on encouraging take-up of STEM subjects, Ellie Howarth reports on a framework of questions that has been compiled to help governors drive forward this important agenda.

Using data effectively

19 June 2014

Using data more intelligently is no longer an optional extra for secondary schools. Paul Charman from FFT gives examples of how some of their schools are using data effectively.

Getting a grip on data

15 May 2014

With levels disappearing and performance benchmarks changing, data is becoming ever more vital to school leaders. Paul Grubb looks at using data as a tool for long-term school improvement.

What is good governance?

8 May 2014

There has been much government rhetoric about stronger governance, but has this translated into practice on the ground? Fergal Roche outlines his vision of an effective and challenging governing body.

The top 5 concerns facing school leaders

24 April 2014

What are the big five concerns facing school leaders today? Philippa Wilding discusses the most common worries she encounters and offers some solutions.

The rise and rise of big data

3 April 2014

The intelligent use of data is increasingly vital, not least when working in collaboration. As such, SSAT and SecEd have joined together to offer schools a free taster of the new Educational Outcomes database. Chris Smith explains.

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.

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.

Avoiding the pitfalls of tablet leasing and procurement

28 November 2013

With many schools moving to one-to-one handheld devices, new leasing and finance schemes are emerging. Valerie Thompson outlines some of the risks – and lists the questions you must ask before signing up.

NQT Special: Develop four outstanding habits

28 November 2013

As an NQT, ensuring you start as you mean to go on with your CPD is vital. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, David Weston offers four effective professional development habits.

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