Governance and management

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.



School data – Getting back to basics

4 July 2013

The collection and use of data is vital in schools today, but it is not the whole story. Former head Gerald Haigh visits three schools to find out how they use data and its place in school improvement strategies.


BYOD and data security in schools

20 June 2013

With the increasing popularity of Bring Your Own Device programmes, Darren Pepper considers how schools might manage data security and e-safety.


The secrets to strong governance

23 May 2013

In the face of the many challenges embroiling education, David Hanson looks at why and how strong governance, and good working relationships with headteachers, can help schools to be successful.


What are your school’s values?

18 April 2013

You may associate ‘branding’ with the business world, but Amanda Peck looks at why and how schools should consider their own brand and values as an organisation.



Using data for school improvement

14 March 2013

The latest SecEd Guide To looks at using data effectively to drive school improvement. It considers the three core strands of data, the intelligent use of this information by all school staff, and using data to survive Ofsted inspections. The free PDF dow


Risky data – are your data protection procedures up to scratch?

17 January 2013

A survey of 1,000 schools has found that around half have inadequate policies on data protection and information security. Legal expert Ros Foster looks at the challenges facing schools and the need for many to update their policies and practices on manag


Advice for using RAISEonline 2012

10 January 2013

RAISEonline 2012 contains some significant changes. Colin Logan looks at what additional information can be gleaned from these online reports to help you when Ofsted comes calling.


Using your MIS effectively

18 October 2012

Alex George explains how his school has used its management information system to tackle behaviour and raise attainment.


Building up your brand

5 July 2012

We may not like it, but having a strong brand is increasingly important for today's schools. Deborah Benady offers some advice.

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