Government policy

A workload audit: Thirty key questions for your school

24 May 2017

We all know that teachers work well beyond their designated hours, but just how can schools help to adjust the work/life balance for their staff? Drawing on the government’s Workload Survey and expert working groups, Suzanne O’Connell poses 30 self-evaluation questions for senior leaders


Curriculum: The influence of ED Hirsch...

17 May 2017

As part of his Master’s studies, teacher Greg Sloan has dissected the impact that ED Hirsch’s influence on education ministers has had on our curriculum culture. He argues why this will do nothing for the culture of success in our schools...


National Funding Formula: Analysis and advice

1 March 2017

Understanding the National Funding Formula, its limitations and how it will affect your school is vitally important. As the second consultation period draws to a close, Julia Harnden analyses the current proposals


Analysing the UK’s PISA results

1 March 2017

The latest PISA findings shine a light on UK performance in maths, science and reading. However, they should be read in context and with caution. Dorothy Lepkowska takes a look


Regulations: Staying compliant

25 January 2017

What do you really have to do to stay compliant this year? Do you know the requirements from the myths? Marianne Pope puts some commonly (mis)understood expectations to the test


Character, ethos and your school website

4 January 2017

Is your school website dull and dry or does it communicate the ethos, character and heart of your school? In the context of character education, Matt Bawden offers some advice


Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.



The Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development

14 September 2016

A new DfE Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development has been published. Chair of the independent group of experts who put the document together, David Weston, looks at what it means for schools and teachers’ CPD


Academies: The $64,000 question

7 September 2016

Does academy conversion raise standards? This key question has been long argued over, especially since 2010. New research from NFER attempts to provide some answers. Jack Worth looks at the findings


School leadership: Time to end the hero head myth

7 September 2016

With a significant proportion of headteachers approaching retirement, a report has raised concerns that the government’s leadership succession plan is still too reliant on ‘hero heads’. Its author James Croft says it is time to think differently about leadership and give schools more responsibility ...


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



A leadership view of the White Paper

18 May 2016

The government may have changed its mind on compulsory academisation, but there is a lot more to the White Paper than this. ASCL’s Duncan Baldwin offers his analysis from a leadership perspective


Ready to report your gender pay gap?

4 May 2016

Schools will soon have to report on their gender pay gaps, and those with high differences could face being named and shamed. Expert David Hession explains



Ideas for developing pupils’ resilience

20 April 2016

They may be the most examined, but many believe that today's children are the most 'untested' in history. So, how can we nurture the resilience they will need in their lives ahead? Garry Freeman offers some advice


Character education resources released

20 April 2016

Teaching Character Through Subjects – the new government-funded character education resources – have been released. Matt Bawden explains what they are all about


Boosting students’ interest in STEM

20 April 2016

The Your Life campaign’s Tough Choices report highlights the issue of declining interest in STEM as students get older and looks to inspire schools and industry to tackle the problem. Rhiannon Thomas explains


Embedding character in the curriculum

9 March 2016

As we near the publication of new, government-backed character education resources, Matt Bawden pulls together the broader themes to have emerged from the work that has gone into their creation



Character Education: Engaging the three key groups

3 February 2016

Continuing his series on character education, expert Matt Bawden reports from the Character Matters event and discusses how to grow support with three crucial groups – students, parents and the wider community



Advice on tackling radicalisation

25 November 2015

As schools implement the Prevent Duty to tackle radicalisation among students, Hanif Qadir – a government advisor and leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists – gives us some key messages


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