Government policy

Safeguarding changes: Will they make a difference?

2 May 2018

Schools are on the front-line when it comes to safeguarding our children. With government guidance currently being overhauled after the Children and Social Work Act, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what schools should be aware of



The Academies Show 2018

3 April 2018
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Now in its eighth year, The Academies Show is the leading education event for all schools, covering every facet of the education system.


Preparing schools for PISA 2018

14 March 2018

As PISA 2018 gets under way, the NFER’s Rebecca Wheater looks at how it works, what it tells us, and explains why it’s important for schools to take part


Exclusion: Back from the brink?

14 March 2018

Finishing her three-part series focused on exclusion and the negative impact that this can have for so many young people, Karen Sullivan looks at why and how we might keep more students in the mainstream system


GDPR: The countdown continues

7 March 2018

The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in just under three months’ time. Al Kingsley advises


Prevent: A curriculum issue?

7 February 2018

Earlier this year, a report into multi-agency Prevent work suggested a shift in focus for this agenda in schools. Author Dr David Lundie sets out his findings


Teaching languages: Some tips and a call to action!

7 February 2018

Language education is under pressure at a time when language learning could not be more important for the next generation. Suzanne O’Farrell gives us some tips for teaching languages, and issues a rallying call...


Are you ready for GDPR?

24 January 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect on May 25. Steve Baines discusses how schools should be preparing




Successful school-to-school collaboration

1 November 2017

At the heart of the self-improving school system is school-to-school collaboration, but how can collaboration work effectively for the benefit of all involved? Claudia Sumner and Karen Wespieser look at the research evidence



How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains


The influence of ED Hirsch: A response

14 June 2017

A recent piece in SecEd critiqued the influence of ED Hirsch on our politicians and our curriculum. Having read the arguments, teacher Michael Fordham offers his response, arguing that our curriculum is far from a Hirschian one


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

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