Government policy

Delivering the duty on ‘British values’

22 January 2015

The government’s focus on ‘British values’ means that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is firmly back on the map. Phil Parker warns against this being a tick-box exercise.

Selection at 11 – a very English debate

4 December 2014

The public debate over academic selection at 11 has once again ignited. Professor Chris Husbands wonders why, when all the evidence argues against this approach to education.

Academies: Conflicts of interest

13 November 2014

In light of two damning reports looking into conflicts of interest within academies, legal expert Tom Wainwright warns of the importance of having clear policies to prevent conflicts arising.

Inspired by the 18th century Lunar Men

6 November 2014

The story of the Lunar Men of 18th century England has provided the inspiration for a new education charity seeking to drive change and transformation. Jim Wynn explains.

It's time to commit to a 'whole education'

16 October 2014

SecEd is a supporter of the Whole Education Network, which is hosting its 5th national conference next month. David Crossley reflects on why the time is right to commit to an entitlement to a ‘whole education’.

The Learner: SSAT National Conference 2014

25 September 2014

What does it mean to be a learner in 2014? This is the question that will be tackled at the SSAT National Conference 2014 on December 4 and 5. Download SecEd's free preview supplement here.

Secrets of London’s success

18 September 2014

The improvement of London’s secondary schools since 2000 has been dramatic. Tony McAleavy considers the wider lessons we can learn.

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.

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.

10 steps to a world class education system

17 October 2013

Ahead of this year’s Whole Education conference, David Crossley draws on the views of national and international education leaders to define how we can build a world class system. He offers 10 key ways forward and a manifesto for change.

NQT special: Standing up for your rights as a new teacher

27 June 2013

It is vital that new teachers know their rights and entitlements as they adjust to life at the chalkface. The NASUWT’s Chris Keates discusses the importance of supporting our NQTs and explains why and how the union is challenging government to help protec

What does PISA teach us?

14 March 2013

Ministers constantly refer to the international PISA study to justify reforms. Diane Lloyd asks if we should be relying so heavily on the PISA rankings.

The misuse of international studies in UK education

21 February 2013

The misuse and oversimplification of international surveys and comparisons can lead to misleading statements being made about English education. Dr Newman Burdett looks at how we should be interpreting international data.

Comberton's academy conversion

31 January 2013

In the final of his series of four articles looking at the pros and cons of academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Comberton Village College, which has embraced conversion.

Saying no to academy conversion

24 January 2013

Continuing his look at academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Hadley Learning Community about why they decided to say no.

The pros and cons of academy conversion

10 January 2013

In the first of a four-part series, Peter Chambers looks at the benefits and disadvantages, as seen by school leaders themselves, of academy conversion.

Spotlight on American education

6 December 2012

Continuing her look at education systems across the world, Ann Puntis reports on the introduction of common core education standards across America ― a radical and challenging reform.

Pedagogy unplugged ― understanding how children learn

8 November 2012

From teacher collaboration to how children learn, the work of Professor Bill Lucas is providing a blueprint for 21st century education. We preview his speech at the forthcoming SSAT National Conference when he will encourage teachers to ask: How can I do

Five approaches that will make our schools world class

24 October 2012

The Whole Education Network champions and shares innovative practice in education. David Crossley considers five key approaches in areas including assessment, accountability and teacher creativity that will help our schools to become world class.

Spotlight on Malaysia

4 October 2012

With UK ministers often looking abroad for inspiration, Ann Puntis continues her look at international education systems.

Spotlight on Singapore

5 July 2012

Singapore is often quoted by the education secretary as a system to which the UK must aspire. Ann Puntis takes a look.

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