Legislation and guidance

A roadmap to statutory RSE

14 November 2018

As secondary schools begin to think about delivering statutory RSE in September 2020, Lucy Emmerson offers a roadmap to help plan ahead


Ready for 2020? RSE and health education

14 November 2018

The consultation over proposed guidance for statutory relationships and sex education and health education has closed. John Rees looks at how schools might begin preparing for these vital new subjects


Reviewing your safeguarding practice

19 September 2018

A big focus for schools this term will be ensuring proper implementation of the updated statutory safeguarding guidance. Sam Preston considers the new requirements and offers some practical advice


Keeping children safe

13 June 2018

Working together to keep our children safe is crucial. With new safeguarding guidance for schools, Matt Bawden considers how safeguarding training and practice links into a school’s vision and values



GDPR: Support your data protection officer

6 June 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation is now in effect and all schools must have a data protection officer in position. Beth Walton looks at how schools must now support their DPO to carry out their duties effectively


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



Inclusion, equality and the law

18 April 2018

There are a range of statutory requirements that all schools must meet to ensure the inclusion of children and young people with disabilities and SEN. Navin Kikabhai looks at what the law requires and offers best practice advice


The Academies Show 2018

3 April 2018
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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


Five unusual questions asked by heads

21 June 2017

Dealing with ice creams, dive-bombing seagulls and romantic attention from parents – Rebecca Oram shares the more unexpected tasks of a school leader...


Spotting the early signs of abuse

3 May 2017

Most schools are clear about those signs of abuse and neglect that should lead to a referral. But what about those subtle first warning signs that something needs further investigation? NICE has released draft guidance to help schools and others know what these are. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look


What exactly is asbestos?

26 April 2017

With around 85 per cent of UK schools containing asbestos, SecEd has long written about the implications of managing this potentially deadly material. Brook Spencer considers what asbestos is and why it is a danger


Effective induction for new governors

8 March 2017

Are your school’s governors being inducted effectively? Alex Collinson offers some induction tips to help you ensure your governors remain in post for longer




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


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


NQT Special: Some FAQs about NQTs

25 November 2015

Alex Collinson looks at the FAQs that school leaders in England have about how they should be supporting their NQTs and considers relevant government guidance when it comes to NQTs


Stocking emergency inhalers in school

7 October 2015

A year ago, the law changed to allow schools to buy emergency inhalers without prescription. However, anecdotal evidence gathered by the British Journal of School Nursing and SecEd shows that some schools are unaware of the changes or have encountered challenges in implementation. Caroline Voogd ...



The SEN Code of Practice explained

4 December 2014

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes.


The Equality Act and your pupils

27 March 2014

Ensuring your school meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and does not discriminate against pupils is vital. Legal expert Amanda Lyons looks at some key areas.


FAQs – the changes to SEN

27 February 2014

The new approach to SEN provision, now before Parliament, will give children and their families more of a say and make teachers more accountable for pupils’ progress. Amy Cook answers school leaders’ questions on what the reforms may mean for schools

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