Middle leadership

After the lesson observation: Getting it right

17 October 2018

Last week, we focused on how schools and teachers can ensure ‘better’ classroom observation and evaluation. Archie McGlynn now looks at how we can get the post-observation interview and follow-up right


Computing: Whole-team schemes of work

17 October 2018

Involving teachers in creating your computing schemes of work – even those who aren’t computing experts – is something Terry Freedman strongly recommends...


Curriculum design and delivery (Part 1)

5 September 2018

In a new seven-part series, Matt Bromley will look at the central tenets of an effective curriculum and how to design and deliver this. He begins with a general discussion about what a good curriculum should look like


CPD workshop: Leading your team effectively

5 September 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at developing the skills and knowledge of those new to middle leadership


How to have a difficult conversation

5 September 2018

Difficult conversations are a frequent reality for many school leaders – whether they be with parents, teachers or middle leaders. John Rutter advises on handling these situations


Retention: Keeping your teachers

27 June 2018

Retaining talented teachers is a major concern for schools. Liam Donnison finds out about one school’s approach – the creation of an ‘academy improvement group’


Stepping up to the SLT: Part 3

27 June 2018

ln the final article of his three-part series on making the step up to a senior leadership post, school leader Phil Denton discusses how to succeed when interviewing for an SLT post


Stepping up to the SLT: Part 2

20 June 2018

In this three-part series, school leader Phil Denton is looking at making the step up to a senior leadership post. In part two, he focuses on making your application...


Stepping up to the SLT: Part 1

13 June 2018

In this three-part series, school leader Phil Denton looks at making the step up to a senior leadership post. He will describe a three-step process, which begins with finding the right post for you...


Nurturing tomorrow’s school leaders

16 May 2018

Good leadership development practice is crucial – both for the education system as a whole and for the retention of teachers. Jason Wing explains his approach



Running staff working groups in schools

14 March 2018

Staff working groups can be an effective approach to tackling a range of issues in school, not least planning/delivering CPD or developing practice in specific areas. John Rutter advises


Leading change in your school

14 March 2018

When an area of school life needs to be reviewed, refreshed and changed, it can sometimes be difficult to convince colleagues. Martin Matthews offers his advice on leading change


Leadership: A 100-day plan

7 February 2018

If you are starting a new middle or senior leadership role, Ben Solly recommends having a 100-day plan to help you hit the ground running



CPD workshop: First steps as a middle leader

22 November 2017

Our series offering free in-school CPD templates continues. Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides. This instalment looks at CPD for those taking their first steps into middle ...


Staff feedback: How to give hard messages

15 November 2017

Feedback – this time it’s professional. High-quality appraisal and feedback is essential to teachers’ professional development and progress. But the personal element can make these interactions difficult. John Dabell gives some advice


Coaching conversations: The key questions

8 November 2017

Coaching can be a powerful technique to help middle leaders support teachers in challenging circumstances. Martin Matthews looks at the basics and considers some key coaching questions


Leadership: Three questions for new headteachers

3 October 2017

What can you expect as you step-up to headship? Liam Donnison speaks to executive principal Peter Rubery, who offers three key questions to help you reflect on the challenges ahead


The middle leader’s toolkit

27 September 2017

With a focus on leading teaching, learning and your team, Steve Burnage gives us 10 areas for reflection as well as key advice on effective strategies to develop your skills and outcomes in middle leadership


The qualities of a strong geography department

20 September 2017

What are the characteristics of a quality geography department? Drawing on submissions from the most recent round of the Geography Quality Mark, Rebecca Kitchen offers some suggestions


Tips and resources for new PSHE leads

13 September 2017

With relationships and sex education set to become statutory and the importance of PSHE in its entirety increasingly recognised, Jenny Barksfield offers those who are new to leading this vital subject some practical advice and tips to get you started


Leading CPD as a middle leader

5 July 2017

With middle leaders having a clear and increasing role in driving CPD, Maria Cunningham outlines eight ways to be a more developmental middle leader


Leading a support staff team

5 July 2017

School support staff play a crucial role in the success of teachers and students. Steve Burnage outlines some successful strategies to enable support staff team leaders to lead and develop successful and highly motivated teams


Ten top tips for headteachers

21 June 2017

This summer, headteacher and SecEd contributor Dr Bernard Trafford retires after a long and successful career. We asked him to give us his top tips for aspiring and new school leaders

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