Middle leadership

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


Designing your subject’s curriculum

21 June 2017

Are you a middle leader charged with creating your department’s curriculum and schemes of work? Jemma Sherwood offers five things to consider when undertaking this vital task


Four steps to a successful Ofsted

14 June 2017

To help you speak confidently to inspectors and understand what they are looking for, inspections specialist Stephen Rollett offers four practical steps...


Make your meetings count

14 June 2017

Stop, look and listen – school leader Phil Denton offers some reflection and advice on how we can make our meetings count and ensure our time is not wasted


Interventions to raise attainment in MFL

24 May 2017

A project focused on raising attainment in French and Spanish saw Karine Buffon introduce a number of interventions, especially targeting disadvantaged and underachieving pupils


Case study: Driving progress in MFL

15 March 2017

Lead practitioner Anna Pethybridge discusses her school’s work to drive up progress in MFL, including a focus on teaching and learning and effective staff deployment


Making the leap to headship

8 February 2017

Making the move from deputy headteacher to headteacher can seem a daunting challenge. Experienced head Dr Jill Berry offers her advice on achieving the step up and making a success of your first headship



Five ideas for boosting your CPD in 2017

11 January 2017

Will you make CPD a priority in 2017? Bridget Clay offers five new year’s resolutions for your CPD – whether you are a teacher, a middle or a senior leader


Case study: Mathematics and numeracy

4 January 2017

Head of maths Sam Moncaster discusses his school’s work to embed maths across the curriculum and to improve numeracy skills for weaker pupils


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.


Leading effective CPD across your department

23 November 2016

Middle leaders now have a key role in securing effective CPD for their teams – but what are the best ways to achieve this across your department? Bridget Clay advises

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