Middle leadership

KISS: Rules of engagement

12 October 2016

The management technique Keep-Improve-Start-Stop – or KISS – can be used as an effective leadership tool to deliver powerful results, says Howard Jackson. He explains how it might work in an education setting

Leadership: Seven useful questions

6 July 2016

When challenges arise, the most inspirational school leaders use seven powerful questions to promote professional dialogue, encourage staff ownership and ensure clear communication. David Weston explains

The key tenets of a successful subject department

22 June 2016

Setting up a department from scratch is both an attractive and a daunting challenge. Middle leader Toby Fisher explains the key principles he put at the centre of the music department at his brand-new start-up school

How to be an effective mentor

18 May 2016

Mentoring new teachers and colleagues can be challenging, but also a valuable learning experience for both mentors and mentees. Kathy Oxtoby looks at how to fulfil the role effectively

Five tips for the new middle leader

2 March 2016

Surviving as a new and young middle leader can be challenging. Drawing upon his own experience, Matthew Atherton offers five pieces of advice for new middle leaders

Change-management: Tips for success

2 December 2015

After leading significant change in her science department, specialist leader of education Helen Seath discusses some of the lessons she has learned

Managing a project – a route-map to success

18 November 2015

Middle leaders will often find themselves charged with driving a whole-school or whole-department initiative to raise achievement or close the gap. Dan Walton offers his advice on how to ensure yours is a success

Implementing a whole-school strategy

9 September 2015

Members of the school leadership team are often challenging to implement whole-school strategies. Josie Gallagher outlines the four key principles that will help your implementation plan to succeed

Feedback for impact

1 July 2015

Sarah Taylor offers five steps to embedding an effective marking strategy

Creating a new teaching team

25 June 2015

School leader Natasha Boyce discusses how a focus on writing skills and active learning is helping to transform her school’s humanities department and create an effective teaching team

CPD: Introducing seven-minute coaching

7 May 2015

Coaching is accepted as an effective professional development tool, but finding the time during a busy school day is always a challenge. Amy Benziane discusses the concept of ‘quick coaching’

Improving diversity among leaders

7 May 2015

A government scheme is helping BME teachers into school leadership roles – where they are currently sorely under-represented. David Hermitt explains

Case study: The Success Squad

26 February 2015

A project that trains support staff to take on a mentoring role has helped to boost the performance of borderline students in both English and mathematics. Jennifer Kenwright explains.

Making an impact in your department

22 January 2015

After his inner city English department achieved above average results, including excellent pupil progress, we asked Russell Harris to reflect on what strategies made the difference.

Guide To: Effective middle leadership

16 October 2014

SecEd's latest Guide To focuses on the skills and knowledge that teachers need to develop in order to become effective middle leaders and is available now for free download.

Four into one: A middle leadership challenge

16 October 2014

Leading a new faculty bringing together four subjects areas was certainly a challenge for Louise Pleasance. She explains how she gained buy-in from the staff and offers some general advice.

Interventions to raise attainment

11 September 2014

Northumberland Park Community School put in place several interventions to raise its English results. Natasha Raheem explains.

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