Middle leadership

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.


Literacy through science

3 July 2014

Science teacher Euan Douglas discusses his work to develop students’ literacy through and for science.


Engaging parents to drive pupil progress

12 June 2014

Parental support and engagement is crucial to a student’s chances of success. Shanaz Hussain discusses her work on a parental engagement programme to help improve pupil progress.


Improving the progress of SEND pupils

15 May 2014

Charged with improving the progress being made by SEND students in her school’s English department, middle leader Caroline Dutton describes some of the strategies her team is employing.


Lessons from the Toolkit

24 April 2014

The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit shows that effective strategies for homework, mentoring and feedback can all have a positive impact on student progress. Amy Benziane explains the work her that school’s English department has done in this area.


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