Middle leadership

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.



How to implement a new strategy as a middle leader

20 March 2014

Implementing a new strategy is a common challenge for middle leaders. Ann-Marie Smith discusses how she successfully embedded, monitored and evaluated a new approach to giving student feedback


How we achieved our best ever science results

27 February 2014

Zarina Ali discusses how her team supported GCSE double and triple science students, many of whom were on free school meals, to help achieve their school’s best ever results.


Strategies for EAL success

23 January 2014

For many schools, it is vital to have a robust strategy for supporting students who have English as an additional language. Hayley Jarvis explains some of her approaches, emphasising that it is not just about literacy.


Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

28 November 2013

The impact of Shaun McGuigan’s very simple literacy policy on his school and its students and teachers has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice. It is based on three fundamental premises, as he explains.


The seven secrets to middle leadership

14 November 2013

The cogs of middle leadership are among the most important in the school system, but what are the secrets to being a successful and effective middle leader? Ben Solly offers seven key pieces of advice.




Training future leaders

11 October 2012

Shenley Brook End School has opened a Leadership and Training Centre to support leadership development across the area. Chris Holmwood explains.

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