Senior leadership

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


The cornerstones of character: Leadership

15 November 2017

The importance of good leadership in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like



Successful school-to-school collaboration

1 November 2017

At the heart of the self-improving school system is school-to-school collaboration, but how can collaboration work effectively for the benefit of all involved? Claudia Sumner and Karen Wespieser look at the research evidence


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


Pay and conditions: Passing the threshold

27 September 2017

Teachers who have passed the threshold and moved onto the upper pay range should be making ‘substantial and sustained’ contributions to their schools. Brian Rossiter looks at how the threshold system should work and some of the related challenges facing schools


Effective teacher performance review and appraisal practices

13 September 2017

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document applies to all maintained schools and the majority of academies. Brian Rossiter shares advice on good appraisal practice as part of the Professional Development Review cycle and performance-related pay


CPD: Pupil-focused and ‘direct’

13 September 2017

If CPD is to have a positive impact on pupil outcomes, then it has to be ‘direct’. Jessica Brosnan explains how you can redesign your CPD for maximum pupil impact


Finding in-school efficiencies

13 September 2017

New ways to drive efficiencies in a secondary school – five important things to consider. Josh Greaves talks about the challenges schools face in the current economic climate and offers his advice


Leadership: Start as you mean to go on…

6 September 2017

As the new academic year begins, what priorities should school leaders focus on in the coming weeks? Experienced former headteacher Dr Bernard Trafford advises


Arguing the case for a happiness approach

6 September 2017

Happiness is the one thing you need to turbo-charge your pupils and your school, according to Andy Cope. He argues for ‘positive education’ and says that if we get happiness right, results will follow



When leadership gets real...

5 July 2017

What’s the result when you combine leadership development with real-life school challenges? Liam Donnison speaks to two aspiring leaders about their recent experiences


Women in school leadership

5 July 2017

The gender gap in school leadership persists. Drawing on research into why gender gaps exist and the self-perceptions of both men and women, school leader Caroline Sherwood offers her own poignant and honest reflections


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



Five unusual questions asked by heads

21 June 2017

Dealing with ice creams, dive-bombing seagulls and romantic attention from parents – Rebecca Oram shares the more unexpected tasks of a school leader...


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


The four Ps of cyber-security in schools

14 June 2017

The WannaCry ransomware attack hitting, among others, the NHS has brought into focus the vulnerability of some public services. Online safety expert Claire Stead discusses four key aspects to consider


Teachers on Twitter: Is it CPD?

7 June 2017

A lot of teachers will wax lyrical about the power of Twitter when it comes to sharing resources and best practice, but what exactly should be its role in our CPD? Maria Cunningham advises


A workload audit: Thirty key questions for your school

24 May 2017

We all know that teachers work well beyond their designated hours, but just how can schools help to adjust the work/life balance for their staff? Drawing on the government’s Workload Survey and expert working groups, Suzanne O’Connell poses 30 self-evaluation questions for senior leaders


The secrets of a happy staffroom

24 May 2017

A vibrant staffroom can make a huge difference to a school. Head George McMillan gives Liam Donnison his perspectives on leading a happy and motivated school team


Governance: Building an effective team

24 May 2017

The role of the chair of governors and governing body in a school is vital. Ian Armitage looks at the attributes that effective boards – and effective chairs – need to succeed


Conducting an audit of your teaching assistant provision

17 May 2017

Are your school’s teaching assistants effective? Or perhaps we should ask: do you train, deploy and manage them effectively? Daniel Sobel says that poor use of TAs can harm student outcomes. He explains how to carry out an effective audit of your TA provision

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