Senior leadership


A governance skills audit

17 January 2018

The importance of a skills audit in securing the governors that your school needs should not be underestimated. Ian Armitage advises


Leadership and staff retention: Organisational structures (part 2)

10 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part two, Matt Bromley considers the most common organisational structures and how they link to staff satisfaction, motivation and retention



The cornerstones of character: Accountability

10 January 2018

The importance of good accountability 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



Leadership and staff retention: Surgeons vs architects (part 1)

3 January 2018

In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the links between school leadership and the retention and recruitment of school staff. In part one, he considers research into the different types of leadership approach – and the implications of these for school staff


Effective performance management practices

6 December 2017

Is your school’s performance management helpful or harmful? Maria Cunningham looks at the evidence and explains how to make effective performance management and appraisal systems that contribute to genuine teacher development and improvement


Devising an effective fundraising strategy

29 November 2017

A carefully thought-out fundraising strategy that links closely with your school improvement plan could be considered an essential for schools. Expert Brin Best discusses how to devise an effective fundraising strategy for your school


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


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