Senior leadership

Dealing with issues of staff conduct

14 October 2015

There are times as a manager or school leader when the behaviour of a colleague needs to be addressed. Sonia Gill offers some advice on approaching these sensitive conversations professionally



The DNA of an effective school

23 September 2015

Ofsted guidelines change constantly, and while they do give schools something to focus on, research has shown that effectiveness comes from a set of fundamental principles that improve outcomes in all areas. Liam Donnison explains


#WomenEd: Connecting female leaders in education

23 September 2015

#WomenEd – the movement to challenge gender inequality in school leadership – is gaining momentum ahead of its first official ‘unconference’ on October 3. Co-founder Hannah Wilson recaps the debate that has brought us here and previews the event



Quality and Equity – SSAT National Conference 2015

16 September 2015

The SSAT National Conference 2015 – Quality and Equity – focuses on three core themes: Closing the Gaps, Raising the Bar, and Leading Learning. SecEd's preview supplement is out now, looking at the key issues, debates and sessions that will be taking place at the event


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


Analysis: Clear messages from public benefit debate

9 September 2015

The issue of public benefit and independent schools is back on the education agenda. John Clarke considers the implications for state and independent schools after a recent House of Lords debate


Golden rules for a stronger SLT

2 September 2015

What are the golden rules for creating the strongest senior leadership team for your school? In a new leadership advice series for SecEd, Colin McLean asks secondary leaders to share their tips


The risks of social networking

2 September 2015

Social media has brought a new way of communicating into our schools. It has also brought a risk of us sharing too much. Suzanne O'Connell seeks expert advice for school leaders


Maximising the impact of external CPD

3 July 2015

Staff and schools need to engage with external support in the right way if it is going to have a lasting impact on their practice and their students’ outcomes. Sarah Coskeran explains


Investigating volatility in exam results

18 June 2015

Last month, SecEd reported on research showing just how volatile a school’s exam results can be from year-to-year. It has led to calls for schools to be judged on a rolling basis across five years of results. Tim Oates explains



Ideas for developing students' cultural capital

18 June 2015

A trip to Eton as part of the Future Leaders programme challenged Kate Chhatwal’s preconceptions. She considers what the state sector can and is replicating from the privileged world of Eton


Working with your governors

11 June 2015

The effectiveness of governing bodies is now strongly linked to school improvement and successful inspection outcomes. Harry James considers some of the basics of strong relationships between leadership and governors


The key tenets to successful whole-school CPD

11 June 2015

A review of international research into effective professional development has set out a number of common approaches to structure and content that make CPD successful. Sarah Coskeran explains


How do parents choose a school?

4 June 2015

What do parents look for and prioritise when it comes to choosing a school for their children? A research project has sought to answer this question. Karen Wespieser reports


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


Implications of the Headteachers' Standards

30 April 2015

The Headteachers’ Standards are an ‘ambitious and motivating set of statements’, says Roy Blatchford, who breaks down what they mean for leadership practice and looks at his own key traits of inspiring leaders



Case study: Developing students' character

19 March 2015

Assistant headteacher Emma Orr has a specific brief to promote character education at her school. She describes some of their approaches to developing key character skills


Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

12 March 2015

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.


A strategic framework for governors

26 February 2015

Setting the strategic direction of a school is one of the governing body’s core functions, but it can be challenging for some. Ellie Howarth explains the elements of effective strategic governance set out in a new resource.



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