Senior leadership

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.




Taking the step up to the SLT

8 January 2015

SecEd is a supporter of the Future Leaders programme. Here, Jessica West details her journey from middle to senior leadership via the initiative and discusses some of the challenges she has faced along the way.


Case study: Simplifying data use

4 December 2014

Matthew Stevenson has transformed the way his school presents data through the creation of the ‘Scorecard’. He outlines the key principles behind his approach.


How can you earn your staff’s respect as a new headteacher?

20 November 2014

A distinct challenge of early headship, especially in schools requiring improvement, is winning the respect and loyalty of your colleagues. Nick Bannister asks a group of headteachers to share their staff management and leadership advice.



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.


Effective school-to-school support

2 October 2014

Seconded to another school, senior leader Dominique Gobbi was tasked with supporting teaching quality and the development of middle leadership.


Lessons from the Trojan Horse

4 September 2014

What lessons have we learnt about school governance as a result of the Trojan Horse affair? Emma Knights from the National Governors’ Association advises.


NQT Special: Five steps to failure!

26 June 2014

School leaders Sean Harris and Ben Ryder explain the five steps NQTs should definitely avoid if they want to have an impact beyond their NQT year!

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