Senior leadership

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!


Coaching strategies for school improvement

22 May 2014

When he was asked to lead improvements within his school’s humanities faculty, senior leader Michael Burns used a strategy of coaching to help staff develop their teaching practice and raise student achievement.



Ready for secondary?

1 May 2014

The government’s insistence that a key part of primary education is to ensure pupils are ‘secondary-ready’ has caused much debate. Gerald Haigh argues that transition is a joint responsibility.



A journey to outstanding

27 March 2014

When principal Harry French arrived at his school he was the third head in three terms. He discusses some of the problems they faced and how a focus on aspirations and creating a culture of learning is paying dividends.


We need to talk about education

27 March 2014

A new book commissioned by Teach First has sought to lift the lid on the barriers that disadvantaged young people face to education and achievement. Authors Ben Faccini and Greg Villalobos explain what they found and we print some extracts from the teache

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