Whole-school issues

Getting your SEN Information Report right

12 October 2016

Schools are required to present a wealth of information on their websites and key among this is the SEN Information Report. Inclusion and SEN expert Garry Freeman advises

Character, the community and your school ethos

5 October 2016

Character education is at the heart of personal development and often defines a school’s ethos. But how best can we deliver these messages of personal development to parents and into the community. Matt Bawden looks at some different approaches

Key stage 3: Avoiding the year 8 ‘dip’

28 September 2016

Continuing his focus on key stage 3 education, Matt Bromley looks at how we can tackle the common problem of the year 8 ‘dip’, when students can suffer from a lack of motivation and engagement

Getting honest with your school's student data

28 September 2016

In an era of big data, we can easily lose our way navigating the wealth of information we collect. Assistant principal Giselle Hobbs decided to go back to basics with her school’s new approach to data

The Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development

14 September 2016

A new DfE Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development has been published. Chair of the independent group of experts who put the document together, David Weston, looks at what it means for schools and teachers’ CPD

Key stage 3: Year 6 to 7 transition

14 September 2016

This term in SecEd, Matt Bromley is focusing on boosting outcomes for learners at key stage 3. He looks here at the process of transition and how we can best help pupils to prepare and cope with the move from year 6 to 7

A simple, whole-school behaviour system

7 September 2016

After touring schools across the country, school leader Matthew Stevenson and his colleagues developed Ready to Learn – an approach to behaviour management that supports all teachers. He explains how

Academies: The $64,000 question

7 September 2016

Does academy conversion raise standards? This key question has been long argued over, especially since 2010. New research from NFER attempts to provide some answers. Jack Worth looks at the findings

Leadership: Seven useful questions

6 July 2016

When challenges arise, the most inspirational school leaders use seven powerful questions to promote professional dialogue, encourage staff ownership and ensure clear communication. David Weston explains

Taking educated risks: part 4

6 July 2016

In the final part of this series, Matt Bromley pulls together his discussions on what professional teacher autonomy means and its links to outstanding practice. Here, he discusses what risk-taking in teaching and learning, in this context, looks like and why it is important

Supporting excellent teaching and learning

22 June 2016

A Teaching and Learning Team, CPD triads, coaching and quality-assurance all helped to raise standards of teaching and learning at one school. Cassie McClelland explains more

Taking back control of education

22 June 2016

What is the purpose of education? Graham Moore discusses the culture and relationships that are vital to what most teachers see as the true goals of education. He offers a range of ideas, and ultimately urges school leaders to put aside accountability and ministerial diktat and ask ‘What if?’

Taking educated risks: part 2

22 June 2016

In the second of his four-part series on taking risks in schools with teaching and learning, Matt Bromley explains how shared cultures and consistent approaches go hand-in-hand with encouraging teaching autonomy

Managing effective school-to-school partnerships

15 June 2016

Enabling the teaching profession to instigate, develop and lead school improvement is seen as an effective way of embedding educational reforms. Robert Smith explains how this has worked in Wales through school-to-school partnerships

Taking educated risks in our schools and our classrooms

15 June 2016

In this four-part series, Matt Bromley will be discussing how to encourage and manage a culture of risk-taking in your school’s teaching and learning. In part one, he discusses the challenges facing schools in different Ofsted categories, including the conundrum of teacher autonomy vs consistency

Advice for those schools considering academy conversion

15 June 2016

Schools across England will be considering what the government’s complete academisation ambition means for them. Leora Cruddas, an expert from the Association of School and College Leaders, offers some advice to help leaders reflect on this crucial issue

What’s next for key stage 3?

16 March 2016

With the increasing demands of key stage 4 and recent Ofsted criticism of provision in years 7, 8 and 9, Suanne O’Farrell looks at how schools can best use key stage 3 to support students’ achievement and their wider learning

Supporting transgender pupils

9 March 2016

Schools have legal and moral duties to support pupils who face gender identity issues or have gender dysphoria. Dr Stephanie Thornton explains and offers advice

Dealing with the pupil places shortage

9 March 2016

With pupil numbers on the rise and many schools already oversubscribed, Beth Walton looks at how we can manage the issues that come with an overcrowded system

The importance of relationships in school

3 February 2016

Truthfully – what is your school culture like? Do you see it as important? Graham Moore discusses the importance of relationships in schools, the four aspects to school culture, and argues why this is the most important aspect of a successful school

Case study: Sustainable schools

13 January 2016

Among the winners in last year’s Ashden Sustainable Schools Awards was North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. Principal Marion Plant explains what they did and how

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