School Workforce

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


Supply teaching: Your legal duties

6 December 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. Matt Bromley looks at the legal duties of the supply teacher, not least when it comes to child protection and safeguarding


NQT Special: A planned lesson, not a lesson plan

29 November 2017

The art of planning lessons is a key challenge to master for the new teacher, both from the point of view of work/life balance and effective teaching practice. Matt Bromley advises




Case study: Recruitment, retention and CPD

29 November 2017

One of the secrets to the successful recruitment and retention of teaching staff at Neale-Wade Academy is the importance placed on CPD. Jason Wing explains






In-class marking and feedback

22 November 2017

Specialist Leader of Education, Adam Riches, proposes a strategy of in-class marking to drastically reduce workload while improving teacher feedback


CPD workshop: First steps as a middle leader

22 November 2017

Our series offering free in-school CPD templates continues. Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides. This instalment looks at CPD for those taking their first steps into middle ...


Supply teaching: Time for a different approach?

22 November 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. This week, we meet the exasperated supply teacher who set up her own ‘ethical’ supply agency and ask her for some ‘top tips’ as well


Running your own lesson study

15 November 2017

The lesson study process can be effective, rewarding and even fun for groups of teachers seeking to improve student outcomes or an element of practice. Roy Watson-Davis looks at how to structure a lesson study investigation


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


Supply teaching: Managing pupil behaviour

15 November 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. Here, school leader Ben Solly offers his behaviour management guidance for those constantly working with new classes from school to school


Supply teaching: Keeping an eye on your CPD

15 November 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. In this article, Bridget Clay offers advice on accessing high-quality professional development as a supply teacher


Coaching conversations: The key questions

8 November 2017

Coaching can be a powerful technique to help middle leaders support teachers in challenging circumstances. Martin Matthews looks at the basics and considers some key coaching questions


Supply teaching: Safeguarding – A shared duty...

8 November 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. Expert Sam Preston offers her safeguarding advice for supply staff, including practical tips about fulfilling your child protection duties and responsibilities


Housing: A helping hand

8 November 2017

The impact of stagnating salaries and rising housing costs is becoming clear for many in the teaching profession. Julian Stanley looks at what help is out there



CPD for school support staff

1 November 2017

Teacher development is a clear priority for the most effective schools, but how do you ensure that your support staff aren’t missing out on vital CPD? Bridget Clay advises


Supply teaching: How to prepare for a placement

1 November 2017

In a new series supporting supply teachers, SecEd is offering advice across a range of issues. Here, Helen Frostick looks at how teachers can prepare for a short or long-term placement


Supply teaching: The element of surprise

1 November 2017

In a new series supporting supply teachers, SecEd is offering advice across a range of issues. Here, John Dabell looks at what techniques supply teachers might adopt in the classroom to give them an edge


CPD: A good teacher is like a magpie...

11 October 2017

Good teachers are like magpies – they spot little things that attract their attention and steal them for their own teaching practice. Dr Bernard Trafford urges us all to embrace in-school sharing...

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