School Workforce


Leading effective CPD across your department

23 November 2016

Middle leaders now have a key role in securing effective CPD for their teams – but what are the best ways to achieve this across your department? Bridget Clay advises


NQT Special Edition: You are not alone!

23 November 2016

Most NQTs will have doubts and stresses as they face the challenge of their first year in teaching. Julian Stanley offers some reassurance and some tips to help you survive



NQT Special Edition: Supporting SEN pupils

23 November 2016

Supporting SEN in the mainstream classroom is a key duty for all teachers, but one that can feel like a huge challenge for NQTs. Expert Michael Surr offers his advice and reassurance


NQT Special Edition: Advice from year 2

23 November 2016

Every week, SecEd’s NQT diarist reports on their trials and tribulations in the classroom. For this special edition, we asked last year’s diarist, who is now in their second year at the chalkface, to offer some advice to this year’s NQTs


Maintaining your professional boundaries

23 November 2016

Maintaining personal, professional and protective boundaries is a crucial consideration for those working in our schools. Sarah Morgan offers guidance for teachers and education professionals



NQT Special Edition: Handling the stress

23 November 2016

It is no secret that teaching is a stressful profession and learning to handle the pressure will be key to a successful and long career at the chalkface. Dr Stephanie Thornton offers some advice


Case study: School-led research

16 November 2016

Teacher research has been placed at the heart of teaching and learning at Wycombe High School and this has led to national recognition. Dorothy Lepkowska reports


Research at the heart of education

16 November 2016

SecEd is a supporter of the NFER’s Research Mark accreditation. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how the Research Mark and related resources can help schools on their journey


A solution to the teacher shortage in mathematics

9 November 2016

With the shortage in maths teachers starting to bite, one academy trust has come up with its own innovative solution to ensuring a steady supply of maths specialists. Tarun Kapur explains


Retention: How to keep hold of your teachers

2 November 2016

New research into retention has uncovered some of the reasons why teachers quit the profession as well as those vital ‘protective factors’ that can help a school to retain, engage and motivate their teachers. Researcher Sarah Lynch takes a look





Making the most of mentoring

21 September 2016

From starting a career in teaching to being an experienced teacher, being mentored can improve how people teach and learn. Kathy Oxtoby looks at how teachers can get the most out of that experience – whatever stage they are at in their career


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


Effective computing CPD: Advice and resources

14 September 2016

The introduction of the computing curriculum has proved challenging for schools. Mark Dorling looks at what CPD is available and urges school leaders to prioritise teacher support and development


Wellbeing research in Australia

14 September 2016

Schools in Australia are embracing pioneering research on pupil wellbeing. Janet Williamson reports on her trip to witness their approaches first-hand



NQTs and technology

14 September 2016

Getting to grips with technology in the classroom will be high on the agenda for many NQTs this term. Sarah Wright offers her advice


New teachers: Surviving your first year

25 August 2016

Alison Wood has just begun her second year of teaching at a school in Scotland. In this article, she offers her advice to this year’s cohort of new teachers to help them survive and thrive during their first year at the chalkface


Scottish Learning Festival 2016

25 August 2016

The theme of this year’s Scottish Learning Festival is ‘Promoting excellence and equity for all’. We preview some of the highlights and free CPD at this year’s event


Do you feel comfortable talking to pupils about mental health?

6 July 2016

It’s good to talk. Especially so when students are facing challenges to their mental health. However, teachers often feel out of their depth when faced with these conversations on sensitive issues. Psychologist Dr Asha Patel offers her advice and reassurance

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