School Workforce

Raising the bar at the SLF 2013

29 August 2013

With the theme of Raising the Bar in Scotland, the Scottish Learning Festival 2013 takes place next month with a range of exhibitors, keynote speakers and workshops. SecEd takes a look at what’s on offer.


Top tips for tutor time

4 July 2013

One area of schooling in which teachers often feel massively under-prepared is how to successfully lead your tutor group. Helen Peter has just released a book on the subject and offers some practical tips to help get new tutors started in September.


Life as a Teaching School

4 July 2013

All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham is a cohort 2 Teaching School. Nigel Gardener discusses how the status has changed school life and explains some of the projects they are now working on



NQT special: Tips to handle the pressures of NQT life

27 June 2013

'Fran' is a typical NQT, whose story has been compiled by the Teacher Support Network based on the calls it receives from teachers across the country. Julian Stanley offers some advice and pointers to help NQTs and young teachers tackle the most common pr


NQT special: A summer checklist for the NQT

27 June 2013

The end of the school year is in sight, but NQTs must be careful – it is important to finish your year in the right way, approach the summer properly, and also spare a thought about how to prepare for September. Margaret Adams offers her survival checklis


NQT special: Mentor and mentee relationships

27 June 2013

The mentor-mentee relationship is crucial for new teachers. Amy Benziane reflects on what makes an excellent mentor and the qualities that mentees need to bring to the relationship.



NQT special: Standing up for your rights as a new teacher

27 June 2013

It is vital that new teachers know their rights and entitlements as they adjust to life at the chalkface. The NASUWT’s Chris Keates discusses the importance of supporting our NQTs and explains why and how the union is challenging government to help protec


NQT special: Moving from trainee to NQT

27 June 2013

SecEd’s current NQT diarist reflects on her first year at the chalkface and offers advice to trainee teachers who are preparing to begin their careers in September.


NQT special: Getting ready for year 2

27 June 2013

SecEd’s NQT diary is a popular column which is penned every year by a new recruit to the teaching profession. We asked last year’s diarist, Tomas Duckling, to offer his advice on how this year’s NQTs should approach their second year.


NQT special: How to slow your working life down

27 June 2013

The past year has probably gone by in a blur for most NQTs as you were thrown in at the deep end of teaching. Margaret Adams looks at why you might consider making an effort to ‘slow down’ in year two.


NQT special: CPD beyond NQT

27 June 2013

David Weston discusses why NQTs should focus on their CPD during year 2 at the chalkface and looks at what your priorities might be.


NQT special: Avoiding false accusations

27 June 2013

Sadly, new teachers must be aware of the dangers of pupils who make false accusations. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at some recent cases and offers advice on how to avoid being falsely accused.


Stimulating (and free) physics CPD

13 June 2013

A free, national project is supporting the CPD and best practice of physics teachers in a bid to drive take-up of the subject post-16. David Cameron explains more.


Preventing plagiarism

13 June 2013

With universities clamping down on plagiarism – accidental or malicious – it is vital that secondary schools educate their students so that future problems are avoided. We look at how and offer SecEd readers a free trial and discount on software to help.


Redesigning Schooling

23 May 2013

The Redesigning Schooling campaign is bringing together expertise from within education to set the agenda for how schools need to change to meet the needs of 21st century learner. This free SecEd supplement looks at four key tenets of the work – teaching


'Giving it a Go' to improve lesson quality

23 May 2013

When Ofsted feedback prompted his school to develop and improve teaching practice, deputy head Ian McCrae created ‘Give it a Go’, a scheme to allow teachers to experiment and take risks with their teaching.


The countdown to computing

23 May 2013

An expert group has been convened by the DfE to develop advice, resources and CPD as schools prepare for the introduction of the new computing curriculum. Bob Harrison explains.



Preparing your students for the job hunt

23 May 2013

Employers today are very clear on the importance of skills in young people entering the jobs market. Jackie Sherman looks at how school-leavers may demonstrate their employability skills.


Ofsted good to great in seven steps

23 May 2013

In February, Ofsted graded Hall Mead School as outstanding across all categories. Headteacher Simon London takes us through seven steps on their journey from good to great, all connected by a relentless focus on teaching and learning.


Do you have a great idea?

16 May 2013

The 21st Century Learning Alliance is once again offering teachers the opportunity to apply for Fellowships to help them turn ‘great ideas’ into action research projects with the aim of developing and sharing best practice. Martin Ripley explains.


SecEd Guide To – Performance-related pay

16 May 2013

SecEd's latest Guide To focuses on the imminent changes to teachers' pay, including the move to performance-related pay. The free to download PDF includes guidance on formulating new pay policies, an overview of the key changes, implementation advice, and


The five ingredients of outstanding teaching

2 May 2013

A new study has sought to identify the characteristics of excellent teaching and excellent teachers. Tony McAleavy looks at the five common traits of outstanding teaching.

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