School Workforce


Conducting an audit of your teaching assistant provision

17 May 2017

Are your school’s teaching assistants effective? Or perhaps we should ask: do you train, deploy and manage them effectively? Daniel Sobel says that poor use of TAs can harm student outcomes. He explains how to carry out an effective audit of your TA provision


The power of STEM study visits

10 May 2017

Professional study visits and placements for science teachers can enhance practice back in the classroom and provide vital insights. Adam Little and Mark Langley explain


Improving your CPD and boosting staff retention

3 May 2017

Developing a school culture that supports and encourages teacher retention is crucial for all good schools. Maria Cunningham draws out elements of effective CPD practice that can inspire your staff and motivate them to stay in the profession


Getting behaviour management right

19 April 2017

Behaviour – it’s never too late to revise your approach. Julian Stanley offers some advice for achieving good classroom behaviour management


Case study: Supporting your support staff

19 April 2017

In the school team, every person counts. School leader Katherine Cocker-Goring discusses her work to boost CPD and development for support staff and to more closely link student progress and staff development


GCSE grading – 10 useful facts

29 March 2017

This summer’s exam results will see the first appearance of the new GCSE grades 1 to 9 as they begin to be phased in. Curriculum and assessment specialist Suzanne O’Farrell gives us 10 useful facts about the new numerical system


The Chartered College of Teaching: An update

29 March 2017

The Chartered College of Teaching is now open and is recruiting its founding members. As such, we invited chief executive Dame Alison Peacock to explain the work of the college, including how it plans to support teachers’ CPD and spread best practice


CPD: Planning the year ahead

22 March 2017

Are you planning your school’s CPD programme? Bridget Clay advises how to structure and focus CPD for optimal effect


Is your CPD working?

22 March 2017

We’d like teachers to improve. That’s why we don’t like CPD. Peter Goodman and Stuart Trutch argue why CPD can often fail and consider an alternative approach


How ‘honest’ are you and your school?

8 March 2017

What role does honesty play in the character and ethos of your school? Matt Bawden discusses why honesty should drive everything we do as staff and how this can inspire students and parents too


A helping hand with CPD

8 March 2017

A new charitable fund has been launched to help teachers expand their knowledge and access crucial CPD. Julian Stanley explains


Education on show at the NEC

1 March 2017

This year’s Education Show takes place from March 16 to 18. We preview the free event, with a look at some of the CPD and exhibitors on show


Teacher choice in whole-school CPD

8 February 2017

Just how important is teacher choice in a whole-school CPD programme? Bridget Clay offers some practical, evidence-based advice and guidance


Inclusion and the teaching assistant

8 February 2017

Within the context of dyslexia, Dr Dominic Griffiths explains how high-quality training for teaching assistants can help to develop an inclusive school environment


Our invaluable science technicians

1 February 2017

Supporting and celebrating our science technician colleagues is important. Fran Dainty from the National STEM Learning Network takes a moment to reflect on their vital work


Five ideas for boosting your CPD in 2017

11 January 2017

Will you make CPD a priority in 2017? Bridget Clay offers five new year’s resolutions for your CPD – whether you are a teacher, a middle or a senior leader


Getting systematic about your CPD

11 January 2017

Matching professional development to the needs of your school is a major challenge, but it can unlock school improvement if the right systems are in place, says Colin McLean


Bett 2017: A survival guide

11 January 2017

Following on from his inside tips last week, ICT expert Terry Freedman gives us his survival guide to the 2017 Bett Show, which takes place from January 25 to 28


Building an outstanding teacher CPD programme

4 January 2017

What makes an outstanding teacher? This age-old question is the bane of any in-school teacher development programme. Helen Webb discusses the challenges, successes and failures of her school’s outstanding teacher programme


Twelve NQT lessons from term one

4 January 2017

NQTs across the country will have breathed a sigh of satisfaction as they reached the end of last term. Now January is upon us, NQT Mark Grimmett offers 12 lessons from last term’s experiences that he will take into term number two


Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.


Advice and guidance for NQTs – free download

6 December 2016

SecEd has published its latest NQT Special Edition, which is now available to download as a free eight-page pdf featuring a wealth of best practice advice and guidance, practical tips, and wellbeing support for new teachers across the UK.


NQT Special Edition: Five essentials for the NQT

23 November 2016

With so many experienced teachers around you, the one thing that every NQT should do is ask for advice whenever they get the chance. Senior leader Giselle Hobbs offers five essential pieces of advice to new teachers everywhere


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