Teaching staff

Are you a coach or a mentor?

20 March 2019

Would you make a good mentor or coach? With these approaches forming a core part of professional development and support in schools, John Dabell looks at what makes for effective practice


The traits of super teachers

13 March 2019

There is no such thing as a super teacher. But if one did exist, what abilities would they exhibit? John Dabell looks at some of the traits of great teachers and urges all teachers to reject imposter syndrome and recognise their many talents...


Getting work scrutiny right

6 March 2019

Book scrutiny (or sampling) is too often about criticism and too often conducted in a Big Brother atmosphere of distrust. Instead, it must be about improvement, development and sharing best practice. Adam Riches and Roy Watson Davis offer their advice


A CPD case study: Creating the Wow Factor!

6 March 2019

In a bid to encourage, inspire and share creative teaching ideas across the school, Marlborough Science Academy has launched its Wow Factor and Creativity Week CPD programme. Deputy head Mark Fitzgibbon explains all


Supply teaching: All dressed up, nowhere to go

6 March 2019

The life of a supply teacher is rarely made easy by schools, despite the huge amounts of money they spend on supply each year. Sue Binding offers nine rules for schools to make supply teaching effective



The death of teaching: Know who you’re not

6 February 2019

What common classroom practices might we change in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Continuing his series, Joel Wirth looks this week at rules, and why ‘firm but fair’ consistency is vital


The death of teaching: Gone in 420 seconds

30 January 2019

In SecEd this half-term, Joel Wirth is looking at common classroom practices that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. This week he discusses how we must handle the first seven minutes of any lesson...



In the classroom: Getting scaffolding right

30 January 2019

Scaffolding is an essential part of teaching, but has its real meaning become lost? Annabel Daniels says we must focus on scaffolding strategies rather than tools. With a focus on English study, she offers some practical reflections



The death of teaching: The pen as anchor

16 January 2019

In this six-part series, Joel Wirth takes a look at common elements of classroom practice that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Next up is our reliance on the pen...



EAL: Classroom strategies and ideas

9 January 2019

Continuing our series on supporting learners who have English as an additional language, Dr Ruth Wilson offers us some effective strategies for the secondary classroom



Nine resolutions for the classroom

9 January 2019

After the long autumn slog, the spring term offers teachers a chance to focus on developing their teaching practice. Adam Riches gives us his nine classroom resolutions for the new year



NQT development: Thriving – not just surviving

5 December 2018

With half of his workforce being new to teaching, headteacher Adrian Kidd describes the systems of support and CPD that allow his NQTs to thrive in their first years at the chalkface


Curriculum for Excellence: What now?

5 December 2018

It is clear that there have been a number of problems with the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Headteacher John Rutter gives us his ‘state of the nation’ and considers what now needs to happen


NQT Special: Working with teaching assistants

28 November 2018

What is the secret to fostering a successful working relationship with the teaching assistants who you will undoubtedly be working with in your classroom? Matt Bromley offers his 4Cs


NQT Special: An NQT Christmas Carol

28 November 2018

In a period of dark mornings, darker nights, budget cuts and teacher workload, Sean Harris – with a little help from Charles Dickens and a few others – considers how NQTs might achieve levels of optimism and prioritise their development and progress as a teacher in their NQT year:


Flexible working: A case study

28 November 2018

Flexible working isn’t possible in schools – or is it? Imogen Rowley looks at one school that’s made flexible working a success, and offers advice for how you can too


NQT Special: Beating the ITT maze

28 November 2018

Thousands of teachers started their training in September and the ITT year can be just as challenging as life as an NQT. Adam Riches offers advice for the trainee-to-NQT journey



NQT Special: Classroom hypnosis

28 November 2018

It can be too easy to procrastinate over every single detail of our lessons, especially when we are new to teaching. Martin Matthews urges NQTs to trust their instincts. He explains why we should let ourselves switch off in order to switch on...

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