Teaching staff

Keeping your early career teachers

18 September 2019

Amid the challenges of teacher recruitment, the retention of early career teachers has become even more crucial for schools. Matt Walker and Suzanne Straw consider how the teaching profession can effectively support and retain early career teachers


Is your school family-friendly?

11 September 2019

Research has identified flexible and part-time working as being one of the keys to the recruitment and retention crisis in schools. Drawing on her own experience, Amy Benziane considers how schools can – and must – become more family friendly...


The role of governors in CPD strategy

11 September 2019

How much does your school’s governing board know about effective staff development and training – and what impact and influence should they be having on your CPD strategies? Maria Cunningham offers some guidance


CPD Workshop: Positive classroom management

11 September 2019

In this regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD workshop ideas that can be adapted for your school. This time he looks at positive classroom management


Flexible and part-time working in practice

3 July 2019

England’s schools need more teachers each year, especially in secondary schools where pupil numbers are forecast to rise by 15 per cent over the next decade. Caroline Sharp looks at how increasing part-time and flexible working opportunities could help keep teachers in the profession – and in your ...


Wellbeing & workload: Feeling overwhelmed?

3 July 2019

Teachers can often struggle to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. There is expert support out there, but Sophie Howells urges you not to wait until you are already in crisis


What are your school's CPD priorities for 2019/20?

13 June 2019

The Teacher Development Trust has been surveying school leaders about their priorities for CPD and school improvement, with a number of common themes emerging. Ian Campbell looks at the findings and advises on how schools can achieve their goals


NQT Special Edition: How to fail as an NQT...

5 June 2019

New teachers are not always given great advice. Sean Harris gives us some examples of pearls of ‘wisdom’ that are best ignored – but also offers NQTs some more sensible tips...


NQT Special Edition: Are you ready for the chalkface?

5 June 2019

For trainee teachers across the country, September and the start of the NQT year is on the horizon. Sophie Howells seeks some advice from this year’s NQT cohort to help you prepare. She also urges this year’s NQTs to ensure they get some proper rest this summer




Looking after your teaching voice

14 May 2019

As a teacher, losing your voice can be debilitating and is an ever-present risk given how much we talk day-to-day. Do you look after your voice? Nikki Doig offers some practical tips


CPD for the EAL classroom

10 May 2019

As schools become linguistically and culturally diverse, it makes sense to ensure that teaching staff are adequately prepared. Silvana Richardson looks at CPD to enable teaching staff to work effectively in diverse multilingual and EAL classrooms




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

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