Teaching staff

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


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


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





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


Seven ideas for using educational technology

6 July 2016

The recent Rethinking Education and Learning technology summit featured a range of ideas and presentations. Martin Pipe lists seven ideas and trends that he picked up from the event


Tips for managing workload and stress

6 July 2016

Given the pressure of the teaching role, being able to manage stress is crucial. Kathy Oxtoby seeks out some tips and advice on ways to de-stress and manage stress both at work and at home, and when and where to seek support


NQT Special: Learning the tricks of the teaching trade…

29 June 2016

Teacher training is just like training your puppy. Before you get offended, Matt Bromley explains why he draws this comparison and offers some vital lessons and advice to help NQTs thrive when they begin their second year in September



NQT Special: So, what will change in year 2?

29 June 2016

Alex Collinson summarises the main changes in support, monitoring and development that will take effect when you pass the NQT induction period and begin year 2 in September


NQT Special: Pupils on what makes for effective teaching

29 June 2016

If you’re a new teacher, you will receive a wealth of advice from various experts – but what do the students themselves think? School leader Sean Harris asked some of his students to offer their view on what makes their lessons effective, and then signposts NQTs to further reading and ideas


Taking educated risks: part 3

29 June 2016

In the third of his four-part series, Matt Bromley asks what professional autonomy really looks like and how it links to outstanding practice. He then begins to define what risk-taking in the classroom actually means...




Supporting excellent teaching and learning

22 June 2016

A Teaching and Learning Team, CPD triads, coaching and quality-assurance all helped to raise standards of teaching and learning at one school. Cassie McClelland explains more


Taking back control of education

22 June 2016

What is the purpose of education? Graham Moore discusses the culture and relationships that are vital to what most teachers see as the true goals of education. He offers a range of ideas, and ultimately urges school leaders to put aside accountability and ministerial diktat and ask ‘What if?’


Taking educated risks in our schools and our classrooms

15 June 2016

In this four-part series, Matt Bromley will be discussing how to encourage and manage a culture of risk-taking in your school’s teaching and learning. In part one, he discusses the challenges facing schools in different Ofsted categories, including the conundrum of teacher autonomy vs consistency



How to be an effective mentor

18 May 2016

Mentoring new teachers and colleagues can be challenging, but also a valuable learning experience for both mentors and mentees. Kathy Oxtoby looks at how to fulfil the role effectively


Building your presence in the classroom

4 May 2016

Presence in the classroom – it is that special something that makes the best teachers. Kathy Oxtoby seeks advice on how young teachers can develop their own presence and gravitas in front of students

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