Teaching staff


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


Every gay teacher should read this article

20 April 2016

If you are a teacher who is gay, failing to tackle an incident in which a student targets your sexuality is the worst thing possible to do. The story that follows is one that every gay teacher should read



Effective approaches to flipping their learning

16 March 2016

Jennie Harland reports on new research into flipped learning and identifies what this approach can offer students in terms of more active and personalised learning and improved progress






CPD: Creating the right culture

27 January 2016

How can schools create a culture to enable their staff to excel? David Weston considers six strategies to achieve great staff motivation and development



Teaching assistants: Providing outstanding classroom support

18 November 2015

The impact that teaching assistants can have in the classroom is widely acknowledged – but effective deployment and professional collaboration with the teacher is key. Co-author of a new book on outstanding classroom support, Jill Morgan, offers some advice


Secrets to science CPD success

11 November 2015

Effective CPD is vital to the effectiveness of all teachers. With an eye on the STEM subjects, Yvonne Baker from the National Science Learning Network offers five steps to successful whole-school CPD strategies



Dealing with issues of staff conduct

14 October 2015

There are times as a manager or school leader when the behaviour of a colleague needs to be addressed. Sonia Gill offers some advice on approaching these sensitive conversations professionally


Difficult conversations with parents

7 October 2015

Sonia Gill outlines two common difficult conversations with parents and three common mistakes that can hinder teachers when trying to resolve sensitive issues


Quality and Equity – SSAT National Conference 2015

16 September 2015

The SSAT National Conference 2015 – Quality and Equity – focuses on three core themes: Closing the Gaps, Raising the Bar, and Leading Learning. SecEd's preview supplement is out now, looking at the key issues, debates and sessions that will be taking place at the event




The risks of social networking

2 September 2015

Social media has brought a new way of communicating into our schools. It has also brought a risk of us sharing too much. Suzanne O'Connell seeks expert advice for school leaders


Appraisals and mid-year staff reviews

23 April 2015

Mid-year reviews are often seen as a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Former school leader Denise Inwood advises on how to ensure that they effectively inform CPD and staff development.


At the chalkface: Photo oops!

26 March 2015

Crash lives in a big estate. His father builds houses, which he’ll never afford. His mother’s an NHS nurse, soon to be sacked. His hobbies are being terrifically angry, kick-boxing, steam trains, and fishing in the toxic waters of the Grand Union Canal –



First World War Centenary: Lest we forget

6 November 2014

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is helping students to develop a deeper understanding of the Great War. As Remembrance Day approaches, Emma Lee-Potter accompanied students on a recent trip.

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