Teaching and Learning

Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

7 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.




Case study: Supporting Roma students

30 November 2016

Firth Park Academy has seen a notable increase in the number of Roma pupils during the past five years, sparking concerted efforts to engage with and motivate this cohort of children. Ian Comfort explains


Classroom ideas: Making science engaging and exciting

30 November 2016

Student engagement is a priority in the STEM subjects. Here, school leader Catrin Green offers some quick ideas to foster a love of science in students and encourage them consider it as a future career



Practical ideas for using film

30 November 2016

After reading a recent SecEd article warning of the dangers of the poor or lazy use of film in the classroom, we asked Jane Fletcher from the charity Into Film to offer advice on what an effective use of film might look like


Meet the STEM Ambassadors

30 November 2016

The STEM Ambassador programme is a free resource offering industry expertise and support to schools across the country to help them engage their students in STEM study. Gill Collinson explains how it works and how you can get involved




Pornography and young people: A reality check

23 November 2016

A pragmatic approach to pornography can help to prepare children and young people for better relationships, says the Sex Education Forum’s Lisa Hallgarten. She reassures PSHE teachers and signposts us to some useful resources


Key stage 3: Literacy and numeracy

16 November 2016

In the final of his series of articles discussing best practice in key stage 3, Matt Bromley looks at the keystones of literacy and numeracy


The computing curriculum: It’s about real-world problems

16 November 2016

The computing curriculum is not all about coding, but this perception and the ‘geeky’ stereotype might put students off. Terry Freedman offers practical ideas for how you can dispel these myths and engage students in computing study


Case study: School-led research

16 November 2016

Teacher research has been placed at the heart of teaching and learning at Wycombe High School and this has led to national recognition. Dorothy Lepkowska reports


Alcohol education: Advice and resources

16 November 2016

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, the charity Drinkaware has provided resources to help schools tackle the dangers of alcohol during PSHE sessions. Expert Lesley de Meza offers some advice


Extra-curricular activities: Just for fun?

16 November 2016

Has our culture of academic achievement at all costs begun to infect even the extra-curricular and hobby pursuits of our young people? Dr Pooky Knightsmith underlines the importance of doing things ‘just for fun’


Character education: Environment, empathy and failure

16 November 2016

What has your school’s response to the character agenda been? Dr Morgan Phillips offers a broad discussion about what character is, the challenges for schools in ‘teaching’ it, and the importance of environment, empathy and failure


Ideas for teaching critical thinking

9 November 2016

We all agree that critical thinking is essential for today’s young people – but just how do you teach these crucial skills? John Dabell advises


Character education: Teaching them curiosity

9 November 2016

Curiosity is a difficult skill to teach and perhaps harder still to harness and direct. Our resident character education expert, Matt Bawden, explores the nature and use of curiosity in education


Extra-curricular: The fall and rise of enrichment

9 November 2016

In tough economic times, enrichment is often one of the first things to go, but schools ditch these activities at their peril, warns Paul Gammans. He considers what an effective enrichment programme should entail and argues why teachers should be given the time to get involved


A solution to the teacher shortage in mathematics

9 November 2016

With the shortage in maths teachers starting to bite, one academy trust has come up with its own innovative solution to ensuring a steady supply of maths specialists. Tarun Kapur explains


Pedagogy: Video killed the teaching star

12 October 2016

The use of film and video clips in the classroom is common, but Paul Gammans believes it is often done without justification, adding nothing to learning outcomes and switching pupils off learning. He presents his arguments and then offers some practical advice for how film might be better used by ...



Character, the community and your school ethos

5 October 2016

Character education is at the heart of personal development and often defines a school’s ethos. But how best can we deliver these messages of personal development to parents and into the community. Matt Bawden looks at some different approaches

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