Teaching and Learning


The six Cs of character education

27 February 2014

The concept of character education is in the news with a number of high-profile supporters emerging. Phil Parker looks at the key tenets to building students’ character and how this might fit into your school's CPD programme.


National Citizen Service

6 February 2014

The National Citizen Service is a government-backed youth citizenship programme that builds the skills and confidence of 16 and 17-year-olds. Laura Gibbon explains.


School sporting priorities

6 February 2014

The Youth Sport Trust national conference this week shines a spotlight on school sport. John Steele looks at the implications of recent developments including curriculum and accountability changes, and the Sport Premium.


Do your students know when to give up?

30 January 2014

Is knowing when to quit the key to success? Dr Stephanie Thornton explains why the art of strategic quitting can improve students’ outcomes.


The dos and don'ts of flipping your classroom

23 January 2014

The flipped learning approach is becoming increasingly popular with teachers. Penny Humm has embraced the concept in her classroom and discusses some dos and don’ts to help get you started.


Teaching the Holocaust

23 January 2014

Next week’s Holocaust Memorial Day is an occasion when we remember the victims of the Holocaust, as well as of other genocides around the world. Teacher Ben Fuller discusses how teachers can approach this challenging subject.


Computing: A busy year ahead for schools

16 January 2014

The countdown is well under way towards the new computing curriculum. Bob Harrison considers the challenges facing schools in 2014 – both with computing and wider use of technology – and discusses the support available for computing to help schools hit th


SecEd Guide To: Learning Management Systems

16 January 2014

SecEd's latest Guide To looks at how a Learning Management System (LMS) can improve the quality of teaching and learning and includes advice on Flipped Learning, CPD and a checklist of things to look out for when purchasing an LMS.


Get Set to Make a Change

16 January 2014

A new London 2012 legacy project is inviting young people to pledge their time to change their communities for the better. Teacher John Doherty explains.


Helping your students to handle success and failure

16 January 2014

Being unable to handle failure, or indeed success, can be damaging for our students. Dr Stephanie Thornton considers how we can foster a healthy attitude to success and failure in the young.


Is grit the new IQ?

9 January 2014

Do you still believe that IQ is fixed and cannot be altered? Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the increasing evidence that it is grit and determination, rather than IQ, that can predict success and advises on how we might encourage these tendencies in our s



Active approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom

5 December 2013

Practical, active approaches to studying Shakespeare can have a notable impact on achievement. Fiona Banks from Shakespeare’s Globe has just written a book on practical Shakespeare and offers some ideas.


Ideas for teaching students leadership skills

5 December 2013

The Girls’ Day School Trust recently held its national Young Leaders Conference. Dr Kevin Stannard discusses some of their schools’ approaches to teaching leadership skills.


The New Professionalism – SSAT National Conference

28 November 2013

SSAT National Conference 2013 is bringing the profession together to develop a blueprint for the future of education. SecEd's preview supplement investigates the four key themes – Professional Capital, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Redesign, and Account


Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

28 November 2013

The impact of Shaun McGuigan’s very simple literacy policy on his school and its students and teachers has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice. It is based on three fundamental premises, as he explains.


Tips for project-based learning

21 November 2013

Project-based learning has the potential to teach key skills and knowledge in a more engaging and real-world way. Earnie Kramer looks at the pros and cons and offers some advice.


The secrets to positive behaviour management

21 November 2013

Behaviour management remains one of the key skills that all teachers need to master. School leader Ben Solly offers his advice on adopting a positive approach to your pupils’ behaviour.


Encouraging reflective learning and critical-thinking

21 November 2013

When music teacher Phil Kennedy wanted to encourage his pupils to engage more deeply in reflective learning and critical-thinking, he devised an in-class research project. Sarah Fleming explains more.



Religious education – the fight-back begins

14 November 2013

One of the main casualties of education policy, including the EBacc, has been RE. But now the subject’s supporters have hit back, carrying out an 18-month review and producing a new curriculum framework to raise the status of RE. Teacher Kate Christopher


Are you ready for computing?

7 November 2013

How can schools inspire both their students and staff to embrace the new computing curriculum next year? Wendy Devolder offers her advice.


Bring nature into the classroom

5 November 2013

For many urban schools, getting students out to experience nature can be tricky. However, nature can also be brought into the classroom. Simon Birbeck offers some ideas.


The 7 levels of student impact

17 October 2013

A recent article on student impact – as opposed to student voice or leadership – generated much debate. Its author Tom Middlehurst responds by defining the seven levels of student involvement in school life.

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