Resources and projects


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


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


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


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


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


Engaging reluctant readers

28 September 2016

Younger reluctant readers in secondary education are in danger of entering adult life functionally illiterate – with all the risks that this brings. Georgina Jones offers some advice on re-engaging these learners with reading


Into Film Festival 2016

21 September 2016

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 9 to 25 with more than 3,000 free screenings for schools as well as a host of workshops and other activities. Key themes this year include diversity, wellbeing and anti-bullying. Festival artistic director Sam Wilson explains more


Shakespeare Schools Festival

21 September 2016

This year, the Shakespeare Schools Festival is set to reach more than 35,000 children, culminating in live performances in real theatre venues across the country. Susan Elkin explains


Effective computing CPD: Advice and resources

14 September 2016

The introduction of the computing curriculum has proved challenging for schools. Mark Dorling looks at what CPD is available and urges school leaders to prioritise teacher support and development


Key stage 3: Year 6 to 7 transition

14 September 2016

This term in SecEd, Matt Bromley is focusing on boosting outcomes for learners at key stage 3. He looks here at the process of transition and how we can best help pupils to prepare and cope with the move from year 6 to 7



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


Ideas for taking learning outdoors

15 June 2016

As the weather (hopefully) gets warmer and the year draws to a close, Karen Sullivan urges teachers to take their classes outside…


Ideas to raise students’ aspirations

25 May 2016

There are lots of programmes, initiatives and ideas out there to help schools in raising the aspirations of disadvantaged students. Karen Sullivan reports






Using project-based learning in your classroom

4 May 2016

The impact that project-based learning can have on student outcomes and motivation is well-known. In the first of a two-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the golden rules for incorporating this approach into your classroom and the curriculum


Raising aspirations: The PACE programme

4 May 2016

The PACE programme is the culmination of one school’s work to boost curriculum enrichment, teach character and skills, raise aspirations, and broaden horizons. Paula Arrowsmith explains how it works


Delivering an effective enrichment programme

4 May 2016

Enrichment programmes are a popular platform for schools to engage their pupils in the wider community and teach important life-skills. Ellie Jones shares her insights on best practice


Delivering an effective Extended Project

20 April 2016

Monkseaton High’s recent Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grade included high praise for the school’s work in relation to the Extended Project Qualification. So, what are the ingredients of a successful EPQ teaching programme? Dr Andrew K Shenton and Andy Sherlaw offer some practical advice


Ideas for developing pupils’ resilience

20 April 2016

They may be the most examined, but many believe that today's children are the most 'untested' in history. So, how can we nurture the resilience they will need in their lives ahead? Garry Freeman offers some advice


Character education resources released

20 April 2016

Teaching Character Through Subjects – the new government-funded character education resources – have been released. Matt Bawden explains what they are all about

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