SecEd boosts education coverage by launching new-look monthly magazine

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Coming soon: A glimpse of what the new A4 SecEd magazine will look like. The first edition is due to publish on April 4

After 16 years of education publishing, SecEd is to launch a new-look for its hard copy magazine, increasing its output of best practice, research and news articles.

SecEd specialises in secondary education and since 2003 we have been providing expert information, advice and guidance for the professionals – teachers, support staff and school leaders – working in the UK’s 5,000 secondary schools.

Many of our articles are written by teachers, for teachers, and our fundamental aim is to provide practical and useful advice and analysis for secondary school teachers, leaders and support staff.

The new format will see SecEd move to a monthly publishing set-up, with a hard copy, A4 magazine of up to 64 pages being sent to schools free-of-charge at the beginning of each month. It will continue to be sent to every UK secondary school – around 5,000 in total.

Meanwhile, our free-to-access website – which now receives more than 75,000 hits a month – will continue to publish weekly updates of news, best practice, research analysis, commentary/opinion articles, and the latest products and resources.

We will also continue to send out the popular weekly SecEd ebulletins every Thursday during term-time highlighting our latest articles. We currently have around 20,000 subscribers to these free updates.

Advice, guidance & support: The new-look hard copy magazine will carry research-led best practice articles, news, commentaries, resources – all aimed at supporting secondary school teachers, support staff and leaders

The changes have come about after SecEd carried out extensive readership surveying last year. Responses revealed that readers wanted to see more content published online and preferred to receive a larger monthly magazine.

As part of the changes, SecEd will also introduce a new “research analysis” focus in the magazine and website to reflect the fact that a good proportion of our best practice articles are based in educational research findings.

While we have always published educational research, the change will mean readers can more easily differentiate between our research-based and our practice-based articles.

Furthermore, an eight-page pull-out section in the magazine each month will feature 5,500 words of best practice guidance focused on a key area of secondary education. Topics lined up for the first pull-out sections including differentiation, NQT support, workload, Pupil Premium and others.

In-depth coverage: Each edition of the new-look SecEd monthly magazine will carry a pull-out eight-page section offering an in-depth look at key areas of secondary education. Topics lined up for the first few editions include differentiation in the classroom, NQT support, supporting vulnerable pupils, Pupil Premium, workload & more.

SecEd has also launched a new Knowledge Bank online section, which hosts a range of useful articles and free downloads, including our Guide To and Supplement pdfs, sponsored articles and compilations of our regular editorial best practice series.

SecEd’s publisher Tom Curtiss said: “These changes will see an increase to the number of best practice and other articles that SecEd publishes online and in hard copy and everything we do will remain free-to-access for our readers.

“In its 16 years of education publishing, SecEd has gained a reputation for offering in-depth best practice, research and news content and we do our utmost to make everything we publish as practically useful for school leaders, teachers and support staff as possible. We will continue to uphold this ethos as we move forward under the new-look format.”

The final 16-page weekly edition of SecEd will publish on March 21. The first monthly edition of SecEd will publish on April 4, with subsequent editions due out on May 9, June 6, and July 4. SecEd’s ebulletins will also continue to publish on a weekly, term-time basis from April 4 onwards.


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