Best Practice




Pupil wellbeing: The healing power of art

27 January 2020

More schools are offering placements to trainee art therapists to support the rising number of young people with emotional or mental health issues. How does it work in practice? Sam Phipps reports


RSE: What do young people want and need?

27 January 2020

Who better to ask about what is needed from relationships and sex education than the young people themselves. This is what the Sex Education Forum has done. Lucy Emmerson explains



Observing vulnerable students during lessons

22 January 2020

For teachers with challenging or vulnerable students in their lessons, observations can become all the more stressful. Daniel Sobel looks at how we must observe the pupils in question and not the teachers...


Tics and tourette’s in the classroom

22 January 2020

Around one child in every 100 will have some form of tic disorder or Tourette’s. John Dabell looks at how these conditions manifest themselves and offers some tips for supporting young people in the classroom



Saving time: Tackling misconceptions

22 January 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this five-part series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Part one focuses on checking student understanding


Don’t do ‘the right thing’

22 January 2020

The language of learning and classroom talk about the process of learning are two key aspects that are too often missing, especially in the STEM disciplines, says Joel Wirth



Governing boards and school leadership

15 January 2020

What should governing boards and school leaders expect from one another? Drawing on new guidance, Julie McCulloch looks at the tenets and boundaries of good working practice


PISA: Beyond the league tables and the headlines

15 January 2020

The main findings and rankings of the international PISA research make newspaper headlines every three years, but there is so much more to learn if we take the time to look at the results in more depth. Steen Videbaek offers us his analysis



The Holocaust: Humanising the inhuman

15 January 2020

Teaching the Holocaust effectively and communicating the harrowing reality of what happened is a challenge for all schools. Drawing on the work of the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre, Emma King looks at how we can make it real for students



First headship: Inclusion, curriculum & staff development

4 December 2019

Andrew Deen stepped into his first headship role in June. He spoke to Elliot Pearce about the professional journey he took to get to this point – and maps-out his priorities for delivering school improvement in a challenging context


Creating self-assessment tools for your students

4 December 2019

Reflecting, referring, progressing and researching – there are varied uses of self-assessment tools for students. Andrew K Shenton explains some of the benefits he has found with students taking the extended project qualification


LGBT+ in the RSE curriculum

4 December 2019

Ahead of SecEd’s Delivering Statutory RSE conference in January, expert Adele Bates – who will be leading two workshops at the event – looks at how we should be including LGBT+ in the new curriculum and signposts to some useful resources


ADHD: Classroom tips

30 November 2019

If teachers understand the real causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder then finding support strategies for the classroom becomes much easier. Garry Freeman advises


Creating calmer classrooms

30 November 2019

Your classroom environment can play a crucial role in influencing the emotional state of your students. Shahana Knight offers some quick and practical tips…


The job interview: Tips for schools

26 November 2019

As a school, conducting effective interview days will go a long way to convincing prospective teachers that this is the job for them. Having recently experienced the interview process at two schools, Kristina Symons offers some advice…


The importance of sleep

26 November 2019

All teachers know that tired students make for poor learners. John Dabell looks at what the research tells us about why sleep is a fundamental part of the thinking and learning process


NQT Special: Protecting yourself

19 November 2019

Your wellbeing as an NQT is vital and you should be learning now the habits that will sustain you through a long and successful teaching career. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Sophie Howells offers some advice and encouragement


Tackling period poverty: Secondary school roll-out

19 November 2019

In an average classroom of 30, two girls will miss school due to period poverty. The government has now agreed to fund free sanitary products in schools to help end period poverty. Chris Brown looks at what the research says and how schools might approach implementation

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