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Leadership learning and a baptism of fire

4 May 2020

From television crews to Ofsted judgements, Del Planter quickly put his professional learning into action when he became headteacher for the first time during a tumultuous time. Yvonne Gandy finds out more



Protecting teacher wellbeing during lockdown

29 April 2020

While we are doing all we can to support the wellbeing of our young people during the school closures, we must not forget our teachers. From financial grants to mental health support, Sophie Howells advises


Ideas for teacher CPD during lockdown

28 April 2020

One consequence of the Covid-19 closures for many teachers has been a reduction or at least a side-lining of their CPD. Fiona Aubrey-Smith urges schools and teachers not to neglect their CPD and instead to take their professional learning online...



Crisis management for school leaders

28 April 2020

Schools and school leaders will sometimes have to deal with a crisis or emergency situation. Richard Bettsworth offers practical crisis-management advice


Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 3

27 April 2020

This is the third edition of the SecEd compendium of home schooling and remote education resources for schools, teachers and parents. We cover a range of subjects, as well as exercise and keeping fit, mental health and wellbeing, cultural and arts activities, and whole-school support


Keeping pupils safe online during lockdown

27 April 2020

Online safety has become even more of a priority for schools and families during the coronavirus lockdown. Kathryn Day describes how schools can promote online safety while children are away from the classroom



Safeguarding: During and beyond the coronavirus crisis

23 April 2020

The number of child referrals has gone down by 50 per cent. It is not surprising given that schools are one of the main referrers of safeguarding concerns. So, what is happening to vulnerable children and what can schools do to help? Suzanne O'Connell takes a look



Managing remote recruitment during the coronavirus closures

22 April 2020

The prospect of running a recruitment round during lockdown might feel daunting. Xavier Roeseler outlines how you can adapt your current recruitment process while schools are closed, to ensure you can still find the right candidates for your school



Coronavirus: Our Angels of the North

22 April 2020

Teachers and schools across the UK have gone above and beyond in recent weeks to support pupils and families. Sean Harris reports from the North East on some of the work being undertaken to support communities during the coronavirus lockdown


Understanding and supporting SEMH pupils

20 April 2020

Drawing on the outstanding work of Adelaide School, a special provision in Cheshire catering for pupils aged nine and upwards, Sarah Barlow offers advice to mainstream schools on supporting students who face social, emotional and mental health challenges


Delivering 35 hours of high-quality CPD a year

15 April 2020

Teacher CPD – is it too much to expect quality and quantity when setting out your school’s CPD programme for the year? Maria Cunningham looks at the results of a project challenging schools to deliver 35 hours of quality CPD per-teacher, per-year


Leadership during a crisis: Five crucial traits

14 April 2020

Previously, Jez Bennett explored how we can handle the coronavirus crisis using change-management theory and drawing on lessons from the Apollo 13 mission. He continues his discussion, looking at crucial leadership traits for crisis situations


Maximising retention of learning during lockdown

14 April 2020

When planning for home learning, our priority as teachers must be to embed current knowledge via retrieval practice in the hope of building firm foundations for when schools re-open and education returns to normal. With a focus on her subject of maths, Lesley Goddard advises


Anxiety and depression: Are they co-morbid?

14 April 2020

An estimated one in 10 teenagers have mental health problems, with a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-article series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part two, she asks if anxiety and depression are co-morbid or one syndrome


Supporting inclusion and empowering LGBT+ young people

13 April 2020

LGBT+ equality is core to an inclusive education system and is a priority for the staff and students of Burntwood School. Samantha Bradey speaks to school leader Katelyn Farrenson about their work with Unicef Rights Respecting Schools and the Stonewall Schools Champion Award to create an inclusive ...



Some research-based approaches to teaching

8 April 2020

There is plenty of research focusing on effective teaching and learning techniques in the classroom. John Dabell picks out some choice approaches that have been shown to be effective




Remote teaching and learning: Dos and Don'ts

1 April 2020

Teachers are getting used to remote working – supporting pupils and families with education during the coronavirus lockdown. Andy McHugh offers some dos and don’ts for teaching staff

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