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NQT Special: Surviving your PGCE year

6 November 2019

This year’s SecEd NQT diarist is well into his first term at the chalkface. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, he offers his advice to the current cohort of trainee teachers on surviving and thriving during your training year


When death happens: Bereavement in schools

6 November 2019

To mark Children’s Grief Awareness Week, Alison Penny considers how schools can be better prepared to support young people who are coming to terms with the death of someone close



The SEND governor: Preparing for link visits

29 October 2019

Among the responsibilities of the SEND named governor is conducting link visits with their school’s SENCO. Matt Bromley looks at how we can ensure these are effective



Breaking down literacy barriers in year 7

23 October 2019

Some pupils in year 7 lack the required vocabulary and literacy skills. Ruth Everett looks at how we can support students for whom literacy difficulties are a barrier to accessing the curriculum


Staff wellbeing: 36 ideas for your school

22 October 2019

How can we ensure the teachers in our school are engaged, motivated and committed to remaining in the profession? Peter Radford offers 36 actions school leaders can take



The power of chess

15 October 2019

The Ormiston Academies Trust is investing in chess clubs at its schools. Jemima Waltho looks at how the project has developed


Teaching computing: What the research says

15 October 2019

Many teachers have devised great ways of teaching computing, but is there any academic research that we can draw on for guidance? Terry Freedman takes a look...


Curriculum development: Two key questions

9 October 2019

Teachers talk a lot about pedagogy, but often neglect to discuss the curriculum and how it translates into their lessons. Curriculum specialist Stephen Rollett looks at how we can have high-quality conversations about what we teach...




CPD workshop: Lunchtime behaviour

9 October 2019

In this series, Steve Burnage offers CPD workshop ideas that can be adapted for your school. Here, he looks at positive behaviour management for lunchtime supervisors and support staff


In the classroom: Teaching by algorithm

9 October 2019

How can algorithms, flowcharts and checklists be put to good use in education without us losing our sense of humanity, professional autonomy or creativity? Matt Bromley offers some practical ideas and reflections


Creating a positive culture in your school

9 October 2019

Teaching is the fourth most stressful job there is according to the Health and Safety Executive. Sophie Howells looks at how a positive school culture can protect teacher and staff wellbeing


Some early career TLC

9 October 2019

Drawing on research findings can help schools to nurture and support teachers who are in the early stages of their careers. Roger Purdy explains his school’s approach


Ofsted's EIF, equality and diversity

1 October 2019

The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came into effect in September promising to advance equality of opportunity for all learners. Dawn Jotham considers what the EIF means in the context of equality and diversity


How to teach and encourage independent study skills

1 October 2019

Learning how to study independently is an important skill that will serve students both now and in their future education endeavours. Andy McHugh looks at how secondary teachers can instil independent study habits


Parental engagement and communication

1 October 2019

Parental engagement can be easier said than done, but there are a number of simple techniques and approaches that can work when building trust and relationships with parents. Al Kingsley explains


Developing your middle leaders

24 September 2019

How can we best support our teachers who want to make the step-up to middle leadership? Adam Riches offers some ideas for school leaders to help them boost staff development


A collaborative approach to mental health support

24 September 2019

Adopting a collaborative approach and developing your existing networks can help improve the mental health of students and teachers. Lisa Fathers explains how this approach has worked in Greater Manchester


Meet the parents: Parental engagement for teachers

24 September 2019

Effective parental communication and engagement is a key ingredient for successful teaching and good outcomes. Dave Stephenson advises on how teachers can positively and constructively engage with parents to get them on board...


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