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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


A discussion about student behaviour

19 November 2019

Poor behaviour does not happen in isolation – something is driving it, and a one-size-fits-all approach to behaviour management will not work. Sarah Long advises


Chickens. candles and staff wellbeing

19 November 2019

If we cultivate freedom and innovation, teacher performance will soar – and this culture begins with middle leaders (as well as with chickens and candles). Peter Radford explains


NQT Special: Working with other adults

13 November 2019

Teachers must work effectively with a range of colleagues. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Matt Bromley looks at the different professional relationships that will help you to become a better teacher



Getting statutory RSE right for SEND students

13 November 2019

Relationships and sex education is statutory from September 2020 for all pupils, including those with SEND. Adele Bates advises schools on how to ensure this group does not miss out on these vital lessons


Prioritising subject-specific CPD in your school

13 November 2019

The role of subject-specific CPD and curriculum development in effective teaching is vital. Maria Cunningham looks at some of the research and considers best practice approaches


NQT Special: Some advice from year 2

13 November 2019

Last year’s NQT diarist for SecEd is now well into her second year at the chalkface. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, we asked her to offer some words of experience to this year’s NQT cohort...



Ofsted: What curriculum evidence will they need?

6 November 2019

With Ofsted’s new ‘quality of education’ judgement in mind, Imogen Rowley examines how inspectors will be judging the ‘intent, implementation and impact’ of your curriculum


Cognitive Load Theory and worked examples

6 November 2019

Can putting yourselves in your students’ shoes help you to become a better teacher? Former maths teacher turned research manager Kiran Arora reflects on his experience of using Cognitive Load Theory and worked examples to tackle new areas of learning


NQT Special: Avoiding pupil disengagement

6 November 2019

What does pupil ‘disengagement’ really mean? And what teaching behaviours do we need to avoid to prevent this in our classrooms? As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Joel Wirth offers some teaching ideas


NQT Special: Teaching exam classes

6 November 2019

Among the challenges of the NQT year will be taking on your first examination classes. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Matt Bromley suggests approaches we might take to help students get good outcomes...



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

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