Best Practice



Active approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom

5 December 2013

Practical, active approaches to studying Shakespeare can have a notable impact on achievement. Fiona Banks from Shakespeare’s Globe has just written a book on practical Shakespeare and offers some ideas.


Turning around an underperforming school

5 December 2013

The challenge of turning an underperforming school around can be a daunting one. Principal Dara Carroll discusses some key areas which his school – Milton Keynes Academy – focused on to help turn things around.


Ideas for teaching students leadership skills

5 December 2013

The Girls’ Day School Trust recently held its national Young Leaders Conference. Dr Kevin Stannard discusses some of their schools’ approaches to teaching leadership skills.



The New Professionalism – SSAT National Conference

28 November 2013

SSAT National Conference 2013 is bringing the profession together to develop a blueprint for the future of education. SecEd's preview supplement investigates the four key themes – Professional Capital, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Redesign, and Account


Avoiding the pitfalls of tablet leasing and procurement

28 November 2013

With many schools moving to one-to-one handheld devices, new leasing and finance schemes are emerging. Valerie Thompson outlines some of the risks – and lists the questions you must ask before signing up.


Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

28 November 2013

The impact of Shaun McGuigan’s very simple literacy policy on his school and its students and teachers has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice. It is based on three fundamental premises, as he explains.


NQT Special: Marbles and other top tips for NQTs

28 November 2013

NQT mentors are a crucial support during your first year. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, Emma Lee-Potter speaks to three experienced mentors to get some handy ideas and key advice for new teachers everywhere.


NQT Special: Strategies for managing behaviour

28 November 2013

Managing behaviour is often the biggest challenge for NQTs. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, Matt Bromley discusses why students misbehave, how teachers can and should react in different circumstances, and offers 10 strategies for NQTs on how to ma


NQT Special: Starting the journey to outstanding

28 November 2013

Every NQT aspires to become an outstanding teacher, but where does this journey start and how should you approach the challenge. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, Dorothy Lepkowska asks some experts for their advice.


NQT Special: Meeting the needs of all pupils

28 November 2013

With official statistics indicating that as many as one in five pupils in the UK have an SEN, every NQT must be prepared to teach pupils with a range of conditions. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, Sean Stockdale looks at how you can meet the needs


NQT Special: Develop four outstanding habits

28 November 2013

As an NQT, ensuring you start as you mean to go on with your CPD is vital. As part of SecEd's NQT special edition, David Weston offers four effective professional development habits.


The consequences of too much screen-time

21 November 2013

Schools are embracing the technology revolution and driving up standards as a result. However, not many people are talking about the implications of pupils spending increasing amounts of time staring at screens. Teacher Kester Brewin considers the issue.


Tips for project-based learning

21 November 2013

Project-based learning has the potential to teach key skills and knowledge in a more engaging and real-world way. Earnie Kramer looks at the pros and cons and offers some advice.


The secrets to positive behaviour management

21 November 2013

Behaviour management remains one of the key skills that all teachers need to master. School leader Ben Solly offers his advice on adopting a positive approach to your pupils’ behaviour.


Encouraging reflective learning and critical-thinking

21 November 2013

When music teacher Phil Kennedy wanted to encourage his pupils to engage more deeply in reflective learning and critical-thinking, he devised an in-class research project. Sarah Fleming explains more.


Four steps to choosing your university

21 November 2013

With 189 higher education institutions offering thousands of courses, deciding on which option to take can be difficult for students. Owen O’Neill offers some advice.


What are Career Colleges?

21 November 2013

Launched last month, Career Colleges aim to offer a ‘rounded education’ within a sector or industry for 14 to 19-year-olds. SecEd invited Ruth Gilbert from the Career Colleges Trust to tell us more.


Pensions – How to avoid the Lifetime Allowance cuts

21 November 2013

Yet more changes are afoot when it comes to your pensions. The latest cuts to the lifetime allowance could affect more teachers than you’d think. Expert David Downie explains more and offers 10 key questions that you should be asking.



The four tests of good CPD for your school

14 November 2013

Not every CPD resource or event will suit your teachers or your school. Sarah Coskeran explains the four key questions you must ask before committing to any CPD activity.




The seven secrets to middle leadership

14 November 2013

The cogs of middle leadership are among the most important in the school system, but what are the secrets to being a successful and effective middle leader? Ben Solly offers seven key pieces of advice.

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