Best Practice


Religious education – the fight-back begins

14 November 2013

One of the main casualties of education policy, including the EBacc, has been RE. But now the subject’s supporters have hit back, carrying out an 18-month review and producing a new curriculum framework to raise the status of RE. Teacher Kate Christopher


Approaches to performance-related pay

14 November 2013

Will performance-related pay affect staff relationships? Christopher Woolfrey looks at what school leaders think about the controversial policy and how they are preparing.


Plagiarism pitfalls: Preparing your students

7 November 2013

Plagiarism is a real danger for students progressing to university. Dr Cath Ellis looks at what universities expect from students, while Gill Rowell considers how schools can design course assignments to teach key essay skills and steer students away from




The SEN Code of Practice explained

7 November 2013

The government recently unveiled its proposed new SEN Code of Practice. Jane Friswell outlines the implications for state-maintained schools.


Are you ready for computing?

7 November 2013

How can schools inspire both their students and staff to embrace the new computing curriculum next year? Wendy Devolder offers her advice.


Alcohol: Let’s talk about it

5 November 2013

PSHE has been branded not good enough at informing young people about alcohol, but there are proven ways to put that right. Anneka Dawson explains.


Bring nature into the classroom

5 November 2013

For many urban schools, getting students out to experience nature can be tricky. However, nature can also be brought into the classroom. Simon Birbeck offers some ideas.


The 7 levels of student impact

17 October 2013

A recent article on student impact – as opposed to student voice or leadership – generated much debate. Its author Tom Middlehurst responds by defining the seven levels of student involvement in school life.


Helping them prepare psychologically for exams

17 October 2013

Successful exam preparation involves developing successful study habits and overcoming those key psychological barriers. Patricia Orlunwo Ikiriko offers vital advice to help you prepare your students.


Do you have an edtech idea?

17 October 2013

Teachers are being invited to pitch their ideas for new education technologies at a series of free Dragon’s Den-style workshops. Anna Pedroza explains.


When poor behaviour is a cover

17 October 2013

Students with language and literacy difficulties face huge barriers accessing the curriculum and often use poor behaviour as a strategy to cover up their problems. Speech and language therapist Jules Clarke advises.


10 steps to a world class education system

17 October 2013

Ahead of this year’s Whole Education conference, David Crossley draws on the views of national and international education leaders to define how we can build a world class system. He offers 10 key ways forward and a manifesto for change.


‘In 22 years, I have never seen anything quite like it’

17 October 2013

When musician, writer and performer Lois Walden visited an inner city London school to engage with 24 shy and introverted students, Karen Sullivan was uncertain about the impact she would have. But the experience left her – and the students –mesmerised.


Taking the sex out of STIs

17 October 2013

Many teachers feel uncomfortable tackling the issue of STIs within PSHE education. Al Campbell from teen health website Doctor Wellgood suggests a new approach.



Time for TEA – support students' mental health

10 October 2013

Earlier this year, Newall Green High School in Manchester was recognised in the national Resilience and Results awards because of its work in supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of students and the school community. Kevin Buchanan explain



Getting your NQTs to outstanding

10 October 2013

Lucy Helan discusses her work to improve the quality of teaching in her school by developing a programme to support new teachers to reach outstanding.



One month in: An NQT report

10 October 2013

Like many others, Jenny Turner began life at the chalkface as an NQT in September. One month in, she discusses her ups and downs so far, the key lessons she has learnt, and her priorities for the rest of the term.


Closing the gender gap by empowering female students

10 October 2013

The gender gap is still a major issue in today’s workplaces. Headteacher of an all girls’ school, Sarah Raffray, says giving girls the confidence to break through the glass ceiling begins at an early age. She shares her five tips for empowering your femal


Avoiding the pitfalls of Bring Your Own Device

10 October 2013

Recent research into tablets in schools shows that adoption continues to rise. Caroline Wright and Michal Stein consider the implications of the findings, including legal pitfalls for schools.


Guide To: Mobile Learning

3 October 2013

SecEd's latest Guide To takes a look how schools can implement a successful mobile learning programme. Free to download, it includes a range of advice and tips for school leaders, ICT technicians and teachers.

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