Best Practice


Red Nose Day: Letting your students take control

31 January 2013

Letting your students take charge of planning charitable activities boosts their confidence, supports learning and develops life-skills. John Duncan explains how his students take charge for Comic Relief.





Five steps to a sustainable 1-1 student device roll-out

31 January 2013

Whether buying, leasing or asking them to bring their own, trying to equip every student with a device is a challenging exercise and making it sustainable is dependent on several critical issues. School leader Ben Solly explains.



Successful school fundraising in 10 steps

31 January 2013

Squeezed budgets and government cuts have made life difficult for schools and placed a new importance on raising additional monies locally. Rachel Gordon offers 10 dos and don’ts for successful school fundraising.


Comberton's academy conversion

31 January 2013

In the final of his series of four articles looking at the pros and cons of academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Comberton Village College, which has embraced conversion.


A blueprint for ICT innovation

24 January 2013

The recent Decoding Learning study seeks to pinpoint innovative practice by teachers and students when it comes to exploiting technology in education. It offers eight approaches to innovation with ICT. Professor Rosemary Luckin explains.


Student Council Summit – developing pupil voice

24 January 2013

All Saints Catholic School recently hosted its first Student Council Summit involving nine local schools. Danni Almond explains why the school decided to create and host the event and discusses the importance of pupil voice.


Creating apps in the classroom

24 January 2013

Computing teacher Genevieve Smith-Nunes will be hosting a seminar at Bett 2013 looking at developing apps with your students using a versatile free web resource.


In-class assessment using pupils' mobiles

24 January 2013

After receiving a positive response to his article last year, Jamie Freeman has been working with SecEd readers to further develop a project using pupils’ mobile devices to help with in-class assessment.


School exclusions and the SEN expert

24 January 2013

Independent SEN experts are playing an increasingly common role in exclusion processes. Legal expert Richard Wilkins explains more.


Mentoring: Unlocking their potential

24 January 2013

The Unlocking Potential mentoring programme – a partnership between AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust – is being continued in 2013 after remarkable success last year. Andrew Hall explains how you can nominate your students.


Saying no to academy conversion

24 January 2013

Continuing his look at academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Hadley Learning Community about why they decided to say no.


The power of music in education

17 January 2013

Despite the pressures of the English Baccalaureate, Stretford High School has invested in its music provision. Head James Haseldine explains why.


Cornwall's approach to designing new ICT curricula

17 January 2013

Ahead of his seminar at the Bett Show 2013, Ed Walsh from Cornwall Learning discusses how the county’s schools are changing their approaches to ICT education and developing new curricula.



Replacing CPD with JPD

17 January 2013

Maggie Farrar discusses joint practice development, a peer-to-peer approach to CPD which is prioritised and modelled by school leaders too.


You create the weather in your classrooms!!

17 January 2013

How can you create the right climate for learning in your classroom and make it a place your students look forward to coming to? Kathryn Lovewell offers some advice.


Risky data – are your data protection procedures up to scratch?

17 January 2013

A survey of 1,000 schools has found that around half have inadequate policies on data protection and information security. Legal expert Ros Foster looks at the challenges facing schools and the need for many to update their policies and practices on manag


The Equality Act: What schools need to know

17 January 2013

The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of legislation and should make it easier for school leaders and governors to understand their legal responsibilities and tackle inequalities in education. Bill Bolloten explains what schools need to know.


Advice for using RAISEonline 2012

10 January 2013

RAISEonline 2012 contains some significant changes. Colin Logan looks at what additional information can be gleaned from these online reports to help you when Ofsted comes calling.


How do you define 21st century skills?

10 January 2013

What would be on your list of the 21st century skills that all students must be exposed to? Niel McLean discusses how evidence and research must contribute to this debate.


The emerging new SENs of students born prematurely

10 January 2013

In an average class, there will be four children who have been born prematurely. Many of these students have emerging special needs that are different to what teachers have known before. Professor Barry Carpenter is leading work to help schools better sup

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