Leadership and Policy

Preparing for PISA

6 February 2014

Preparations are already underway for the PISA 2015 assessments. Martin Ripley, who is involved in the UK management of the tests, explains the process.


School sporting priorities

6 February 2014

The Youth Sport Trust national conference this week shines a spotlight on school sport. John Steele looks at the implications of recent developments including curriculum and accountability changes, and the Sport Premium.


Handling difficult parents

6 February 2014

Schools often have to handle high expectations and demands from their parents, but what happens when things get out of hand? Helen Otty and Andrew McGregor look at what lessons can be learned from a recent legal case involving a private school.



Strategies for EAL success

23 January 2014

For many schools, it is vital to have a robust strategy for supporting students who have English as an additional language. Hayley Jarvis explains some of her approaches, emphasising that it is not just about literacy.


The evolving role of SBMs

16 January 2014

Data suggests that school business managers are taking on new and wider responsibilities. Christopher Woolfrey takes a closer look.


The case for school to school collaboration

16 January 2014

Is collaboration between schools the secret to educational success? And what makes for a successful partnership between schools? Chris Smith considers the importance of working together.


Are you responsible when hiring third-party contractors?

9 January 2014

When bringing in third parties to carry out certain functions, to what extent is your school liable when things go wrong? Legal expert Ben Collingwood looks at the ‘non-delegable duty of care’ and the implications of a recent court case.


Legal advice: Student injuries at school

9 January 2014

Student injuries are always a possibility during the average school day, but to what extent can schools be held liable? Katrina Boyd offers some legal advice.





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: 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 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.




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.


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.


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.

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