Facilities

Assurance: It’s not sexy, but it’s important

2 February 2021

From boilers to putrefied rat remains, from magic buckets to burglar alarms – assurance is not well understood in education and the consequences can be catastrophic. MAT chief executive Mark Wilson explains


PFI: Challenging overly expensive contracts

18 January 2021

As an academy trust CEO, Andrew Chubb successfully challenged aspects of his school’s PFI contract, leading to substantial savings. He looks here at why PFI often proves unfairly expensive for schools – and what can be done about it




Planning your school's digital strategy post-Covid

29 September 2020

With the future still uncertain, digital plans for schools have taken on a new significance and we must ensure that ed-tech can be used effectively both in-school and remotely. Al Kingsley offers some advice and reflections


Research skills and curriculum support in the school library

22 September 2020

The school library – and librarian – can play a crucial role in supporting your curriculum projects and by teaching crucial research and other skills. But how can school librarians engage with teaching staff and kick-start effective collaboration? Valerie Dewhurst advises



Social justice and schools: Resources & funding

8 June 2020

In a seven-part series, teacher and school leader David Anderson considers how schools can be a key driver for social justice and how we can make our education system more equitable. In part three, he considers huge disparities between state and private schools when it comes to resources and funding





What exactly is asbestos?

26 April 2017

With around 85 per cent of UK schools containing asbestos, SecEd has long written about the implications of managing this potentially deadly material. Brook Spencer considers what asbestos is and why it is a danger



The UK’s most inspiring school library

14 October 2015

What makes the perfect school library? Emma Lee-Potter speaks to the secondary winner of this year’s School Library Inspiration Award to find out


Funding for school buildings

19 March 2015

Finding the money to repair and maintain your school buildings is a major headache for school leaders. Kate Gilliford looks at some possible funding streams.



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