Government policy





A school system that drives social justice: Collaboration vs competition

25 May 2020

In this seven-part series, teacher and school leader David Anderson considers how schools can be a key driver for social justice and offers us a blueprint for how we can make our education system more equitable. In part two, he looks at why we must end our system’s obsession with competition – and ...


Ed-tech: Making industry collaboration work for your school

11 May 2020

Collaboration between schools and ed-tech companies is one of the priorities of the government’s digital strategy. Al Kingsley looks at the risks, rewards and cost-benefits for schools considering a co-production partnership



Coronavirus: Provision and teaching in school during the crisis

23 March 2020

For the foreseeable future, schools are only open to children of key workers, vulnerable students or those with an EHCP. Matt Bromley looks at what kind of provision we can reasonably offer these students at a time of national crisis and staff shortages



Coronavirus: Crisis management and school closure – issues to consider

18 March 2020

Schools are closing across the UK in the face of the coronavirus emergency. As they prepare to shut their doors, Matt Bromley looks at some of the issues headteachers will need to think about, including practical considerations, supporting staff, the continuation of learning, and safeguarding


SEND and SENCO support: Tenets of best practice

4 March 2020

The high numbers of pupils with SEN are putting a huge strain on school finances – and on SENCOs themselves. Margaret Mulholland looks at some tenets of best practice, what Ofsted wants to see, and how schools can best support their SENCOs


LGBT+ in the RSE curriculum

4 December 2019

Ahead of SecEd’s Delivering Statutory RSE conference in January, expert Adele Bates – who will be leading two workshops at the event – looks at how we should be including LGBT+ in the new curriculum and signposts to some useful resources


Tackling period poverty: Secondary school roll-out

19 November 2019

In an average classroom of 30, two girls will miss school due to period poverty. The government has now agreed to fund free sanitary products in schools to help end period poverty. Chris Brown looks at what the research says and how schools might approach implementation



GDPR in schools: One year on...

12 June 2019

GDPR recently celebrated its first anniversary, but there is still confusion in schools about data duties and obligations. Richard Skipper provides clarity on some common problems


LGBT within high-quality RSE

8 May 2019

What can schools do to make LGBT-inclusive approaches central to high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education for all pupils. Lucy Emmerson offers some guidance


Brexit: What schools need to know

13 March 2019

Brexit is upon us! Ahead of our EU exit, Imogen Rowley looks at the issues and considerations that schools need to be aware of


Regional Schools Commissioners: Lifting the veil

6 March 2019

The world of Regional Schools Commissioners and Headteacher Boards has long seemed opaque. Brian Rossiter looks at how the system has evolved and advises on how school leaders can best engage with their RSC


Handling incidents of sexual assault in schools

16 January 2019

Preventing and responding to incidents of child-on-child sexual assault is a key part of safeguarding in the school environment. Emma Banister Dean offers a practical guide for schools and parents


Aspects of effective PSHE

16 January 2019

High-quality PSHE is essential to the wellbeing of our students. Last week, Matt Bromley looked at how to create and lead an effective PSHE programme. This week he looks at what Ofsted has to say on the matter and offers further advice about the tenets of effective PSHE



Curriculum for Excellence: What now?

5 December 2018

It is clear that there have been a number of problems with the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Headteacher John Rutter gives us his ‘state of the nation’ and considers what now needs to happen


A roadmap to statutory RSE

14 November 2018

As secondary schools begin to think about delivering statutory RSE in September 2020, Lucy Emmerson offers a roadmap to help plan ahead


Ready for 2020? RSE and health education

14 November 2018

The consultation over proposed guidance for statutory relationships and sex education and health education has closed. John Rees looks at how schools might begin preparing for these vital new subjects


Reviewing your safeguarding practice

19 September 2018

A big focus for schools this term will be ensuring proper implementation of the updated statutory safeguarding guidance. Sam Preston considers the new requirements and offers some practical advice

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