School Workforce

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


CPD: Five things schools should...

11 March 2020

Are you planning next year’s CPD programme for your school/s? Maria Cunningham suggests five things the evidence says you should leave out


Differentiation: Time to rethink our approach?

26 February 2020

Differentiation for pupils, including those with SEN, is important – but it does not have to be all-consuming for the teacher. Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston discuss some simple adjustments to our thinking and teaching


Saving time: Effective and efficient CPD

25 February 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this five-part series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Part two focuses on effective CPD sessions that can reduce workload


Good practice for professional coaching

25 February 2020

Drawing upon the literature and her experience as a professional coach, Helen Webb discusses the importance of effective contracting for in-school coaching programmes, including return on investment, goal-setting, confidentiality and demonstrating impact




Retention: The vital role of teacher autonomy

5 February 2020

Evidence is emerging showing the strong link between teacher autonomy, job satisfaction and retention rates in schools. Michelle Barker considers four new research findings


How to pick the right candidates for interview

5 February 2020

Interview shortlisting is a vital stage of recruitment. Kaley Foran looks at how to ensure your school’s shortlisting process is fair and can stand up to scrutiny if a decision is challenged


LGBT+ in the classroom: I am (not) what I am

29 January 2020

Being a teacher sometimes requires us to forcibly gather our strength to make it through the gates. Gathering strength, gearing up, putting on one’s armour – but must it also include denying one’s self? Nadine Pittam discusses the challenges of being an LGBT+ teacher





First headship: Inclusion, curriculum & staff development

4 December 2019

Andrew Deen stepped into his first headship role in June. He spoke to Elliot Pearce about the professional journey he took to get to this point – and maps-out his priorities for delivering school improvement in a challenging context


The job interview: Tips for schools

26 November 2019

As a school, conducting effective interview days will go a long way to convincing prospective teachers that this is the job for them. Having recently experienced the interview process at two schools, Kristina Symons offers some advice…


NQT Special: Protecting yourself

19 November 2019

Your wellbeing as an NQT is vital and you should be learning now the habits that will sustain you through a long and successful teaching career. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Sophie Howells offers some advice and encouragement


Chickens. candles and staff wellbeing

19 November 2019

If we cultivate freedom and innovation, teacher performance will soar – and this culture begins with middle leaders (as well as with chickens and candles). Peter Radford explains


NQT Special: Working with other adults

13 November 2019

Teachers must work effectively with a range of colleagues. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Matt Bromley looks at the different professional relationships that will help you to become a better teacher


Prioritising subject-specific CPD in your school

13 November 2019

The role of subject-specific CPD and curriculum development in effective teaching is vital. Maria Cunningham looks at some of the research and considers best practice approaches


NQT Special: Some advice from year 2

13 November 2019

Last year’s NQT diarist for SecEd is now well into her second year at the chalkface. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, we asked her to offer some words of experience to this year’s NQT cohort...



Cognitive Load Theory and worked examples

6 November 2019

Can putting yourselves in your students’ shoes help you to become a better teacher? Former maths teacher turned research manager Kiran Arora reflects on his experience of using Cognitive Load Theory and worked examples to tackle new areas of learning


NQT Special: Avoiding pupil disengagement

6 November 2019

What does pupil ‘disengagement’ really mean? And what teaching behaviours do we need to avoid to prevent this in our classrooms? As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Joel Wirth offers some teaching ideas


NQT Special: Teaching exam classes

6 November 2019

Among the challenges of the NQT year will be taking on your first examination classes. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, Matt Bromley suggests approaches we might take to help students get good outcomes...


NQT Special: Surviving your PGCE year

6 November 2019

This year’s SecEd NQT diarist is well into his first term at the chalkface. As part of SecEd's autumn 2019 NQT special edition, he offers his advice to the current cohort of trainee teachers on surviving and thriving during your training year

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