School Workforce

Flexible working: How can it work for your school?

5 October 2021

Over the last 18 months more school staff will have worked flexibly than ever before, but what does flexible working actually mean in the secondary school context? Louise Hatswell looks at employment law, best practice and offers some guidance for employers




Creating diversity in our teaching workforce

14 September 2021

How do we create meaningful representation in our schools? Hannah Wilson of the Diverse Educators network advises on how we can diversify our workforce while avoiding tokenism



Early Career Framework: Roll-out and next steps

6 September 2021

The Early Career Framework is here and with it comes a new two-year induction cycle for early career teachers across England. Leora Cruddas identifies some key questions schools should be addressing as full roll-out of the ECF begins...


Research and evidence-led teaching: From consumers to creators

6 September 2021

Following up their previous article on how to interpret educational research, Dr Fiona Aubrey Smith and Prof Peter Twining urge teachers to shift from being consumers of research to co-creating and sharing their own knowledge and experiences…



Employment law and Covid-19: The key issues

23 August 2021

With a new term upon us, where do we stand in relation to our school staff, vaccinations, self-isolation and other key Covid-related issues? Employment law expert Jane Hallas offers her reflections


CPD: How to unlock education research

23 August 2021

Unpacking research findings can be challenging. Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith and Professor Peter Twining offer teachers and CPD leaders some practical tips about how to source and interpret the latest research efficiently and effectively and discusses some of the common flaws to look out for


CPD that makes a difference: A checklist for schools

5 July 2021

For professional learning to be effective teachers must have clarity about the changes they are seeking and agency so that they can act upon their learning. Fiona Aubrey-Smith offers a checklist for schools


Teach Like a Champion: Implementing Lemov

18 June 2021

Teach Like a Champion is an internationally renowned educational book and theory that has been adopted by many schools looking to improve quality of teaching. Adam Riches explains how his school has implemented Lemov...


How sustainable is your school’s CPD provision?

13 June 2021

Does your school have a CPD offer? Or does it have a culture of learning? Michelle Barker shares some self-evaluation questions to help you review the sustainability of your school’s CPD provision


Tough choices? How to navigate the CPD marketplace

7 June 2021

With so many experts, partners, consultants and providers, how can school leaders better navigate the CPD marketplace? Maria Cunningham looks at new research into quality-assurance, and its implications for your school’s CPD commissioning



Five steps to school staff wellbeing

31 May 2021

After the year we have had, schools must be placing staff wellbeing at the top of the agenda – and it is not hard to do. Sophie Howells offers five easy approaches to get you started


Making Every Lesson Count: Six pedagogical principles

25 May 2021

The education book Making Every Lesson Count describes six pedagogical principles – from challenging to modelling to feedback – that can give us a great framework for teaching. Helen Webb offers some ideas and tips for how these principles can work in practice




Ready for the Early Career Framework? Five things to do now

17 May 2021

Given the challenges of the last year, some schools have not quite got to grips with the impending Early Career Framework reforms. Leora Cruddas offers five things you can do now to support early career teachers from September


The senior mental health lead: What does this new role entail?

17 May 2021

The government wants every school to have a designated mental health lead in place by 2025 and has begun to fund training to support this goal. In light of the pandemic’s impact, the role could well be a crucial part of recovery. Sam Preston looks at what it will entail


How to ensure online parents’ evenings are effective

11 May 2021

One of the most popular innovations during Covid has been the move to online parents’ evenings, but principal Daniel Locke-Wheaton says they require careful handling if they are to prove an effective and permanent alternative


EAL in the Early Career Framework

10 May 2021

The Early Career Framework makes no mention of teaching pupils who use English as an additional language, despite the fact that nearly half of teachers teach in diverse classrooms. Silvana Richardson advises



Staff wellbeing: Five resilience hacks

5 April 2021

Protecting the wellbeing of our education workforce is crucial during the pandemic. Martina Witter offers five resilience hacks for teaching staff to help support wellbeing during these times of change and uncertainty

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