Support staff

Wellbeing at Christmas: Time to focus on you

7 December 2020

This Christmas holiday may be the first time that many teachers and school leaders have chance to take a breath and step back from the chaos and stress of Covid-19. Sophie Howells says that now is the time to prioritise your wellbeing – and offers some ideas


How to collect staff feedback on workload and wellbeing

25 November 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, it is important to check in on your staff to see how remote learning and Covid restrictions are affecting their workload and wellbeing. Katherine Fowler shares some practical tips on how to talk to your staff and gather feedback, so that you can help ...


Covid-19: Managing and supporting your school's staff

21 October 2020

With increased staff absence due to Covid-19, increased anxiety among our colleagues, and an ever-changing landscape, supporting and managing our teaching colleagues is a priority for school leaders this year. Employment law expert Jane Hallas offers some tips



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



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


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



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


Staff wellbeing: 36 ideas for your school

22 October 2019

How can we ensure the teachers in our school are engaged, motivated and committed to remaining in the profession? Peter Radford offers 36 actions school leaders can take



CPD workshop: Lunchtime behaviour

9 October 2019

In this series, Steve Burnage offers CPD workshop ideas that can be adapted for your school. Here, he looks at positive behaviour management for lunchtime supervisors and support staff


Is your school family-friendly?

11 September 2019

Research has identified flexible and part-time working as being one of the keys to the recruitment and retention crisis in schools. Drawing on her own experience, Amy Benziane considers how schools can – and must – become more family friendly...




Looking after your teaching voice

14 May 2019

As a teacher, losing your voice can be debilitating and is an ever-present risk given how much we talk day-to-day. Do you look after your voice? Nikki Doig offers some practical tips


The death of teaching: Know who you’re not

6 February 2019

What common classroom practices might we change in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Continuing his series, Joel Wirth looks this week at rules, and why ‘firm but fair’ consistency is vital


In the classroom: Getting scaffolding right

30 January 2019

Scaffolding is an essential part of teaching, but has its real meaning become lost? Annabel Daniels says we must focus on scaffolding strategies rather than tools. With a focus on English study, she offers some practical reflections


NQT Special: Working with teaching assistants

28 November 2018

What is the secret to fostering a successful working relationship with the teaching assistants who you will undoubtedly be working with in your classroom? Matt Bromley offers his 4Cs


CPD workshop: How teaching assistants can support student learning

7 November 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at how to ensure teaching assistants are best able to support students’ learning and progress


Staff wellbeing: Secondary traumatic stress

3 October 2018

Secondary trauma occurs when the act of supporting a traumatised young person becomes traumatic in itself – and it is a danger teachers should be aware of. Darren Martindale advises



CPD: Getting coaching right in your school

12 September 2018

Investing more time in coaching approaches to professional development could pay dividends for your school, says assistant principal Laura Mackay. She offers some tenets of good practice

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