Curriculum

Rejecting catch-up: Recalibrating and responding beyond the pandemic

6 April 2021

How many pupils want to be told – repeatedly – that they are behind? It’s not about ‘catch-up’, but ‘recalibration’ says Sean Harris. He reports on what this looks like at Bede Academy in Northumberland and what our priorities should be, both this term and next academic year


Earth Day 2021: Inspiring young global citizens

5 April 2021

This year’s Earth Day on April 22 offers secondary schools the chance to engage pupils in issues relating to climate change and environmental protection. Harriet Marshall and Matthew Smitheman offer some ideas



Case study: Planning a subject curriculum

1 February 2021

How do you design your curriculum? What questions must you ask? What processes must you go through? Head of English Chloe Testa describes how she worked with colleagues to completely overhaul her school’s English curriculum


Zero carbon schools by 2030

26 January 2021

The Let’s Go Zero campaign is urging schools to pledge to go zero carbon within a decade. Here, campaign manager Alex Green explains what is involved. We also hear from the Eco Team at St Francis Xavier School, one of those leading the campaign. They tell us about their work, including their recent ...


Lockdown teaching and learning: A quick guide for families

19 January 2021

Feeling daunted by the return to remote teaching? In this two-part series Sara Davidson and Sean Harris look at some of the basic research-informed principles that can help teachers and parents to navigate learning at home. In part two they offer advice for parents/carers



Black Lives Matter: How schools must respond

25 November 2020

What implications should the Black Lives Matter movement have for what and how we teach in our primary and secondary schools? Matt Bromley considers the key questions we must be asking of our curriculum in light of events around the world this year


What should remote education look like in your school?

11 November 2020

What is remote learning? What isn’t it? And how are schools approaching it? Tom Middlehurst takes a practical look at what school leaders and teachers can and should be doing to fulfil their legal and moral obligations this term and beyond


Closing the Covid-19 gap for EAL pupils

9 November 2020

SecEd has previously outlined the risks presented by Covid-19 to learning and progress for specific pupils with English as an additional language. Continuing this focus, Emily Curran now offers some practical socially distanced strategies to support EAL pupils during the pandemic


RSE and parental consultation: Getting it right

4 November 2020

Parental engagement and consultation is a vital component of effective relationships and sex education. Leah Jewett offers her advice to secondary schools on RSE delivery and parental engagement


Teaching Islam: Challenging prejudices

3 November 2020

How can we teach about Islam more authentically in RE lessons? Ahead of Interfaith Week – November 8 to 15 – Lat Blaylock, co-author of a new resource, considers the duty of education to tackle stereotypes and challenge prejudices


Six steps for a positive mindset in the maths classroom

13 October 2020

If a student believes they are not good at maths it can have a negative impact on their attitude and confidence. Alexandra Riley offers six tips to help shift young people’s mindset and make a positive difference to their outcomes



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


Curriculum impact: Assessment, pace, progress & outcomes

9 September 2020

Having already tackled intent and implementation in SecEd this year, Matt Bromley now turns his attention to the third Ofsted ‘I’ – impact. In the second of two articles, he offers practical advice for schools, focusing on how we teach the curriculum and the pace of pupil progress and outcomes


Curriculum impact: The right end-points?

2 September 2020

Having already tackled intent and implementation in SecEd this year, Matt Bromley now turns his attention to the third Ofsted ‘I’ – impact – offering practical advice for schools in this two-part article. He begins in part one with a focus on curriculum end-points, design and sequencing among other ...


Secondary RSE and SEND inclusion

1 September 2020

Relationships, sex and health education is a statutory requirement from this month. Rachael Baker looks at what we must do to ensure our curriculum is inclusive for SEND learners and offers some resources, advice and ideas


Knowledge and skills: How you can achieve both in your school

30 June 2020

There is a virus doing the rounds – it makes people think that knowledge and skills cannot co-habit. Professor Guy Claxton says that ‘both/and’ – not ‘either/or’ – is perfectly possible. He offers some practical reflections for school leaders


Character education: What does it look like?

31 May 2020

The virtues and traits that are developed through effective character education have never been more important as young people navigate their way through the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on the Schools of Character Kitemark, Tom Haigh looks at what it means place character at the heart of your school


Designing and developing a subject curriculum

25 May 2020

Drawing upon his experience supporting a number of middle leaders with the development of their secondary history curriculum, Ed James reflects on some of the key discussion points and effective approaches


Delivering effective mental health education

20 May 2020

With health education becoming compulsory in September, there is an opportunity for a clearer focus on mental wellbeing. Clare Stafford speaks with two mental health experts about effective whole-school approaches and practical tips for schools preparing to deliver the new curriculum


Curriculum implementation: Teaching and learning

13 May 2020

?In January, Matt Bromley gave us the low-down on curriculum intent. He now turns his attention to the second Ofsted ‘I’ –implementation. In part two of this two-part article, he focuses on what it means for classroom practice



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