Resources and projects

PSHE: Five tried and tested tips

24 June 2020

PSHE equips students with an understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Head of PSHE Andrew Hedley shares five tried and tested tips to get the most from lessons


Critical thinking activities and ideas

23 June 2020

In an age of misinformation and in the midst of a global pandemic, critical thinking and judgement have fast become essential life-skills. Rebecca Kitchen reports on a CPD project to improve young people’s critical thinking and discusses some approaches and best practice


Extended science practical investigations

8 June 2020

Extended practical investigations take time and planning to get right, but the results in terms of staff and student motivation can make this worthwhile. They can also inspire students to continue with their STEM studies into higher education. Head of chemistry Lisa Niven explains


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




Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 3

27 April 2020

This is the third edition of the SecEd compendium of home schooling and remote education resources for schools, teachers and parents. We cover a range of subjects, as well as exercise and keeping fit, mental health and wellbeing, cultural and arts activities, and whole-school support






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: Supporting families and pupils learning from home

21 March 2020

Schools face a raft of new challenges as they seek to support the home education of their students. Matt Bromley offers his reflections on what teachers and schools can do to ensure learning continues as much as possible during the coronavirus emergency




The Holocaust: Humanising the inhuman

15 January 2020

Teaching the Holocaust effectively and communicating the harrowing reality of what happened is a challenge for all schools. Drawing on the work of the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre, Emma King looks at how we can make it real for students


Getting statutory RSE right for SEND students

13 November 2019

Relationships and sex education is statutory from September 2020 for all pupils, including those with SEND. Adele Bates advises schools on how to ensure this group does not miss out on these vital lessons


The power of chess

15 October 2019

The Ormiston Academies Trust is investing in chess clubs at its schools. Jemima Waltho looks at how the project has developed


In the classroom: Teaching by algorithm

9 October 2019

How can algorithms, flowcharts and checklists be put to good use in education without us losing our sense of humanity, professional autonomy or creativity? Matt Bromley offers some practical ideas and reflections


How to teach and encourage independent study skills

1 October 2019

Learning how to study independently is an important skill that will serve students both now and in their future education endeavours. Andy McHugh looks at how secondary teachers can instil independent study habits


Into Film Festival 2019

11 September 2019

Themes at the 2019 Into Film Festival include climate change, rebellion and mental wellbeing among many others. The popular event runs from November 6 to 22 and is curriculum-linked. Sam Wilson introduces the programme



Ideas to get them reading

3 July 2019

Getting secondary school pupils to pick up a book and develop a love of reading can sometimes be a challenge. School librarian Stephanie Horton explains the three core strategies employed at Smith’s Wood Academy and offers a few ideas and tips...


Using video effectively in your lessons

12 June 2019

Film clips can prove a powerful pupil engagement tool for teachers, but what are the golden rules for using video in lessons? Dr Neelam Parmar advises


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