The SecEd Podcast interviews secondary education experts and focuses on best practice, policy and research in the classroom and across the school, offering practical advice, insights and examples from professionals working in and with UK secondary schools. Each episode features a panel of teachers, school leaders and other experts and tackles topics relevant to secondary teaching and learning and wider education practice.

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The SecEd Podcast: Mental health in schools

This episode offers practical advice and ideas for how schools can support and protect the mental health of their students, including creating mentally healthy school cultures and how to handle interactions with young people who are struggling...

The SecEd Podcast: Effective school governance

This episode considers what good governance looks like in the secondary school, how school leaders and governors can work together productively, and how schools can support their governors to be effective.

The SecEd Podcast: Diversity in School Leadership

This episode looks at leadership diversity in secondary schools, offering a practical discussion about what diverse leadership looks like, how we can develop a diverse leadership culture, and the benefits this can bring to your school.

The SecEd Podcast: Teacher wellbeing: Avoiding burn-out

In 2016, teacher and school leader Peter Radford finally quit the chalkface after burning-out and breaking down due to untenable workload and wellbeing pressures. In this episode we hear his story and get his advice for both teachers and schools on how to avoid burn-out and protect staff wellbeing

The SecEd Podcast: Teacher wellbeing: Protecting school staff

Tens of thousands of teachers quit every year due to poor wellbeing and work/life balance. Across two episodes, we look at what schools can do practically to support the wellbeing of teaching staff and what teachers themselves can do to protect their wellbeing.

The SecEd Podcast: Boosting secondary school attendance

This episode of our award-winning podcast looks at why some students struggle to attend school and what we can do about it, drawing upon the findings of two major research reviews to offer practical strategies and tips.

The SecEd Podcast: Budgets and school finance

With soaring costs and real-terms funding cuts, balancing the books has become one of the biggest challenges facing schools today. This episode offers practical advice for effective school financial management during the cost of living crisis.

The SecEd Podcast: Closing the writing gap

In this episode, we speak to Alex Quigley who offers practical tips and ideas for the explicit teaching of writing skills in the secondary classroom.

The SecEd Podcast: Back to school – A leadership checklist

Are you ready for the new school year? This podcast offers a practical checklist for senior leaders working in secondary schools to help you prepare for the autumn term and beyond.

The SecEd Podcast: Supporting students with Long Covid

At least 250,000 children and young people are living with Long Covid, including an estimated 4.8% of secondary-age students. This episode looks at the implications for secondary schools and what we can do to support these students both academically and pastorally

The SecEd Podcast: A teacher’s guide to memory

This episode discusses memory, asking what teachers need to know about how students learn, forget, and remember information. Our experts offer a wealth of tangible teaching tips as they discuss short-term, working, and long-term memory, how they work and interact, and the implications for how we teach.

The SecEd Podcast: Year 6 to 7 transition

This episode looks at how we can support pupils as they make the transition from primary to secondary school. The discussion features two secondary schools and two of their feeder primaries. We consider common transition challenges and solutions with lots of tried and tested ideas for transition interventions and activities

The SecEd Podcast: Extra-curricular activities in schools

This episode considers extra-curricular activities and what effective provision looks like across the secondary school, including common challenges, staffing, quality-control, and ensuring equitable access.

The SecEd Podcast: Appraisal & performance management in schools

This episode looks at how senior and middle leaders can ensure that teacher appraisal and performance management processes are fair and effective, including what they should involve, how objectives should be set, and much more...

The SecEd Podcast: Making homework effective

This podcast asks what secondary teachers should consider when planning homework, including the most effective tasks, what we must avoid doing, what we should do with the results of homework (marking, checking, feedback?), how much homework we should set, and much more!