Best Practice


Giving your students free rein

5 July 2012

The need for assessment can often restrict the scope of students' work. Kester Brewin reports on a statistics project that is wide-ranging, student-led, ethical, challenging ― all because it is not going to be marked.


Building up your brand

5 July 2012

We may not like it, but having a strong brand is increasingly important for today's schools. Deborah Benady offers some advice.


Inspiring the future

5 July 2012

A new initiative is aiming to give state pupils the same opportunities as their independent school peers when it comes to meeting employers and getting crucial career insights. Carol Glover explains


The seven levels of NQT success

28 June 2012

As this year's NQTs embrace the arrival of the summer, SecEd's CPD expert Margaret Adams offers her advice on reflecting on your first year at the chalkface.


When an inspector calls

28 June 2012

One of the most stressful experiences for new teachers is that first Ofsted inspection. Dorothy Lepkowska offers some survival advice, particularly for trainee teachers who will start their NQT year in September.


Games design and coding

28 June 2012

Games industry veteran Harvey Elliott urges schools to embrace games design and coding and looks at a new initiative that can help.


Funding building refurbishments

28 June 2012

The axing of the Building Schools for the Future left many schools in limbo, with poor buildings but no funding to replace them. Vincent King looks at funding refurbishments in a post-BSF world, while Andy Shaw offers some money-saving tips.


The enigmas of Alan Turing

28 June 2012

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing was a national hero and a mathematical genius. Teacher Kester Brewin considers how his inspiring yet tragic story could engage your students.


All change for A levels?

28 June 2012

The exams watchdog has proposed a major overhaul of the structure of A levels. Pete Henshaw delves into the consultation document and gauges the reaction from the education sector.


Are you ready for year 2 at the chalkface?

28 June 2012

SecEd's NQT diarist from 2011/12 has just completed his second year at the chalkface. Here, he offers his advice for last year's NQTs as they prepare for year 2.


Assessment for Learning

28 June 2012

Effective use of Assessment for Learning can help teachers to promote truly independent learning. Advanced skills teacher Denise Smith offers young teachers some advice on implementing AfL successfully.



How to approach the summer

28 June 2012

SecEd's CPD expert Margaret Adams offers her advice on how new teachers should approach the summer break.



Stretching their horizons

21 June 2012

Nick Parks, an international ski and mountain guide and former head of outdoor education at Marlborough College, discusses how travel can be used across the curriculum and the work of the Stretching Horizons network.


Twelve governing top tips

21 June 2012

Karina Carter, a chair of governors and a National Leader of Governance, offers her 12 tips for governing excellence.


The problem with UCAS personal statements

21 June 2012

With fees set to hit £9,000 and no rise in the proportion of state school applicants to the top universities, Dr Steven Jones reports on a proposed remedy that may actually be part of the problem.


Is this the year for 3D?

21 June 2012

As 3D becomes increasingly common, Mark Robinson argues how this popular technology could be used in the classroom to change the face of the learning experience.


Students' science aspirations

21 June 2012

Professor Louise Archer reports on research into the attitudes of young students towards STEM subjects and careers as they move from primary to secondary ― and the implications for key stage 3 teaching.




Developing healthy habits

14 June 2012

What can pupils' attitudes towards how they eat and exercise tell us about the role schools play in promoting healthy habits? Surveys and research by the NFER reveal some interesting insights.


Resources to support EAL students

14 June 2012

ICT can play a key role in supporting students who have English as an additional language. SEN expert Sal McKeown recommends some of her choice resources.


The power of pets

14 June 2012

The educational and therapeutic effects that an animal can bring are well recognised, but what about their potential in the secondary school environment, especially with hard-to-reach students? Teacher Isobel Durrant takes a look.


Science centres of excellence

14 June 2012

The National STEM Centre and its regional hubs offer a wealth of CPD support for science teachers and co-ordinators, with many resources available for free. Yvonne Baker explains more.

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