Best Practice


Testing to support year 7 transition

6 December 2012

Steve Walters explains why his school's introductory/transition programme for year 7 includes the use of a cognitive abilities test.


Using cinema as part of a rewards system

6 December 2012

William Parker School uses the appeal and inspiration of film to motivate its learners. Ruth Roberts explains how they use cinema as part of a rewards system.





Sports and the Pupil Premium

29 November 2012

When School Sport Partnerships were axed, PE teacher Darren Padgett set up a not-for-profit organisation to continue his work. Here he urges schools to consider sporting activities when deciding how to spend their Pupil Premium.


The problems with virtual schooling

29 November 2012

Virtual schools are common in America and their role is being increasingly debated in the UK. Psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the implications of this model of learning and issues a warning.


Do you have a resilience strategy?

29 November 2012

After her NQT year, Kathryn Lovewell had made herself so ill she was hospitalised. She now teaches teachers resilience strategies and has just released a book called Every Teacher Matters.




Surviving inspection as an NQT

29 November 2012

New teachers, more than most perhaps, feel the pressure when inspectors come calling. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at what has changed in the new Ofsted framework and seeks out some advice on surviving inspection for NQTs.


Do you do to-do lists?

29 November 2012

Another former SecEd NQT diarist extols the virtues of to-do lists for the busy young teacher.


NQTs: Are you down and out in December?

29 November 2012

After working flat-out all term, NQTs could well be feeling down and out this December. CPD expert Margaret Adams discusses why this is normal and how you should cope with it.


Key lessons from the first term of Ofsted's new inspection regime

28 November 2012

SecEd's latest "Guide To" publication offers key lessons from the new Ofsted inspection regime, including insider advice from inspectors, a case study of a successful inspection, and top tips covering everything from parental surveys and self-evaluation t


Teaching students leadership skills

22 November 2012

The Learning to Lead project teaches students crucial leadership skills. After visiting two of the first schools to adopt the scheme, Professor Sir Tim Brighouse discusses the importance of student involvement in school life.


Helping gay students who come out at school

22 November 2012

School for students who are gay can be a difficult time ― especially if they decide to come out. The right support can play a crucial role in helping teenagers through this difficult period. Linda Aitchison looks at best practice for teachers and s


Are your students afraid of failure?

22 November 2012

Are children today too afraid of failure, taking risks or thinking for themselves? Professor Tanya Byron says that students need to develop emotional intelligence and resilience if they are to succeed. But how can schools approach this challenge?



Raising teacher morale by finding and spreading best practice

22 November 2012

The pressure is on teachers at the moment with a raft of policy change and high profile attacks from politicians and Ofsted. Ben Solly looks at how school leaders can keep their teachers' morale high ― and it starts with focusing on sharing good pr


Climate Week 2013

22 November 2012

Founder of Climate Week Kevin Steele explains how the initiative provides a platform for teachers to engage pupils to take action on climate change. He also introduces the popular Climate Week Challenge.



Four key lessons to get your school to outstanding

15 November 2012

What does outstanding look like and how can you get there as a school? Dan Belcher delivers four fundamental lessons from secondary schools on the frontline aimed at helping you to achieve outstanding.


Developing successful music partnerships

15 November 2012

Malcolm Arnold Academy makes effective use of external musical partnerships. Michelle Reading, head of music, explains how they have achieved success with their provision.


Action research in the classroom

15 November 2012

Undertaking research to improve practice is becoming a common activity in UK classrooms. Principal Chris Mallaband explains how his school is developing a researching culture.


School uniform policies vs religious practices

15 November 2012

Cases involving clashes between school uniform policy and religious practices can be very difficult for schools to handle. Legal expert Richard Wilkins discusses the issues arising from a recent case involving a student wishing to carry a Sikh blade, know

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