Category: Leadership


Performance Reviews – think again (part 2)

Two weeks in and school is starting to find a rhythm. One of the few things new staff can be grateful for is, that for the most part, they will have already agreed their contractual terms and therefore there is no need for a 2017-18 performance review closing review conversation. However, there will need to be…
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16 Sep ’18 0

Performance Reviews – think again (part 1)

Cards on the table. I am highly critical of triennial performance reviews, performance management, of any flavour that casts dark skies over many schools up and down the country. I have been banging my very little drum, as loudly as I possibly can, telling anyone who will listen that performance review and performance related pay (PRP)…
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15 Sep ’18 0

Why “belong”

It is always helpful for your perspective to be challenged. Yesterday I was asked about this blog, specifically the four defining words below “WELCOME” on the landing page. “Why ‘belong?’” and “Why does it feature first?” Many, if not most schools share defining taglines, others choose words, some both, few neither. Search “schools” AND “your…
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3 Sep ’18 1

I almost don’t care how teachers teach

How do we move the conversation away from how you teach, to the impact of our teaching. Hattie (2017) When preparing for our leadership planning day yesterday, I was investigating how to build on-going professional teaching conversations (as an alternative to Performance Review) that I stumbled upon John Hattie again talking up collective teacher efficacy…
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31 Aug ’18 0

300 words at a time

I can not tell you how long Dan Rockwell’s short posts have been appearing in my feed reader. It was before July 1st 2013, because that was the date Google officially put Google Reader out to pasture and he was with me back then. Dan’s output is incredible, even if you take into account that they…
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20 Aug ’18 0

Has your communication landed?

As I continue to explore Complexity Theory and “trust” in school and school leadership, I have elevated the importance of communication within leadership outlook. In the past 12 months that has meant acting upon Kevin Flinn’s seminar and Patricia Shaw’s advice… Leadership – the art of convening conversations that might not happen  otherwise. – Patricia Shaw…
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12 Aug ’18 0