Category: Coaching and Mentoring

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Short termism

Twice this week I have spoken about the short termism in education and personal leadership development. How education is time-pressured and as a result we water the crown and not the roots. In both conversations, I have referred to the leaky boat dilemma. So here it is. When the boat is taking on water, bailing…
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11 Feb ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (Part 7/7)

Opening yourself up to being Coached In the summer, following a commitment to work with the Education Support Partnership, I was offered Coaching in recognition for advocating for the charity. I was unsure, I paused for thought. Yes, I know I write publically and I am naturally sociable, however I am quite guarded personally. I…
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3 Feb ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (Part 6/7)

Untrained Coaching As a new Head Teacher, I read Jill Berry’s excellent book Making the Leap after I was appointed. It is much better before. There were competing priorities and I present then in no particular order purposefully: Building, organisational structure, transient and temporary staffing, safeguarding, identity and communications. I made mistakes. Some I was…
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2 Feb ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (part 5/7)

Coaching – a missed opportunity I joined The Wellington Academy in January 2013. Having joined thinking I was going to be the junior of three VPs, by the time I arrived I was the only VP and there were two Assistant Head teachers of sorts. The organisation ‘game’ was complex and it involved our sponsor,…
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31 Jan ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (Part 4/7)

Coaching and Mentoring– might be for me At the introduction of the NPQML I was adamant that Coaching and Mentoring had to be defined, polarised, or one of the terms was not needed. In reflection, this clearly showed a lack of understanding and receptiveness to new ideas, at that time, on my part. It is…
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31 Jan ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (part 3/7)

Coaching – not sure It started of as a series of five posts, but I split this one, so it now six. Results in the ICT Department had more than doubled. We had established a committed and stable team. I was promoted onto the Senior Leadership Team. I benefited from one-on-one time with the Head.…
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26 Jan ’19 0