Category: Leadership


Our collective responsibility

One of my own criticisms of our profession is our ability to share bad news over good. Even when the DfE shares good news, we have a tendency to mark it with red pen and share the faults. That said, three topics, all inter-connected, should be challenged, highlighted and tackled head on. Funding, Performance Review (particularly…
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7 Jul ’18 0

Hard graft and gratitude… Tom Roger

A few lessons learnt this week, tying in with #teachwellfest, recognition and gratitude. Learning most days in school leadership, from colleagues and those with plenty more school leadership experience than I have. Have spare neutral cards at your disposal so that you can leave a personal message for a colleague, when you are caught off…
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23 Jun ’18 0

Kintsukuroi and School Improvement Plans

Self reflection frameworks and school improvement plans go together like… well… self reflection frameworks (SEF) and school improvement plans (SIP). It is that time of year, where our attention turns to planning for the next academic cycle, preparing September’s INSET days, professional development programme, school calendar and to developing and sustaining a school-wide strategic focus. In our…
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19 Jun ’18 0

Compelling Leadership – part 4

I’ve not let go of compelling leadership. I’ve not let go of my interest in developing trust in my leadership. Here is my daily reminder.   From Compelling Leadership, to Francis Frei to Radical Candor™. Radical Candor™ is the ability to Challenge Directly and show you Care Personally at the same time. Radical Candor will help you and all the people…
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10 Jun ’18 0

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Andrew Hall’s weekly safeguarding briefing is essential reading for both myself and the DSL. It covers the key statutory information but also offers timely reminders the promote safeguarding in school throughout the year. This week Andrew shared a summary video of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. It is simple, clear and informative advice. I…
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22 May ’18 0

Frei components of Trust

I want to talk to you about how to build and rebuild trust, because it’s my belief that trust is the foundation for everything we do. – Frances Frei Up until know, my professional interest in trust has been focused on building trust, as opposed to re-building trust (and I hope it will always be…
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21 May ’18 0