Category: Headship


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

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 otherwise have happened. – Patricia…
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12 Aug ’18 0

Final fortnight AAR

The penultimate and final week of the school year is always going to be an all encompassing and busy fortnight. The managerial focus requires school leaders to secure and deliver the celebratory events whilst also planning the summer works programme, results days and preparing for the new academic year. It is/was all to easy to get…
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9 Aug ’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

Retention and recruitment – performance review

Teaching is messy, complex, creative. More a la carte, than fast food. I take the stance that vast majority of teachers have made a personal and decisive decision to be educators. Anecdotally, often because of the wonderful teachers they encountered. Occasionally in spite of their teachers. Because they themselves were successful at the game of…
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8 Apr ’18 0

Values, action, snow

On Tuesday evening, news of a random of kindness passed by on my timeline. A hat, scarf and label, left on post together with a note, for someone that needed it. Not only was I struck by the kindness shown in the donation, but by the way that this person was enabling someone to, in…
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2 Mar ’18 0