Now is the time to rediscover the lost art of Listening

Now is the time to rediscover the lost art of Listening

As schools and academies start to return from the Covid 19 lockdown Gary Edwards highlights the importance of equipping leaders and managers with deep listening skills and strategies to enable staff to share their personal experiences, explore their worries and process their emotions. Continue Reading

September Wellbeing Resources

September Wellbeing Resources

Staff wellbeing and workload management is clearly a school leadership priority and this has been recognised with the recently published DfE tips and case studies ‘Ways to reduce your workload’ with associated slides and diagnostic tools. If you haven’t seen them, the link is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reducing-workload-in-your-school It is encouraging that the DfE is recognising the… Continue Reading

Managing your Workload – Is your Working Style hindering you? – Viv Grant

Managing your Workload – Is your Working Style hindering you? – Viv Grant

Viv Grant, former Head and now Director at Integrity Coaching, identifies 5 key drivers that can lead to an overbearing workload for school leaders – and the consequent dysfunctional behaviours and impact that arise. Continue Reading

Why coaching benefits ‘Big Potential’

Why coaching benefits ‘Big Potential’

Ana Hutton is the Coaching Champion and Staff Wellbeing Lead at Grove Park Primary School and in this article she identifies the important link between coaching and achieving potential, drawing on the best-selling book, Big Potential by Shawn Achor. ‘You shine brighter in a collection of stars’ ‘Big Potential’ (2018) Shawn Achor, positive psychologist, Harvard… Continue Reading

In a nutshell – Alastair Campbell’s ‘Winners and How They Succeed’ 2015 – Gary Edwards

In a nutshell – Alastair Campbell’s ‘Winners and How They Succeed’ 2015 – Gary Edwards

It may take an elephantine dose of healthy scepticism to banish the feeling that this essay by the political King of Spin on the topic of Winners is merely a pachyderm-sized ego promotion but there are some key learning points for school leaders in this top seller. Continue Reading

Putting Coaching and Mentoring into Lesson Observations – Graham Chisnall

Putting Coaching and Mentoring into Lesson Observations – Graham Chisnall

Finding a fully effective style for feedback from lesson observation that provides a sound framework for impact on pupil progress but also individual development has, to some, seemed a ‘holy grail’ mission for the teaching profession. Continue Reading

It’s all in the mind… How one school put mindset research into practice – Tricia Taylor

It’s all in the mind… How one school put mindset research into practice – Tricia Taylor

Tricia Taylor, founder of Tailored Practice has more than 20 years’ experience of teaching and leading in schools. Here, Tricia describes the innovative approach to put mindset research into practice at Herne Bay with clear evidence of impact on attitudes and outcomes. I find this time in education to be the most exciting in terms… Continue Reading

Lights, Camera… Action! Clare Owen

Lights, Camera… Action! Clare Owen

At Bishops Down Primary School and Nursery we are a mainstream community school with specialist resourced provision for children with Physical Disabilities and Complex Medical Needs and we wanted to produce a video that would promote the uniqueness of our school. However, we realised that 2017 happened to be our 50th Birthday year and so we… Continue Reading

A Softly – Softly Approach to Mindfulness at Work – Bernadette Lax

A Softly – Softly Approach to Mindfulness at Work – Bernadette Lax

Mindfulness is fast becoming a ‘hot’ topic for schools in search of strategies and techniques to support staff with ever increasing expectations and a fast changing, increasingly complex world. Here Bernadette Lax, Headteacher at Herne Bay Infant School and Seashells Nursery describes their ‘softly – softly’ journey towards a more mindful school culture. Introducing mindfulness… Continue Reading

If Only I Knew This Then… Gill Moody

If Only I Knew This Then… Gill Moody

In the second article in our series of If Only I Knew This Then… Gill Moody, former Head at Whitstable Junior School and now independent Education Consultant reflects back on the important values for education professionals and in particular the significance of having a clear personal vision for a successful future in order to make… Continue Reading

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