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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

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

Using Singapore Maths to raise standards – Matthew Bowles

Using Singapore Maths to raise standards – Matthew Bowles

Matt Bowles, Head of Maths and Assessment at St Stephens Junior School, Canterbury describes how he led the teaching of Singapore Maths as his final assignment for the NPQSL and to embed the problem solving techniques as a school-wide improvement initiative. The impact on the school’s progress data was impressive. Continue Reading

Creating Freedom to Inspire Excellence – Howard Fisher

Creating Freedom to Inspire Excellence – Howard Fisher

Are we developing resilience in initiative and risk taking or inhibiting aspiration and creativity through reliance? Continue Reading

Switching On Reluctant Readers with Technology – David Jarvis

Switching On Reluctant Readers with Technology – David Jarvis

An NPQSL final assessment project at St Stephen’s Junior School in Canterbury reveals how the use of Kindles can be very effective in motivating underachieving disengaged readers. Continue Reading

The Vision Thing – Simon O’Keefe

The Vision Thing – Simon O’Keefe

Our vision provides the emotional connection that inspires us all and will attract staff from outside who want to buy into our vision. Continue Reading

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