There are many many children out there who are crying out for help. There are many dedicated, enthusiastic, creative and compassionate people who are desperate to help. These people need help, we are increasingly facing highly complex issues that very few educational professionals are equipped to deal with. I am writing this as a teacher but I know there are CAMHS workers, social workers and support staff throughout the country who are feeling like this.
If you have a recruitment crisis in your sector you work to encourage people to join that industry not make excuses for why the barriers exist.
These are purely a bank of questions you might face in interviews for leadership positions in schools and colleges. You may also like to use them if you are about to interview. Good luck!
This terminology comes from a study of a commercial company by Binney, Wilke & Williams in 2005. Given the commercialisation of some aspects of the education system it may be more relevant than ever. They state that leaders will have periods when they feel they are surfing, others when they seem to be sinking and
After about a year I have completed my NPQML. This course is intended for those in middle leadership roles to develop areas of their practice Known as competencies. This was not an easy task but I wished I had undertaken it when I first started my leadership journey. At least having some experience under my
There are some excellent lessons us educators can take from George RR Martin’s epic tale of the fight for the throne of Westeros. Friendship, struggle against adversary, loyalty to name just a few. Here are a selection of quotes that you may find apply to you or your students. “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no
Training is big business. How big I don’t know despite googling this frantically. I have no answer. The reason for this is because CPD is such a wide term. A school’s training budget can cover a multitude of areas, non teaching and learning areas such as: health and safety, food hygiene, seagull avoidance, first aid,
I think it is incredibly important to be positive about the work you do. If you work with children then it is vital. However the school ecosystem is a complex organism, easily affected by external inputs. As staff we have worries and dilemmas that play on our mind. Professionalism dictates that these be left at
Inspiration is all around you. To be inspirational is a resource some people harness to make a living out of. There are schools full of people at this very moment who are giving inspirational speeches, to classes, to individuals. There are those who are changing the ways people think about aspects of their beliefs. Who are
This is a presentation I wrote as part of my certification as a PBS instructor. I am now a Principal Instructor for our area in Positive Behaviour Support.I must stress I would never use such wordy Powerpoints in any lesson or training session, this is more of a handout in powerpoint form. I think most
Education can be is a very stressful industry to work in. However for the many teachers who would not consider working anywhere else there are ways to make the job much less stressful. In my opinion the ethos and atmosphere of your school, nursery, college can have a huge impact on staff wellbeing, retention and
I am a great fan of #SLTchat. I applied to host and was, much to my surprise, accepted. Now things got real. For those who don’t know #SLTchat is a chat for senior school leaders or aspiring senior leaders. Recognised by the DfE and very popular amongst tweeting school leaders, managers and those who are
Leading Through Trust. A Reflection fROM my NPQML Clearly trust is a hugely important element in the atmosphere of a school ecosystem. Given the level of vulnerability of our students the organic trust (Bryk and Schneider (2002)) within the school community is of paramount importance. However it should never be unquestioning. This would lead to
This post is my reflections for my NPQML School improvement unit. In it I have tried to be honest about the struggles I faced early on my leadership journey. A journey that probably started without a map, direction, or appropriate footwear. I think of myself as a learner. I am here to guide and support
This is a video that I could have used before being a middle leader. The key point isreflecting on what and how you want an audience to hear something, what are the key words and ideas they must buy into to remain engaged and so as not to have wasted everyones time. Firstly the meeting
As part of my NPQML we had to complete the age old difference between leadership vs management task. These are my thoughts. The leaders project video we watched states that Manager is not seen as an aspirational job for those looking to develop their leadership role. Aaron Tait hints that it does not conjure up
If we acknowledge the validity of the Leithwood et al statement “school leadership is second only to classroom teaching as an influence on pupil learning.” And that the aim of any school is to improve teaching and learning, then supporting teachers has to be the key leadership behaviour. It is the view of school and
The conversations we take part in as leaders take a number of forms, informal chats in corridors, question and answer sessions where you or a colleague need a particular piece of information. Presentations to implement a new strategy with the aim of getting everyone on board with your way of thinking. Discussions where the best