This post is based on "Leading a Team" training I delivered to colleagues in Kent special schools. It is aimed at ECTs, Teachers, and HLTAs. Anyone stepping up to lead a class in a special school becomes a leader of a team. This is usually of a team of Teaching or Learning Support Assistants (TA/LSA).… Continue reading Leading A Team For SEN Teachers/ECTs
Curious, Courageous, and Coaching Conversations in School. Leading conversations is not about power or forcing people to do as they are told. It is about gaining buy-in and building trust. When holding conversations around practice, or conflict there will be specific elements of people management but that is not leadership. As a leader you encourage… Continue reading Effective Courageous and Curious Conversations for Leaders in School.
Imposter syndrome is a really common issue for people in education. I started this website as a reflective blog whilst completing the NPQML leadership course, since then it has evolved into a special education teaching resources and ideas website. Over the last 5 years, over half a million people have visited. I know this is… Continue reading Imposter Syndrome in Education
I want to share my project. Examples online are few and far between. I have had to redact some parts and evidence for obvious reasons and being an SEN provision my focus is unlikely to be the same but I hope the content and style should give you some pointers. All I ask is that you take the time to share Inclusiveteach.com with your colleagues.
Evaluating Your Education Leadership Success I have based this post on a task for my NPQSL - You can see my final submission here. 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… Continue reading NPQSL: Sinking Swimming & Surfing
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… Continue reading NPQML: Final Reflection.
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,… Continue reading CPD: Essentials for effective training
Positivity in the staffroom Negativity in schools in commonplace. 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… Continue reading Get Off the Negativity Bandwagon!
This handy little guide aims to equip you to deal with any challenging situation. But can we apply it to the challenges of school leadership?
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… Continue reading NPQML: Reflecting on Effective communication – Meetings
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… Continue reading NPQML: Leaders vs Managers
Leadership and Developing Teams Written for my NPQML: Project example here. 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… Continue reading Thoughts on Developing Teams: NPQML
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… Continue reading Conversations of a Middle Leader
I think we have something in common. I work with children and young people who have special needs because I can make a difference and enrich the experiences the children under my care take part in. In times of uncertainty and change in a school there are certain principles that you cannot afford to lose… Continue reading Key Principles for Teachers In Times of Change.