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Helping Students Develop Their Values… and Your School Ethos

Being proactive and asking students to record their own values is a useful exercise in developing a philosophical understanding of what motivates and impassions people. building an ethos based on … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

TED Talks: Shukla Bose on teaching one child at a time

A seminal TED Talk by Shukla Bose regarding respecting individuality and rejecting production line based learning. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time | TED Talk | TED.com

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring | MindShift

  It says much about the state of our society when you need to start explicitly trying to build kindness into your school’s DNA. How far has capitalism taken us … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

I often complain that neuroscience research is so nuanced as to have no practical benefits to learning. Here is an article by Kristyna Zapletal that is prepared to venture into practicality: … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Doing the Right Thing

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lean Processes in Learning

Lean processes, meaning achieving your desired outcome with minimal or no wastage, have been applied in manufacturing processes for some time. You can see it in automotive and aeronautical engineering … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Picture Warning from History

A timeless summer holiday picture of the type that you might take this summer. It could be the beach at my hometown of Rhyl, or any other beach in the … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

7 Rules of Proactive Leadership | Tomas Kucera | LinkedIn

Although purposed for a wider business environment, I found this outline of proactive leadership quite compelling for an educational setting… Crisis. Panic. Urgency. These are some of the words with … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Code for Leadership Action from Don Miguel Ruiz

Strati Georgopoulos cites the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz as a pattern for leadership and personal development:

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

What is Emotional Self-Awareness?

Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman explains the connection between your emotions and your ability to lead. First in a series. Emotional Self-Awareness is the ability to understand your own emotions … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Self-Reflection and Personal Growth

There can be no growth without reflection and this should be the mantra for learners of all ages…

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Lead the World, One Pupil at a Time

May 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Promoting Change in an Organisation

Elizabeth Dukes explores the psychological and organisational dimensions of change in an organisation. Too often leaders are so busy promoting change that they gloss over the psychological resistance in the teams … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day: Martin Luther King Jnr.

A thought for our challenging times! “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Leader | George Couros

Source: 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Leader | George Couros

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Looming Crisis in the English Schools System

An equitable funding formula is critical to a well performing school system. Without it, money tends to be attracted to the large leafy suburban schools, purely on the basis of … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

The 5 Stages of Innovation

This is a really simple and clear schematic of the stages of generating innovation. I would suggest it should be on the wall of every educational leader as the cultural … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

WomenEd: Connecting Existing + Aspiring Women Leaders in Global Education

A useful group for Women in Education. https://twitter.com/WomenEd

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Servant Leadership

A graphical introduction to the key questions in servant leadership from Emily Lyons…

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

WAIT – Self and Group Discipline in Meetings

We’ve all been in those interminable meetings which drift off agenda and have irrelevant contributions. This chart might be a way forward to use time more effectively… The full rticle … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

An interview with the Finnish Education Minister explaining their guiding philosophy

  Finland is often held up as the most effective education system in the world. The cultural drivers of the system are as least as important as the structural aspects … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Asperger Syndrome and the Sensory Funnel

This is a terrific schema for developing your students who have Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more about The Sensory Funnel here: Why you should never focus on teaching someone with Asperger’s social skills first … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Support World Autism Week!

In all my years of teaching I never received any specific training in Autism Awareness. That means that I was unable to support those students in my classes who had … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 7 Comments

As a Leader, How Should You Spend Your Days?

What does the day of the effective leader look like? It could look exceptionally crowded with busy work or filled with meetings which don’t reach conclusions. Certainly time management is … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

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