Beyond the emotional toll of school leadership – WomenEd Unconference 5.10.19

Sometime in the chaos of the last term of last academic year I submitted a proposal for a talk at the WomenEd Unconference in Sheffield. It must have been one of the later submissions. I quickly threw together my proposal and submitted the following for my workshop synopsis: You’ve taken the leap... 10% braver... to … Continue reading Beyond the emotional toll of school leadership – WomenEd Unconference 5.10.19

A Look in the Mirror

I’ve been really conscious that I haven’t blogged for a while. Yes, I’ve been busy being an Assistant Principal (it still feels weird saying this, given it’s been more than a year now!), but upon reflection I’m not necessarily busier than I have been before. The real reason is that I’ve been struck by how … Continue reading A Look in the Mirror

A senior leadership perspective on implementing whole class feedback

I’m not usually one to comment on twitter debates, but the #wcf has got me thinking. Having implemented this in September after at a least a year of research and consultation, there more to having a template/system to support this. Consistency is king! As a senior leader in charge of T&L my priority it to … Continue reading A senior leadership perspective on implementing whole class feedback

Recruitment, new staff induction and the Friyay Trolley

The nature of a new start school provides a unique environment where your impact is seen more visibly along with your mistakes! With a small and intimate leadership team/staff body, all wearing multiple hats, getting accountability, culture, climate, vision and ethos right can be tricky. The systems you expect simply do not exist. You are … Continue reading Recruitment, new staff induction and the Friyay Trolley

10% braver… more like 100% braver! My journey to Assistant Headship.

Three days ago I went through my first senior leadership interview for Assistant Principal at the school I’ve been at since 2016. Whilst the elation of having been offered the post was still lingering in the air, I spent time reflecting on my short journey to senior leadership... one year as an unqualified teacher, one … Continue reading 10% braver… more like 100% braver! My journey to Assistant Headship.

The system is haemorrhaging committed educators!

The system is haemorrhaging committed educators! As a biologist and an undercover Grey’s Anatomy addict, I know when the demand for oxygen to your cells outweighs the supply, shock is inevitable! To treat this you need to identify the source of the haemorrhage, provide clotting factors, replace the fluid volume lost and hope for the … Continue reading The system is haemorrhaging committed educators!

Is it as simple as just saying ‘thank you’? – How to value and develop individuals in resource limited schools?

  On Friday 2nd March, as I was sat working from home for the second day due to snow, I decided to reach out to the twitter community. It was at the previous SLT meeting that we were discussing outcomes from the staff survey and how to move this forward. As the discussion progressed, it … Continue reading Is it as simple as just saying ‘thank you’? – How to value and develop individuals in resource limited schools?