The Hug-ology of #WomenEd

Let me start by stating that I’m not a hugger.  I have never been a hugger.  When hugging, I am usually the one that stands on your foot or inadvertently brushes a body part that really shouldn’t be brushed – at least not in the middle of a packed conference hall.  I have been known […]

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Leadership & Communication

Time for a sit down and a natter can be a scarce commodity in schools. For Middle Leaders especially, who are required day –to-day to balance the demands of their teams, their students and Senior Leaders, time efficient and effective communication is vital to sustain forward momentum and keep their teams motivated and pulling together.  […]

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Finding the Balance

This week we welcomed back our cohort of NQTs for day three of their NQT Induction training.  One of the key themes of our training is managing workload and maintaining a healthy balance in life between the demands of work and leisure time.  Read more about our advice for sustaining a healthy balance in this […]

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#TLCWorcs18 – Confident leadership and its impact on teaching

It seems to me that we all use leadership skills and strategies within the classroom, for example we organise, inspire, coach, cajole, motivate and direct as we attempt to help each learner be their best.  If we move into a formal leadership role, we continue to build these skills as we begin to focus on getting the best from our colleagues, in addition to our pupils.  By working with and through other staff we are able to make a positive difference to the school experience of more pupils, which is a privilege and a thrill.

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Why being imperfect is perfectly fine

How do you know the difference between imperfect and rubbish if you beat yourself up for everything that’s not perfect? Because everything in life, in the classroom, in each lesson you teach or each student you support, all of these things are NEVER perfect. But, most of the time, as long as it’s not completely rubbish, it’s actually OK.

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‘U ok hun?’ Leadership with Emotion

My first few years as a middle leader were pretty miserable, if I’m honest.  I was teaching a full timetable and juggling the demands of the role.  My ability to continue to mask my emotions was starting to wane and I beat myself up about my inability to keep  it together.  I wanted to appear competent and in control.  I mistakenly thought this meant showing no emotion.

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