What makes great teaching? Beyond a list of strategies…

What constitutes effective teaching? What kind of things do the most effective teachers do? Take a minute to jot down some ideas. What we’re doing here is parsing the practice of teaching - breaking it down into it’s components in order to understand it better. You might have a list of several things that you... Continue Reading →

Nine lies about school #5 | People need feedback

Nine Lies About Work (Buckingham and Goodall, 2022) does an interesting job of explaining some of the misconceptions that we have about organisational culture. This is the third in a series of posts examining the implications of these lies for school leaders. The first is here and the second is here. If you want improvement,... Continue Reading →

Nine lies about school #2 | The best plan wins

Nine Lies About Work (Buckingham and Goodall, 2022) does an interesting job of explaining some of the misconceptions that we have about organisational culture. This is the second in a series of posts examining the implications of these lies for school leaders. The first is here. Lie #2 | The best plan wins Many plans,... Continue Reading →

Acting in emotionally appropriate ways

Back in 2019, Leithwood, Harris and Hopkins revised their seven strong claims about successful school leadership. Here is the paper (it is an accessible read) and Tom Rees’ Twitter thread does a great job of summarising the revisions from the original. Their seventh claim was as follows: While further research is required, a well-defined set... Continue Reading →

Establishing effective curriculum leadership

If you’re a senior leader it is likely that you’ll have some responsibility that involves the the curriculum. It is also likely that, at least in part, you’re aiming to meet the headteacher standards. Here’s the standard to do with curriculum and assessment: That second statement is the focus of our attention in this post.... Continue Reading →

The tyranny of school metrics

How do we know if a school is getting better? Or worse? How do we know if the strategies that we choose to improve our schools are working? Or not? Cause cannot be reliably attributed to effect Schools are such complex places, with multiple influences on outcomes, that it is almost impossible to directly link... Continue Reading →

Getting that senior leader job

If you’re thinking of moving from middle to senior leadership, there are a number of considerations to give yourself the best chance of success. They are: Preparing | Build your expertiseApplying | Your personal statementInterviewing | Leaving an impressionChoosing | Questions to ask of prospective employers Preparing: Build your expertise Shadowing The jump from middle... Continue Reading →

Purpose

There is a good chance that, when we look at things going on at department or classroom level and are not happy with what we find, we are seeing the symptoms of a problem further upstream, rather than the cause of the problem.Jonathan Mountstevens Most activities that leaders do to quality assure or to monitor... Continue Reading →

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