Recognising leaders who’ve made a difference

Recognising leaders who’ve made a difference

The BELMAS Reflective Practice Award for innovation and critical reflection in education is now open for entries.

The BELMAS Reflective Practice Award for innovation and critical reflection in education is now open for entries

 

17 March 2017/Number of views (625)/Comments (0)/
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Chasing happiness

Chasing happiness

Guest blogger James Ashmore asks: As a middle leader, what else could you do to raise your team’s happiness quotient?

Guest blogger James Ashmore asks: As a middle leader, what could you do to raise your team’s happiness quotient? 

06 February 2017/Number of views (706)/Comments (0)/
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Making a difference for autistic girls and women

Making a difference for autistic girls and women

Broadcaster and campaigner Carrie Grant asks how girls with autism can find their voice, and are we truly listening?

How does an autistic person get heard and understood? How do they find their voice? How do we hear their voice? And are we giving space to hear the autistic voice?

30 January 2017/Number of views (1390)/Comments (0)/
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Managing your time

Managing your time

Guest blogger James Ashmore looks at the conflict between a middle leader's personal and professional life

You may feel that your work/life balance is seriously out of kilter and that moving into middle leadership has done nothing to redress this, in fact it’s made it worse.

06 December 2016/Number of views (1586)/Comments (0)/
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Recruitment, retention and middle leaders

Recruitment, retention and middle leaders

Why are schools finding that there is a shortage of middle leaders?

In the short term a dedicated middle leader can make sacrifices, willing to take on more because they are not only ambitious for themselves but committed to high quality education for pupils within their school. But is this sustainable asks Lara Ginn? 

21 November 2016/Number of views (1917)/Comments (0)/
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Teacher Workload: The Elephant in the Room?

Teacher Workload: The Elephant in the Room?

A personal perspective from Lara Ginn

Teacher workload is among one of the greatest issues schools face nowadays. Over recent years this has become a source of wide scale discussion within the profession and in the media. The government has, through recent independent reviews, endeavoured to identify some of the primary factors causing the heavy workload faced by teaching staff and means by which all stakeholders can redress this.

16 November 2016/Number of views (1932)/Comments (0)/
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“Death neither obeys the school timetable nor appears on it… It enters the classroom without knocking”

“Death neither obeys the school timetable nor appears on it… It enters the classroom without knocking”

Supporting bereavement

By the age of 16 at least one child in every classroom (1 in 29) will have experienced the death of a parent or sibling (Penny & Stubbs, 2015).

08 November 2016/Number of views (1801)/Comments (0)/
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Securing and growing great practice in your team

Securing and growing great practice in your team

Top tips for growing great practice

Middle leaders are increasingly recognised for their pivotal role in developing the quality of practice. So how is this being achieved, and how can you plan for this?

24 October 2016/Number of views (2073)/Comments (0)/
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Running Successful Meetings

Running Successful Meetings

Five top tips

Running successful meetings is an often overlooked skill but one that will almost certainly be required of you as a middle leader. The times you have together with your team can be critical to your success and so it is vitally important that they go well. 

18 October 2016/Number of views (2552)/Comments (0)/
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Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar (nasen 2016)

Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar (nasen 2016)

If you were asked to describe a typical student with autism, what would you say?

It is becoming more and more widely understood that there may well be as many girls and women with autism as there are boys and men, but their needs are not always being identified.

04 October 2016/Number of views (1910)/Comments (0)/
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The Future of Ofsted

The Future of Ofsted

What schools and school leaders might be able to expect from Her Majesty’s next Chief Inspector

Now that the furore surrounding Amanda Spielman’s appointment has died down somewhat, it is worth looking at what schools and school leaders might be able to expect from Her Majesty’s next Chief Inspector.

27 September 2016/Number of views (1880)/Comments (0)/
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Groups of Schools

Groups of Schools

What's in it for Middle Leaders?

In the era of multi academy trusts, federations and clusters, it is increasingly the case that ‘no school is an island’.

20 September 2016/Number of views (2045)/Comments (0)/
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How praise can lead to self-doubt – and what to do about it

How praise can lead to self-doubt – and what to do about it

How does praise actually affect the mindset and performance of ourselves and our students?

It feels great to be told we are brilliant, and it makes us more successful.

14 September 2016/Number of views (1858)/Comments (0)/
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The year ahead

The year ahead

The start of a new school year

As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.

06 September 2016/Number of views (1949)/Comments (0)/
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New middle leaders: what issues do they face and what training would help?

New middle leaders: what issues do they face and what training would help?

This group of professionals face a range of challenges when they take up the role.

Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.

30 August 2016/Number of views (2104)/Comments (0)/
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GCSE Results Day

GCSE Results Day

A set of tips for those of you returning to school

With GCSE results day fast approaching, it is worth remembering that it is not just the pupils who look towards this date with a sense of anticipation.

24 August 2016/Number of views (1708)/Comments (0)/
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Helping women up the career ladder

Helping women up the career ladder

The dearth of women in leadership positions

"If you can't see it, you can't be it," says Vivienne Porritt, of the dearth of women in leadership positions, particularly in secondary schools.

24 August 2016/Number of views (1858)/Comments (0)/
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Theresa May: Don't lose sight of the importance of education as you grapple with Brexit

Theresa May: Don't lose sight of the importance of education as you grapple with Brexit

My advice to Theresa May as she takes over as prime minister: There are no silver bullets in education, and that includes grammar schools

Notes for Theresa May: Don't lose sight of the importance of education as you grapple with Brexit

24 August 2016/Number of views (1700)/Comments (0)/
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Becoming a Deputy

Becoming a Deputy

The difference between a deputy and a middle leader

I decided to become a deputy because I wanted to be able to have a greater, direct influence on pupils, individually and collectively.

24 August 2016/Number of views (2013)/Comments (0)/
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Writing assessment - a possible way forward?

Writing assessment - a possible way forward?

Possible alternatives and ideas for ways forward

I’m writing this blog in the full knowledge that it may cause some strong reactions – it's about assessment after all!

24 August 2016/Number of views (1546)/Comments (0)/
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How praise can lead to self-doubt – and what to do about it

It feels great to be told we are brilliant, and it makes us more successful.

Jackie Beere

The year ahead

As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.

James Bowen

New middle leaders: what issues do they face and what training would help?

Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.

Susan Young