This year I jumped on the Teacher5aday bandwagon with some posts about workload, time-saving techniques, things I'm going to stop, change and introduce, and why happiness starts now. As the year draws to a close, it seems that it's an apt time for reflection on the year's successes and things to look forward to in 2017… Continue reading Reflections and a pledge – #Teacher5aday
On 26th April I was lucky enough to share a platform and discussion space with teachers, researchers and academics discussing some critical issues and conversations in educational leadership at a BELMAS/BERA event at Newcastle University. Within half and hour it was clear that the concept of 'critical conversations' can be interpreted in a range of ways but largely… Continue reading Critical conversations in educational leadership
I'm a big fan of the #teacher5aday hashtags and discussion of work-life balance on Twitter that I'm always talking about things I've seen online or great little 'tweaks' that make life just that little bit easier. I'm going to attempt to recap some the great advice I've been given for work-life balance (both in person and online).… Continue reading Pass it on: top time-saving tips
Succession planning should be at the heart of any medium/long-term planning within a school. With a national shortage of school leaders (Read more here), the idea of planning for future leaders is becoming increasingly important. According to figures released by Future Leaders, whilst 74% of teachers are women, only 65% of heads are women (original DfE report… Continue reading Leadership development: it starts earlier than you think
Following our inaugural YamJam, our WomenEd ideas session started me thinking about what WomenEd means to me. The advantage of such a self-supporting movement, led by a fabulous steering group, is that it's an open house, a place for sharing ideas, collaboration and personal reflection. For me, I see WomenEd as a sustainable grass-roots movement that nurtures female leadership… Continue reading What WomenEd means to me
When somebody else verbalises the thoughts you've been pondering for a while, it's an enlightening experience. I had the privilege of watching Andy Cope (@BeingBrilliant) deliver a keynote presentation this morning and the key, very refreshing, message is that happiness is a myth. It sounds depressing but actually, what he suggests is that we've bought into… Continue reading Happiness starts now. Have a break.
Having just had my first leadership development meeting and been inspired to get involved with #WomenEd North East, I thought I'd jump on the digital bandwagon musing about the nature of leadership (and hopefully achieve it without it becoming a bit of a buzz-word soup). Good leadership is about looking after people. It means being aware of pressures and workload. It… Continue reading Leadership… what it means to me.