Value-Led Leadership

Value-Led Leadership
Values can offer a meaningful reference point for the character, culture and ethos of a school. Values can drive improvement, providing a guide to the decisions made at a strategic level. Values can also act as an affirming strength to for school leaders, governors, staff, children and the wider community... I urge you to give values a place in your school. Read More...

Devices in class – good or bad?

Devices in class – good or bad?
The ongoing debate of devices in the classroom continues. Retired Headteacher Julia Skinner has asked her education colleagues for their views. Read More...

Celebrating Christmas in School

Celebrating Christmas in School
Celebrating Christmas in School can be a minefield! Here are a great deal of questions for schools to consider. How much time is given to rehearsing for that annual celebration of the Christmas play? Do you decorate your school? Does each class hold a party?... Read More...

Just how welcoming is your school?

Just how welcoming is your school?
Many mission statements and visions contain something about an ‘Open Door’ approach but just how welcoming is your school? Often the first message about a school is seen a few miles away as people approach it either by car or foot... Read More...

Punctuation

Punctuation
‘Punctuation can help you write and communicate more clearly, if people better understand what it is you are saying or trying to communicate to them, it is more likely that they will either consider your effort or do what you intend.’ Read More...

Guide to Headteacher Performance Management

Guide to Headteacher Performance Management
Performance management is not a one off event that once done allows you to tick a box. It is a key driver to school improvement and presented as a transparent shared experience, it can provide an opportunity for all staff to feel valued. This post deals with the process for the Head Teacher... Read More...

Short School Inspections

Short School Inspections
Since September 2015, Ofsted have been carrying out a new form of inspections ‘Short Inspections’. As it says on the tin, they are are short and focused. Who gets one? All good maintained schools and academies. It is generally the case that most good schools and providers stay good from inspection to inspection. Read More...
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