Category Archives: Leadership in Education

What is effective school leadership? I present the latest research, debates and concepts in this fortnightly blog.

Grit – Why trying harder is not enough

What is Grit? A while has passed since I heard Angela Duckworth present her now infamous research about ‘grit’ at the 2015 Times Education Festival. I rarely make an effort to wait, like a child at a pop concert for an … Continue reading

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Pupil Premium – Let’s hear it for the boys!

Widening attainment gap for white British boys White British boys from disadvantaged backgrounds are under-performing compared with disadvantaged children from all other groups. Consequently, the social well-being and economic success of communities across the United Kingdom is under threat. In … Continue reading

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The Lost Boys

Introduction In this series of posts, I aim to outline how we can tackle these challenges, bring about real improvement for disadvantaged children, and close the attainment gap. “Giving education to the labouring classes of the poor… would teach them to despise their … Continue reading

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New Standards for Teacher Development

The Standard for teachers’ professional development, (DFE, 2016) is a welcome document for those of us in education who truly value the significant impact that high quality CPD for teachers can have on pupil outcomes, collective institutional efficacy and professional … Continue reading

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The Postcode Lottery

“Education in England is a postcode lottery for children from poorer families; where you are born determines how well you do at school and in life. A child on free school meals has only half the chance of getting good … Continue reading

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Book Review – Leadership Matters by Andy Buck

Leadership Matters – Highly Recommended Although Leadership Matters offers little to the field of leadership studies, it works superbly well as a handbook for school leadership. The chapters are short, focused and rooted in the writer’s experience of a broad range of schools, … Continue reading

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Just Visiting – Leadership Training & Development

Having been recruited to facilitate a leadership and development training event for a new team of senior leaders, I can’t wait for this week to get started. The school board have booked a great venue and I am pleased when the ‘Sat … Continue reading

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