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Trust, vulnerability and interdependence in schools – reflections on ResearchED ’17

Trust, vulnerability and interdependence in schools – Kev Bartle It’s always a pleasure to listen to Kev Bartle speak about school leadership. In yesterday’s ResearchED presentation, the likeable Wearsider and Headteacher at Canons High School, explored Mintzberg’s organisational configurations, arguing … Continue reading

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Responsive Teacher Learning

Facilitating professional development for teachers with a range of experience and expertise has the potential to be very challenging. A responsive approach is required if CPD is to be meaningful and effective for colleagues who, like me, have a few … Continue reading

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The Conductor’s Baton

I’m in one of those moods right now. Part reflective, part distracted and part creative. These are the best times. It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m having a sneaky bourbon biscuit – well three! I dunk them in my tea – … Continue reading

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What I have learned about the recruitment crisis

Originally posted on Ros McMullen: Things I've learned and things I'm learning:
If you believe, as I do, that there is no better job than that of being a teacher then we should have all been surprised, horrified…

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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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Effective Professional Learning Communities: Part 2

Structuring your Professional Learning Community(PLC) meetings In Part 1 we examined the prerequisites for effective professional learning communities. We emphasised the importance of communicating a vision with a view to communicating effectively, building trust and changing cultures. In this post, I … Continue reading

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Confidently Wrong!

Confident-error Feedback How many times have you confidently called out an answer, when watching a television quiz show, only to discover that you were in-fact wrong? As you stare aghast at the screen while the green light flashes upon the right answer (usually B), … Continue reading

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