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Headteachers as ethical leaders look like the last bastion of probity.

12 Apr 2022

The moral code of public service includes some key principles; selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. These are the ethical standards those working in the public sector are expected to adhere to. These apply to all government and elected members of parliament. With today's final announcement of these standards clearly and deliberately NOT adhered to; how do we as the general public react to this? The intention for Joe Public is media fatigue and the distraction of war in Ukraine.

Democracy. 68% are champions. Are you one?

08 Mar 2022

A recent survey by Ipsos and the Global Institute of Women's Leadership found a third of men in the countries surveyed think feminism does more harm than good (32%) and that traditional masculinity is under threat (33%). While theses numbers are uncomfortably large, it’s still worth recognising the fact that the majority of men don’t feel this way.

What is ‘school improvement’?

18 Feb 2022

School leaders are still necessarily consumed by the management of the every day. Will next half term feel the same? We are entering the next phase of the Covid era and this is bringing a whole new set of systems, processes and expectations from all of your stakeholders.

Skills for the 4th revolution- what does that really look like?

18 Jan 2022

We have knowledge on tap. We have google. Is it core skills, routed in core values, that will enable those younger than ourselves and, for us, as adults to navigate this fourth industrial revolution; this enormous technological paradigm shift? What skills are required moving forward? And how is your school managing this?

Round-ups and revolutions

05 Jan 2022

Humility- a bygone value?

17 Dec 2021

Values. Tis my bread and butter as a leadership coach within schools. Actually 'tis the bread and butter of every single headteacher in the land. So what happens, when there appears to be a big shift in core community values and when they are publicly laughed at. How does one react? So easy to be enraged, apoplectic and the rest. But what, as a leader in every school in the land, are you observing right now? An individual that is in a position of responsibility beyond their competency. We all do it and can all be complicit in hindsight. Come on. Let's be realistic. How important is it to you to promote the next ready incumbent candidate because without it, you do not have any budget moving forward or your own get out clause? The reference to Queen and Freddie Mercury is purely to remind us of how different one's life could have been, and how much happier one might have been, had one just been himself? A lesson for us all. Values are what drives us. This is the great place we are in. I celebrate all schools and headteachers for the values that they live and breathe and act in every day. Every day. So easy to preach. As we know full well, as the system does not always concur, but if we don't really try to uphold then, what integrity do any of us have? Thanks to all edustaff for a great term.

not being heard

03 Dec 2021

Schools are still in survival mode between now and the end of term, with plays, concerts, decorations, fairs and jolly Christmas Jumper days keeping the mood light and bearable, but there is a sharp and dark reality that we have a creaking and cracking system around us. Every teacher and parent that I know will have shed tears on hearing the details of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' short and frightening life experience.

The undisclosed but real challenge

02 Nov 2021

There is still an undisclosed challenge for a key strata of staff in schools. Read this post to find out more.

Hanging on by a thread

19 Oct 2021

As this half term comes to a close, there are some really exhausted leaders and teachers. Rebuilding stamina and rebuilding school culture has only just begun.

Productivity tools to effectively manage workload and communications

12 Oct 2021

School communications, both internal and external, have reached the status that requires the best school business manager, school admin, and personal assistance that money can buy. But what happens if your school budget is so focused on basic and necessary delivery such as having enough adults in the room, that productivity relies heavily on the senior leadership team or the headteacher themselves? This post looks at how we manage our productivity and communications to best effect, including the use of productivity tools.