Coaching & Leadership Development
Keeping school leaders
hope alive today, for
our children’s hope of a
better tomorrow.
Why School Leader Wellbeing must become a Priority

Why School Leader Wellbeing must become a Priority

The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. This has in part been due to increasing numbers of teachers and school leaders beginning to recognise that investing in the well-being of our pupils can help secure a positive return on their attainment and, in turn, school performance.

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The 3 Major Emotional Challenges of being a Headteacher

The 3 Major Emotional Challenges of being a Headteacher

I hear this again and again from those I work with — while they are amazingly prepared ‘on paper’ for raising and maintaining school standards, challenging under-performance, and guiding their school through its next OFSTED inspection, Headship in practice is an entirely different matter. Behind the role are an array of emotional challenges that must be managed if leaders are to stay in the profession for the long-haul.

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How to Devise a Winning School Vision

How to Devise a Winning School Vision

Stepping into a new school leadership role can be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do – but it can also be one of the most challenging and the first few weeks can feel daunting as you adapt to the demands of life as a school leader. To help you manage the transition and help make this time a little less overwhelming, I’ve decided to put together 5 key tips for all those who are embarking on a new school leadership role.

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What is the Secret to Great School Leadership?

What is the Secret to Great School Leadership?

There is all kinds of advice out there about what makes a good school leader, from certifications to strategies to taking the latest seminar. But what so many people miss out on what is actually the most fundamental elements of great school leadership – hope. You would not have reached where you are now if you didn’t know how to harness the power of hope. Hope not only in yourself, but also hope in the sincerity of your vision and the future that you are seeking to create for the children in your school. All school leaders need hope. Not just a spoonful of it – bags of it!

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How to Overcome the Isolation of School Leadership

How to Overcome the Isolation of School Leadership

You will know, more than most, that sometimes headship can feel like the loneliest job in the world! There will be times, even when you are surrounded by a school full of children and colleagues who share the day to day tasks of leading and managing your school, when you feel as though there is absolutely no one that you can turn to. These are the times perhaps, when as a headteacher, you feel most vulnerable.

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How do School Leaders Benefit from Coaching?

How do School Leaders Benefit from Coaching?

As you may have seen, recently I shared how the NUT (alongside Integrity Coaching) will be running a wonderful scheme to offer heavily subsidised coaching to all of its Headteacher members – the deadline of which is the end of April. This generous offer from the NUT has already attracted a spectrum of amazing Heads from different backgrounds and at various different stages of their headship journey.

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What is it Really Like to be a Headteacher Today?

What is it Really Like to be a Headteacher Today?

To be a head teacher today is not as simple as the title suggests. It’s likely you aren’t the lead learner or the grand exemplar of what excellent teaching and learning should look like. To be a head teacher today means not only must you know your craft, but you must also show that you possess skills that are commensurate with those possessed by social workers, psychologists, politicians, data analysts and a whole host of other roles that remain conspicuously absent from any formal Headteacher job description.

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The 5 Attributes of Wise Leadership

The 5 Attributes of Wise Leadership

When I started teaching in the 1970s, the job of school leadership seemed mostly concerned with preserving stability. Headship was about ‘running a tight ship’ and keeping people happy and harmonious in their jobs.

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How Emotionally Resilient are You?

How Emotionally Resilient are You?

You may be familiar with the phrase, ‘bend do not break’, which some say has its origins either in one of Aesop’s fables, ‘The Olive Tree and the Reed’, or from an old Chinese proverb that relates to the capacity of the bamboo to bend and not break, even in the severest of storms. I would be lying (and indeed if you have been a school leader for long enough, you know that I would be lying) if I said you will never face any storms.

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Growing the Leader Within – Steve Russell

Growing the Leader Within – Steve Russell

So there I am, high-viz jacket on, walkie talkie in hand, walking the corridors on my first day as an interim senior leader of a bustling secondary school. As I approach a group of students, several of whose uniforms need tidying up, an anxiety rises within me as I prepare to ask them to tuck shirts in and straighten ties. “Will they take the blindest bit of notice of me?’ is that nagging thought, rumbling underneath as I check my body posture and clear my throat.

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An Open Letter to Every School Leader

An Open Letter to Every School Leader

Over the past decade, I have witnessed first-hand how high levels of public scrutiny and personal accountability have eroded the profession’s ability to care for and meet the human needs of those who are on the frontline. It has come as no surprise to me that The Key’s recent State of Education Survey Report found that, “86% of school leaders think the perception of the profession has got worse over the past five years and believe this is negatively affecting morale”

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My Guardian Article – Tips for Headteachers to help prevent Burnout

My Guardian Article – Tips for Headteachers to help prevent Burnout

The stress that headteachers are under continues to be reported – with the numbers leaving the profession a growing concern. For many, headship is a role that’s beginning to feel untenable. This echoes what I often hear from headteachers in my role as school leadership coach. The headteachers I speak to feel overwhelmed by shrinking budgets, the teacher recruitment crisis and the high-pressure inspection system. So what steps can they take to prevent burnout?

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