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The 10 Books Every School Leader Should Read

The 10 Books Every School Leader Should Read

  Recently, I’ve been finding that I’m increasingly asked by the School Leaders I work with and by others who’ve read my book “Staying A Head: Stress Management Secrets for School Leaders” for recommendations as to what books can help them to further their learning and in turn, better support their leadership practice. I’ve noticed more and more that I frequently refer leaders to the same books time and again, not for lack of ideas but rather because they are quite simply the best I’ve come ever come across in the field, in terms of both inspiration and expertise. In fact, I recommend these books so frequently that I thought I’d create a list of these 1o books for you in case you ever need a great book to help alleviate the stress of the day-to-day and bring a sense of perspective back into their lives. I hope amongst the recommended titles, that you might find a book or two that you’d like to add to your reading list…   1. The Element: How Finding  Your Passion Changes Everything Author: Ken Robinson We all love Sir Ken Robinson and eagerly await the day when he is appointed Minister of Education! Until that day, we’ll all have to take comfort from his inspirational TED talks and this wonderful book. If you are ever in need of inspiration and a reminder of why you are a teacher or head teacher then read this book. It will make you laugh, it will make you smile, and it will remind you of what passion is all about and why each and every day you need to remain connected... LEARN MORE
What happens when School Leaders sacrifice their Well-being?

What happens when School Leaders sacrifice their Well-being?

In the coming month, I’ll be hosting my first ever Free Authentic School Leadership workshop. In this workshop, I’ll be offering school leaders the space and time to reflect on what it means to be a School Leader today, the impact/cost of the role and the challenges leaders must overcome to maintain their passion for leadership. Doing so, made me contemplate on my time as a Headteacher and the challenges that I faced in my role.

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The 4 Lessons Every School Leader Needs to Learn

The 4 Lessons Every School Leader Needs to Learn

“Hope … that stubborn thing inside of us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us, so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting” Barack Obama I know that if you are a head teacher or a senior school leader reading this, you would not have reached where you are now, if you didn’t know how to harness the power of hope.

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The 4 Key Qualities of Authentic School Leaders

The 4 Key Qualities of Authentic School Leaders

Recently, I’ve been preparing myself for our first Free Authentic School Leadership workshop for Senior School Leaders and so to organise my thoughts for this inaugural event, I’ve been seeking to reflect on one central question: What does it mean to be an authentic school leader? My reflections on this question brought me to the work of author and authenticity expert, Brené Brown who defines it as “the choice to show up and be real, to be honest and let our true selves be seen”.

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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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Secret Headteacher – What Every Governor Needs to Know About Supporting Headteachers

Secret Headteacher – What Every Governor Needs to Know About Supporting Headteachers

For the last three years, I have been the headteacher at a special needs school. When I first joined the school, it was very much going through a difficult period of transition. The head and the deputy head had both left at the same time, and so had left the school without any real leadership and in a state of instability. So I was brought in, relatively inexperienced and without any real leadership support, to make some substantial changes.

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How School Leadership Became a High Risk Job

How School Leadership Became a High Risk Job

It’s a job that requires years of training and experience, involves dealing with forces that are largely out of your control, and can be over in a flash because of just one instance of underperformance.

While it sounds unbelievable, or like a description of a Special Forces fighter or a brain surgeon to most people, it’s a situation that Head teachers are well familiar with — because in the face of increased scrutiny, it’s what the job has become.

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How to Turn your Vulnerabilities into Strengths

How to Turn your Vulnerabilities into Strengths

Recently, I’ve found myself talking a lot about vulnerability and what it takes to let down our masks and show up as our True Selves. At the start of last week, I delivered three days of training for a DfE funded diverse leaders programme and shared with aspiring BAME school leaders keys lessons I have learnt about vulnerability and finding True Self. Then on Saturday, I delivered a workshop at the Coventry #WomenEd unconference on a similar theme.

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Leading with Authenticity – The Cost of Not Being Yourself

Leading with Authenticity – The Cost of Not Being Yourself

Many of us have, no doubt, experienced times or even situations when we have felt the need to act differently from what feels to be our true self. Sometimes this is because we believe that in order to succeed or gain approval, we have to alter our behaviour and show others a changed version of ourselves; one that we perceive others want us to be – a “false self” that we think will meet their expectations. In some situations, the “false self” acts as a very clever defence mechanism.

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How NUT Headteacher Members Can Get Subsidised 1:1 Coaching Support

How NUT Headteacher Members Can Get Subsidised 1:1 Coaching Support

It’s almost thirty years ago, when as a newly qualified teacher, I signed up to become a member of the NUT. Like many new teaching recruits, I signed up because I believed in the union’s values of equality, fairness and social justice. These very same values are held by many Heads who still hold NUT membership. Yet we know with the deluge of change that has occurred over the past decade, the struggle to hold onto one’s values has become an increasingly difficult and lonesome task.

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#WomenEd – Why it’s So Much More than a Movement

#WomenEd – Why it’s So Much More than a Movement

This week’s blog comes from Maria Alex O’Neill (@DaringOptimist), co-founder of HealthyToolkit HQ, teacher, coach, passionate Womened advocate and organiser of the upcoming WomenEd West Midlands regional event. #WomenEd, what is it? According to the website, ‘‘#WomenEd is a grassroots movement which connects existing and aspiring leaders in education.’’

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