• The Power of Big Relationships

    February 14, 2021 by

    What better day to post a blog about “relationships” than on February 14th, St Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry: there are no love poems or red roses henceforth, just a good dose of research, neuroscience and common sense. In any organisation, success relies so much on its staff. The phrase “you’re only as good as your… Read more

  • A Deputy Head’s Reflections on Working From Home.

    January 20, 2021 by

    Back in September 2019, during a Senior Leadership Team meeting, my boss floated the idea of having a day-and-a-half working from home every half term. At the time, after a little bit of thought, the SLT unanimously agreed that it would be a great way for us to have some “catch up time” or some… Read more

  • Understanding my identity as a leader.

    June 27, 2020 by

    This blog feels like a natural sequel to my recent blog on “What I Care About” and comes about after a virtual Deputy Head’s Network meeting on Friday with a fantastic input from Liz Barratt, Fiona More and Sarah Heesom – three leaders that I respect and look up to for a whole host of… Read more

  • The Lion, The Tinman and The Scarecrow…

    October 31, 2019 by

    March 9, 2019 |@iTeachPri No, I haven’t gone mad. And no, I’m not blogging about The Wizard of Oz, either. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of listening to Hywel Roberts (@HYWEL_ROBERTS) talk at a twilight session on his reverie of adventures in teaching. I’ve not blogged in a while and thought that this… Read more

  • Maximising Pupil Premium Funding to ‘Close the Gap’

    October 31, 2019 by

    June 4, 2018 |@iTeachPri Over the past two years, we have made great strides in ensuring that pupil premium funding is used as effectively as possible to help close the attainment gap between the school’s disadvantaged pupils and their peers. Recently we were asked to share our strategies with Rachael Gacs, a member of the Inspiring… Read more

  • Wellbeing, workload and well… running!

    October 31, 2019 by

    February 26, 2018 |@iTeachPri “Teachers’ workload is too high, with various organisations – including the DfE – reporting teachers, working in-excess of 55+ hour weeks just to keep on top of their day-to-day workload.” Ross Morrison McGill (@TeacherToolkit) Over a year ago now, I worked with a few of our governors and the deputy headteacher to champion a whole… Read more

  • Moving to a whole class shared reading model.

    October 31, 2019 by

    February 24, 2018 |@iTeachPri Over the last few years, the raised expectation has hit all core subject in the primary curriculum; ask any primary practitioner and I’m pretty sure they’ll say that reading has been the biggest uphill struggle, both in terms of ensuring the attainment pupils make and the progress. Up and down the… Read more

  • Learning Behaviours and Growth Mindset: The impact of a whole school initiative.

    October 31, 2019 by

    November 19, 2017 |@iTeachPri In September 2015, as part of my whole school research project following my Middle Leaders Training Programme, our school introduced what we called Learning Behaviours. Heavily influenced by Guy Claxton’s building learning powers, we used similar principles to create a bespoke model that met our exact needs at the time. Initially,… Read more

  • The first year of being a Deputy.

    August 20, 2019 by

    Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. Starting a new job brings with it a whole raft of new challenges, not to mention new skills that need to de developed or old skills that need to be refreshed. In this blog, I originally recalled some of the funny, challenging and downright bizarre… Read more

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