Middle leadership


Are you a coach or a mentor?

20 March 2019

Would you make a good mentor or coach? With these approaches forming a core part of professional development and support in schools, John Dabell looks at what makes for effective practice


Getting work scrutiny right

6 March 2019

Book scrutiny (or sampling) is too often about criticism and too often conducted in a Big Brother atmosphere of distrust. Instead, it must be about improvement, development and sharing best practice. Adam Riches and Roy Watson Davis offer their advice


Becoming a middle leader

6 March 2019

Becoming a middle leader can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are still a relatively young teacher or new to the school. Dave Stephenson has recently made this step up and offers some basic advice


CPD workshop: Middle leadership – vision into practice

23 January 2019

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at how new middle leaders can put their vision and ideas into practice


Leading an effective programme of PSHE

9 January 2019

High-quality PSHE is essential to the wellbeing of our students. In the first of two articles, Matt Bromley advises on how to create and lead an effective programme of PSHE in 2019


Make your department meetings sparkle

5 December 2018

Meetings can often be the bane of a teacher’s life. Terry Freedman offers some tips on how to make your head of department, subject or other middle leadership meetings sparkle


NQT Special: An NQT Christmas Carol

28 November 2018

In a period of dark mornings, darker nights, budget cuts and teacher workload, Sean Harris – with a little help from Charles Dickens and a few others – considers how NQTs might achieve levels of optimism and prioritise their development and progress as a teacher in their NQT year:


How to lead PSHE effectively in your school

28 November 2018

Leading PSHE is a complex, challenging and rewarding role. However, it is too often thrust upon inexperienced staff without proper training or an effective delivery model. Jenny Barksfield looks at how a school should approach its PSHE provision


SEND and school governance: Getting it right

14 November 2018

A school’s governing body must support and challenge the leadership, SENCO and other staff in order to ensure fair and equal access to education for all students with SEND. Matt Bromley outlines your responsibilities


Effective lesson observations

7 November 2018

Observing a lesson is not as easy as one might think. Adam Riches draws on his experience to offer advice on how to approach lesson observations to ensure good outcomes


After the lesson observation: Getting it right

17 October 2018

Last week, we focused on how schools and teachers can ensure ‘better’ classroom observation and evaluation. Archie McGlynn now looks at how we can get the post-observation interview and follow-up right


Computing: Whole-team schemes of work

17 October 2018

Involving teachers in creating your computing schemes of work – even those who aren’t computing experts – is something Terry Freedman strongly recommends...


Curriculum design and delivery (Part 1)

5 September 2018

In a new seven-part series, Matt Bromley will look at the central tenets of an effective curriculum and how to design and deliver this. He begins with a general discussion about what a good curriculum should look like


CPD workshop: Leading your team effectively

5 September 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at developing the skills and knowledge of those new to middle leadership


How to have a difficult conversation

5 September 2018

Difficult conversations are a frequent reality for many school leaders – whether they be with parents, teachers or middle leaders. John Rutter advises on handling these situations


Retention: Keeping your teachers

27 June 2018

Retaining talented teachers is a major concern for schools. Liam Donnison finds out about one school’s approach – the creation of an ‘academy improvement group’


Stepping up to the SLT: Part 3

27 June 2018

ln the final article of his three-part series on making the step up to a senior leadership post, school leader Phil Denton discusses how to succeed when interviewing for an SLT post


Stepping up to the SLT: Part 2

20 June 2018

In this three-part series, school leader Phil Denton is looking at making the step up to a senior leadership post. In part two, he focuses on making your application...


Stepping up to the SLT: Part 1

13 June 2018

In this three-part series, school leader Phil Denton looks at making the step up to a senior leadership post. He will describe a three-step process, which begins with finding the right post for you...


Nurturing tomorrow’s school leaders

16 May 2018

Good leadership development practice is crucial – both for the education system as a whole and for the retention of teachers. Jason Wing explains his approach




Leading change in your school

14 March 2018

When an area of school life needs to be reviewed, refreshed and changed, it can sometimes be difficult to convince colleagues. Martin Matthews offers his advice on leading change


Leadership: A 100-day plan

7 February 2018

If you are starting a new middle or senior leadership role, Ben Solly recommends having a 100-day plan to help you hit the ground running

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