Middle leadership

Reviewing the curriculum: Middle leader focused quality assurance

28 June 2022

Curriculum review and quality assurance is a critical factor for all schools. In this article, Claire Harley discusses her work to create a quality assurance process that respects subject difference and middle leader autonomy, but which is comparable across the school


How to improve your workplace relationships

20 June 2022

People who feel they have a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their roles. Leonie Hurrell looks at how we can build positive and healthy working relationships



SONAR leadership and a pedagogy of connection

19 April 2022

School leaders should ‘seek first to understand, then to be understood’ if they are to build relationships – and that requires active listening. John Dabell explains the principles of SONAR leadership



Succeeding as an EAL coordinator: Eight secrets to success

14 March 2022

The role of EAL coordinators is crucial to the successful integration and education of students using English as an additional language. Emily Maybanks offers eight tenets of good practice that can bolster the achievement of this diverse cohort of young people








The First 100 Days: School leadership lessons from football

16 June 2021

Headteacher Phil Denton has spent the last 30 months talking to Premier League managers about the lessons we can draw from the high-pressure, unforgiving world of football management, especially when it comes to tackling the first 100 days in post...





Appraisal: Can we talk about good professional dialogue?

13 January 2021

Schools within the Consilium Academies MAT are using professional development discussions to secure school improvement, boost teacher development and ensure that teachers have the opportunity to talk. Sean Harris finds out more


Professional development: How to receive fierce conversations

24 November 2020

Much has been written & discussed about delivering difficult conversations as a leader, but not as much has been said about how to receive them. Caroline Sherwood offers her reflections based around the seven principles of Susan Scott's Fierce Conversations


What school leaders can learn from Stoic philosophy

10 November 2020

From being values-driven and promoting mental fortitude to embracing uncertainty and being patient, primary headteacher Jim Mepham puts forward his case for how Stoic philosophy can transform the leadership of your school


Eight leadership habits and how to encourage them

4 November 2020

The Ted Wragg Trust prioritises leadership development across its schools. Senior leader Caroline Sherwood describes the MAT’s eight leadership habits and how these can be encouraged


Stepping up to co-headship

3 November 2020

Two heads are better than one as the saying goes. Sean Harris speaks to co-headteachers Alan Rogers and James Wilson about how a co-leadership approach to headship is working for them...


Four coaching conversations for school leaders

1 July 2020

Coaching can have a positive influence on staff wellbeing, morale and performance in schools. Denise Barrows outlines four particularly powerful coaching conversations that leaders can use to achieve this sort of transformative impact


Leadership during a crisis: Five crucial traits

14 April 2020

Previously, Jez Bennett explored how we can handle the coronavirus crisis using change-management theory and drawing on lessons from the Apollo 13 mission. He continues his discussion, looking at crucial leadership traits for crisis situations


Saving time: Collaboration

18 March 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this five-part series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Part three focuses on powerful collaboration


Good practice for professional coaching

25 February 2020

Drawing upon the literature and her experience as a professional coach, Helen Webb discusses the importance of effective contracting for in-school coaching programmes, including return on investment, goal-setting, confidentiality and demonstrating impact

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