If we cultivate freedom and innovation, teacher performance will soar – and this culture begins with middle leaders (as well as with chickens and candles). Peter Radford explains

Recently in SecEd, I suggested 36 actions that could help to transform working life and wellbeing for teachers in your school (October 2019). Central to these are four interrelated key points:

This will transform your school. The culture of your organisation will coalesce around the ethos, enthusiasm and engagement of your middle leaders and their proficiency or otherwise in effectively managing and motivating their teams. I will share here two notable studies that speak volumes about staff motivation and engagement.

The first study was carried out by Dr William Muir, an evolutionary biologist at Purdue University in the 1990s (see Muir & Wilson, 2016). Dr Muir wanted to study productivity and for his case study he used chickens! Easy to measure productivity in chickens – just count the eggs!

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