15 Jun 2013

Why Coaching Works

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : In 2009, I was fortunate enough to have a book published – The Coaching Toolkit (my mum was very proud, but I was quite embarassed with the cover, which is a bit of a shocker!)  At the time I had been doing a great deal of work with my...
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11 Jun 2013

The Beaufort Wind Scale – why we need an observation revolution

Edssential article from @tombennett71 : Before technology bled the last drop of romance from navigation, sailors used the Beaufort Wind Force Scale to measure wind speed. Without instruments to accurately measure conditions, mariners resorted to subjective value judgements...
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09 Jun 2013

Keeping the main thing the main thing

Edssential article from @johntomsett : Can we really structure our school so that increasing the impact of teaching on students’ learning is at its very heart? I don’t know, but over the next three years we’re going to have a bloody good try! John Hattie’s comments at the London...
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07 Jun 2013

What kind of leaders do you want?

Edssential article from @Head_stmarys : Quite some time ago I read a leadership book containing a letter from an army commander to some of his leaders.  The content of the letter has always stayed with me, it went something like this:  “Gentlemen, you live in the greatest...
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06 Jun 2013

Raising the bar

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : From my perspective, a number of recent discussions and policy initiatives have missed the target when it comes to tackling the issue of educational under-performance in our schools. Even where I agree with the diagnosis, the prescribed...
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06 Jun 2013

Ten commandments for school leaders

Edssential article from @kevbartle : A word or two about this religious-sounding blogpost before I begin in the form of an explanation and two apologies. The explanation is that it is a Sunday morning and I’ve found myself meditating on the nature of school leadership,...
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03 Jun 2013

How do I know how good my teachers are?

Edssential article from @headguruteacher: At the heart of the discourse about effective schooling is the well-evidenced view that teacher quality plays a massive role in determining student outcomes. John Hattie, Dylan Wiliam, Michael Wilshaw, Michael Gove…they’d all agree on...
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03 Jun 2013

This much I know about…growing great teachers

Edssential article from @johntomsett : Subject Leaders are the single most important group of colleagues involved in raising the quality of teaching and learning; it is the Subject Leader who has the most direct influence upon the performance of teachers in the classroom. The...
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02 Jun 2013

‘Doing’ line management as a member of SLT

Edssential article from @kevbartle : This is my third ‘Doing’ post about what I have learned about senior leadership from my eight years as Assistant and Deputy Headteacher. The previous two, on ‘Doing’ Data and ‘Doing’ Human Resources are amongst the most read posts on this...
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02 Jun 2013

Six aspects of effective CPD

Edssential article from @informed_edu : Now is the time when schools evaluate priorities for the next academic year. The quality of teaching and learning sits at the top of this agenda and so staffCPD is a priority. However, it’s not always easy to decide where to focus. Here is...
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