As we navigate the final weeks of term towards the yearned-for Christmas break, there's a fundamental question that we rarely give deep thought: What do we really want?
In education, we can often turn our attention to the big systemic issues which are, in the main, beyond our immediate control: OFSTED reform, increased funding, easier recruitment, accessible external services, and so on.
A Culture of Belonging
A half-term in, now is a good time to reflect on how much your colleagues feel that they are integral to something meaningful, that their contributions are valued, and that they truly belong to your school/trust community. The feeling of belonging not only enriches the lives of individuals but also has profound influence on professional dynamics.
I first came across the beach ball metaphor at a local TeachMeet back in the noughties. I’ve regularly revisited it since, with students, colleagues and coachees… and this month, I’d like to bounce it your way.
Just as you can't see all the colours on a beach ball from a single position, you can't fully understand a complex issue by looking at it from only one angle.
Stepping Out, Stepping In
Welcome to 23-24! We hope you have been able to switch off ‘work’ mode and reconnect with your ‘not-at-work’ self, and now feel rejuvenated for the new school year, which is full of bright hopes and promise.
Many of you will be stepping into new roles, possibly within a new organisation. This month, we explore why taking on fresh challenges, whether in a new or existing role, helps to bring your best self to school.
As we approach the end of term, the focus on “getting everything done” for a hard stop can feel like we’re approaching a brick wall at breakneck speed. Tasks and jobs get squashed into these final weeks of term and we summon all our energy to race this last leg at full speed. “Come on! Keep Going! Nearly there!”
Make Do and Mend
Ever feel like you’re scrabbling around for scraps of cloth to cover the needs of the school? You are not alone. We have been speaking with lots of leaders in schools who feel this way...
Ain't Got No Money
As members of the largest UK teachers’ union strike to protest against a chronic shortage of funding and a national recruitment and retention crisis, let us reflect this month on one of the most challenging aspects of school leadership, at all levels: managing budgets...
Behind The Mask
As we return to school, this common question will most often lead to a quick civil exchange, “Yes, thanks. You?” And we will go on our way. But couldn’t this be an opportunity for something better, more engaging than a simple courtesy?
Every Leader is Telling a Story
In the words of Walt Disney, “Every leader is telling a story… about what he or she values.” What will people read into you? More importantly, what is at the core of the story you want to tell?
It's a Marathon not a Sprint
We all know mental health is a priority, and schools are being asked to assign a Mental Health Lead by 2025. Whilst the focus of this role is largely to provide our children and young people...
Begin with the End in Mind
Political ideology aside, I hope you can take inspiration from her Majesty’s example of servant leadership, and check-in with the end you have in mind for 2022-2023, so you can start this academic year with confidence and a clear sense of purpose...
Passing on the Baton
As the Commonwealth games get underway in Birmingham, at Leadership Edge, I too am passing on the baton. Maybe there are readers amongst you who also will also be passing on the baton at the end of this term - and maybe taking hold of a new one...