As we dice with the winter blues and long dark nights, the golden halo of the mid-year review shines bright. Through the depths of winter we can look forward to the potential of this reflective period and see this as a bold opportunity, and not a tick-box encounter of performance management ages past where both … More Are you Tango Mid-Year Ready? Five Top Tips for Mid-Year Reviews
The Biggest Threat to Global Education… Us? Brain Drain or Brain Boost? … More The Biggest Threat to Global Education… Us? Brain Drain or Brain Boost?
One of my most favourite things about summer holidays is that I get time to read. I plan my book purchases well in advance (with true antiquated sentiment I cling on to my hardbacks) and buy actual newspapers! I read fervently everyday before falling into a siesta slumber every afternoon. An article that begin ruminating … More The 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Team…
Inspirational Leadership? I was recently asked ‘which women leaders do you most admire?’ This stumped me. There are so many inspirational leaders to choose from; great performers, educationalists, entrepreneurs, scientists and humanitarians alongside everyday acts of leadership I see in schools from staff and pupils who have significantly influenced their fields, their environments and the … More Inspirational Leadership? Which women leaders do you most admire? I’m Stumped. #IWD2018
‘Student-Centered Leadership’, Viviane Robinson, Book Review by Liz Free. First Published by the Chartered College (7/11/17) Details Book title: Student-Centered Leadership Author: Viviane Robinson Publication date: 2011 The review 1. What is your overall impression of the book? In the age of education fad and fashion, Student-Centered Leadership is a haven of sensibility that … More In the age of education fad and fashion, Student-Centered Leadership is a haven of sensibility that calls to every education leader to put ‘education back into education leadership’.
0.7%, 1%, 2% of school budget/revenue, more? This is a question that I get asked on a weekly basis. How much should we be spending on CPD? How much is enough? I often reference Viviane Robinson’s work from a Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) where she identifies the leadership dimension of ‘leading teacher learning and development’ … More CPD Spend; How Much is Enough?
One of the greatest things about living in the Netherlands is HEMA. My husband, who is a historical fencer, would especially agree but it is not Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) to which I refer (although the Netherlands is well placed in this regard) but it is HEMA otherwise known as Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam. … More HEMA: the plethora of potential and the perennial downfall of the well-intentioned teacher
It’s Super Saturday! Three international Six Nations matches in one day as we reach the climax of finale competition weekend and the prospect of an epic England back-to-back grand slam victory (a feat only achieved five times in 107 years). England seek their 19th successive test win as they prepare to meet age-old rivals Ireland, … More Super Saturday: Good to Great?
I was greeted this morning by fireworks on Facebook; ‘huzzah’ it’s international women’s day it loudly declared. A little much for a pre-coffee greeting I thought at first and then, over my oats, I began to ponder. Is this really a day of celebration? If so, what exactly is it that we are celebrating? Women, … More Thank you Facebook for starting my day with a bang! #IWD2017 it is!
Recently I delivered some workshops at conferences for senior education leaders looking at CPD as a core lever for school improvement and the international research evidence in this field (impressively dynamic & exciting despite the rather apparently dry content). I enthusiastically talked about research and impact, raising a rallying call to school leaders across … More We spend more on toilet paper and hand wash than CPD