In 2006 I made my first foray into international education, as I headed to the States. Optimistic, but slightly terrified, I boldly strode into the unknown. Maybe shuffled is a better description, as I was slightly weighed down by books. Books. I love books; heavy, weighty, weathered or worn. I love them all, and I keep … More New Year’s Resolution; Less Books?
Liz Free (@LizAmfree) with Dan Worth (@DanWorth), Senior Editor, TES – released 24th November 2020 In the latest edition of the Tes International podcast we chat with Liz Free, the director and CEO of International School Rheintal in Switzerland. She discusses the challenge that international schools have faced this year, given that their usual routes to connecting with … More TES Podcast: Why maintaining international networks matters
These have been unusual times; a year unprecedented in so many ways. This period of stillness and reflection as we move through the summer offers an opportunity to take stock, reflect and plan for the future. I prepared this session in June for #UKEdChat, with filming and presentation support from my daughter, as we were … More Becoming an International School Teacher #GlobalProfession
It is THE question that cuts to the core of what we believe as teachers and school leaders. Just as Hamlet faced core moments of ethical quandary, so do we as educationalists. And it is in these moments of adversity, of challenging financial times, that the decisions we make about appropriate funding (in all its … More To PD or not to PD? That’s the Question…
What is great leadership in 2019? Leadership looks exactly the same today as it always has; or does it? I was recently asked by Independent Education Today ‘What does great school leadership look like in 2019?’ Well, I would argue that in many ways it looks the same as it always has been, but with a few very visible … More Great Leaders Inspire Greatness in Others: Leadership in 2019
Am feeling excited on this #SuperSaturday as the new @WomenEd book has now been published by Sage. Written by the community for the community, I feel really privileged to have been able to contribute to this global movement and bring an international perspective to the book. ‘Be 10% Braver NOW! We are delighted to announce … More 10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education
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
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