Monday, 29 September 2014

STRATEGY MATTERS... PASS IT ON!

We are moving from the old hierarchical, command and control school improvement structure rooted in the local authority which I lived with for about twenty years, into an emerging, chaotic and fragmented, landscape of academies, trusts, chains, federations and partnerships.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

HAPPY SUNDAY... PASS IT ON!

This Sunday, have a great day and don't let things get you down.
The things that matter still matter... faith, friends and family!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

CONFIDENCE MATTERS... PASS IT ON!

I have been a learner all my life and the older I get the more I realise that while knowledge and facts are important, it's the skills and ability to use what you know that really matters.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

PETER DRUCKER

In this crazy over-managed and under-led world, these Peter Drucker quotes constantly remind me what we need to do:

Monday, 22 September 2014

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESS... PASS IT ON!

Successful people I know have the following in common:
1. They smile a lot;
2. They have a positive outlook:
3. They rarely complain:
4. They take resonsibility:
5. They are confident;
6. They are persistent;
7. They are optimistic;
8. They are focused;
9. They never stop learning;
10. They help other people;
11. They know that we learn from our mistakes;
12. They always go the extra mile;
13. They never give up!

EVERYONE IS A GENIUS... PASS IT ON!


Thursday, 18 September 2014

THE JOURNEY TO OUTSTANDING... PASS IT ON!

While educationalists continue to argue about facts, knowledge, skills and what is really important, there is some common ground.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

CULTURAL AMBASSADORS...ANOTHER BRILLIANT INITIATIVE!

I was at Firth Park Academy in Sheffield again this evening to attend a session with the ambassadors, their parents and carers and other stakeholders and partners working in the cultural sector.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

DOERS, NOT CRITICS COUNT.... PASS IT ON!

“You can program yourself to be positive. Being positive is a discipline … 
and the more adversity you face, the more positive you have to be. 
Being positive helps build confidence and self-esteem”

Rick Pitino, University of Louisville Head Basketball Coach

Whatever the critics and the sceptics say education and learning has been transformed over the last 15 years and our successes are everywhere; not just the GCSE/Level 2/Key Stage results but the attendance and exclusion figures, the latest OFSTED analysis, work on healthy schools, work on developing the arts and music, work developing PE and school sport, work on tackling racism, work on inclusion and equity and much, much more. So many colleagues in so many schools have done a simply brilliant job... and always remember when it comes to judging our successes and failures "It is not the critic who counts...