Thursday, 3 September 2015

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
John Maxwell

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

OUTWARD CITY ACADEMY JOIN 'MADE IN SHEFFIELD'!

I was at Outwood City Academy yesterday with my colleague Mike Garnock-Jones. We were there to see Richard Brooke, the academy principal, and his senior team to discuss how the academy might join the 'Made in Sheffield' scheme. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL AND BUILDING THE FUTURE, TOGETHER!

It's funny how quickly we have got to the beginning of yet another academic year and another year where we need to focus on collaboration, teamwork, leadership, teaching, data, outcomes and progress. We need to ask ourselves, what is our vision for our children and young people and how do we continue to build brilliant learning, in brilliant learning places to serve brilliant learning communities? What does the perfect school system look like and what would be it's defining features?

Friday, 21 August 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This summer the weather in the UK has been interesting to say the least but a friend once told me that there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothes!!
I hope friends, colleagues and followers are having a happy holiday, wherever you are!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

'DOLLOPS OF FEEDBACK' NEEDED!

It's sad that so few colleagues, leaders, managers and politicians simply don't get it.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

RETHINKING DEMING''S KEY PRINCIPLES!

I have been reading some of William Deming's work. Deming was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. He is perhaps best known for the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" cycle popularly named after him which we know better as 'plan-do-review' and which lies at the heart of the Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' approach.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE, THIS SATURDAY!

All nature is in uproar, what with rule-bending ferrets, the fact-twisting skunks and the gun-jumping foxes. It all adds up, to an explanation which makes as much sense as anything else in education or politics!! Those 'goalpost shifting badgers' are only the start of it, according to Carol Ann Duffy in her wonderful poem '22 Reasons for the Bedroom Tax'.

Friday, 7 August 2015

LEADERSHIP MATTERS!

Over the holidays I have been thinking about what makes a great leader, a great manager, a great headteacher...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

WHAT WOULD YOUR LIFE BE LIKE WITHOUT MUSIC AND THE ARTS!

"The arts are a central part of the human experience and young people cannot participate or understand our history without engaging in the arts..."

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

THE ARTS MATTER!

The arts are a central part of the human experience and young people cannot participate or understand our history without engaging in the arts...