Thursday, 31 May 2012
How do we create great schools for every child, every young person and every community? Personally, I passionately believe that the answers lie in creative learning organisations built on beautiful systems, deep research, intelligent accountability and the importance of discipline and character.
at May 31, 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
There is so much negativity in the world at the moment. Everywhere you look things are problematic. However, I was reading a report on great companies in the Guardian and it's true that the key to great schools, great teams, great organizations and great families is to engage, switch on and keep switched on the people we love, care about and those who who work with us. Everyone tells me that it simply doesn't work like that, but here is a four week plan to change your life!
Monday, 28 May 2012
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
So many people tell me that they find it hard to manage the stress and the pressure and ask how I manage to stay so cheerful, so positive and so enthusiastic. It's easy if you know how and if you have the right attitude and the right tools and strategies to manage the XXXX...
at May 26, 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Rob Spence contacted me to tell me that I had got the quote wrong. It wasn't Nelson Mandela but Marianne Williamson. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
I found this story as I searched the internet the other night and realised that it was an important message for a lot of people facing opportunities and challenges in an uncertain world...
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
I was re-reading some research gathered on more than 1,500 children who were about 10 years old when they were first studied in 1921. This study has been used to create the most comprehensive longitudinal evidence for how to live long and prosper. As I have said for a long time we simply need to be persistent, disciplined and work hard for as long as we possibly can, stay connected with friends and colleagues and volunteer and give to others whenever and whatever we can.
at May 23, 2012
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
I was listening to a debate about private education and how schools in the private sector have so much to teach those of us who have spent our lives in the public sector. I recognise that there are always things to learn and the impact of private education on the development of character is obvious to everyone.
The important thing is not to stop questioning"
Thursday, 17 May 2012
I was re-reading the 'Talent Code', by Daniel Coyle, which covers similar ground to 'Outliers' by Malcolm Gladwell, 'Bounce' by Matthew Syed and 'Talent is Overrated' by Geoff Colvin. It draws on research to show that ability isn't something we are born with but something that we can create, grow and nurture.
at May 17, 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I was over in Leeds again today catching up with some colleagues who reminded me that the Education Leeds way was to celebrate, share and network excellence and constantly learn from what works! We developed a coherent systemic approach to help every school become a great school and we developed systemic solutions and strategies that recognised that every child mattered!
"If people are good
only because they fear punishment,
and hope for reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed."
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
I met the amazing 'SCRABTAGZ' team again this morning when I visited Stocksbridge High School. The team from Year 9 recently won the Sheffield 'Big Challenge' with their simple and hugely effective business idea; selling replica laser cut scrabble tiles on a wooden rack to spell out names or messages.
Friday, 11 May 2012
I was really delighted to be at William Booth Primary School in Nottingham yesterday as they came out of Special Measures! It is a fantastic achievement for the whole team who under Gary Fullwood's leadership have worked so incredibly hard to change almost every aspect of their practice and provision and to release the magic in some wonderful young people.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
"The principal goal of education...
should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things...
men and women who are creative, inventive, and discoverers."
at May 10, 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
"People are always blaming their circumstances for where they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them."
George Bernard Shaw
at May 04, 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
"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."