Author Archives: Sonia Gill

Save the date – 23rd November 2023. Learn, share, be inspired – highlight from recently outstanding headteachers

Last week we had our 10th conference ‘Moving to Outstanding 2022: best practice from recently outstanding headteachers’.  These headteachers shared their journey, lessons learned, practical tips and they inspired us because none of them did it for Ofsted, like you they set about making the very best school for their pupils. If you were there […]

Neurodiversity – how does it affect your difficult conversations?

Neurodiversity is something many leaders are understandably struggling with when it comes to difficult conversations. As schools we’re very inclusive and supportive and so it’s natural and right to want to support those with neurodiversity. However sometimes there are issues that need to be addressed for the benefit of all. How can we do this […]

All the schools we supported got outstanding last year

Last year, all the schools we supported who were inspected and all got the best result they could: Servite Primary School – section 5, outstanding (previous full inspection 2007, outstanding) South Harringay Junior School – section 8, level up sentence South Harringay Infant School – section 8, level up sentence These schools did many things […]

Some half term reading to help in Autumn 2

Ah, October half term. It’s a time when, sadly, we have usually entered the ‘storming’ phase as a team. Things were going so well, almost everyone has been on their best behaviour, refreshed after the summer break. But now, a few cracks are appearing. Here are two things to help you out: What is storming? […]

‘Getting everyone on your bus’ will get you to good, not great

We’ve all heard it haven’t we: Is everyone on the bus? I hate the bus. Why? Because you’re upfront working hard, driving the bus, reading the signs and navigating. I’m sitting at the back having a chat/eating my lunch/scrolling on my phone.  I’m passive.  You’re active. That’s not a team I want to be part […]

Is your performance management missing this?

As you know at Heads Up we’re all about helping you get out of the grind of good, by getting your team 100% on board and excelling in their role. And something I see time and time again is performance management that doesn’t give the best to you and your team. I raise this now […]

New starters? Here’s my top tip.

A new school year often means new team members to your team. So here is my top tip for new starters: Give feedback early, both the good and the constructive. Why? It’s easy in these early days to focus on what is good and let some of the smaller niggles slide. And you might have […]