Author Archives: Sonia Gill

Did I see you?

Amrit Bal-Richards, one of our speakers at Moving to Outstanding 2019, has been looking at raising behaviour in her school even further. To do this she used an imaginative one, one that built on the vision work we did in her school. She created a clear picture of what she wanted to see in behaviour […]

5 easy ways to reduce your plastic and save money

A huge number of us were taken in by ‘Blue Planet 2’, and the wonderful Sir David Attenborough’s call to reduce the impact of plastic waste. It certainly got me thinking and, since then, I’ve tried to reduce the amount of plastic (and waste) I produce in lots of small ways. It turns out there […]

They’ll never change

When you need to have a difficult conversation, it can feel like the other person will never change. In fact, that might be a reason for you to not waste time in having the conversation. However, in my experience, people do change in the vast majority of instances, even with some pretty entrenched behaviour: I’ve […]

Growing excellence in your team

This strategy is about letting everyone be excellent at what they do. Typically, what happens when a school is in ‘RI’ is they do what I call ‘wholesale’ training; training which everyone needs and everyone attends. This is the right thing to do at this stage. But what happens when you get to ‘good’? Usually, […]

Hugh Gaitskell Primary School Vision

Hugh Gaitskell Primary School has just about every demographical challenge available in their school. I had the pleasure of working with them to create a powerful vision and to set the direction of the school as they move from good to fabulous! Take a look. Hugh Gaitskell Primary School Vision Together, we will make the […]

What if you haven’t seen the issue you need to address and the other person asks ‘Who told you?’

As a leader, you are not going to witness everything that happens in your school. This means that your difficult conversations can be about things you have been told about but not seen first-hand. This is fine; it’s part of your leadership responsibility and an expectation that staff can come and report things they are […]