Looking for a great book to read as a leader for read a book day? I thought I’d share some of my favourites: Good to Great, by Jim Collins – one of the best leadership books (but might be hard to read in a day) Legacy – 15 lessons in leadership by James Kerr – […]

I’ve had the chance to analyse the results of Ofsted’s 2015/2016 Inspections and here are the results: How do those outstanding heads do it?  We’d like to share… Every year we host our Moving to Outstanding Conference where we get a group of recently outstanding heads together to share their best practice and we’re making […]

Playtime is a whole 20% of the school day, which is one whole day of the week, and as a teacher I know the difference a good play or lunch time makes to my next lesson! And this is why I love OPAL – committed to making playtimes outstanding.  The fact that they work in […]

I believe a vision is a necessary courtesy of leadership. If I want you to follow me then really I need to tell you where we’re going. If I don’t then would you follow me? Probably not, and if you did you wouldn’t be able to contribute as much as you could because you wouldn’t […]

As a coach I’m a fan of clarity and one of the ways this can be created is by projecting yourself into the future and taking a good look around. I’m fortunate to coach many heads and school leaders and sometimes I ask them to write the Ofsted report they would like. This can be […]

I love a picnic!  Every summer I get as many friends and loved ones together in a London park and we have a fab time picnicking and as we’re getting into picnic weather I thought I’d share a few of my favourite salads.  Now I know salad sounds boring but trust me these are delicious […]

So the DFE has published today that they will not pass legislation forcing schools to become academies. On the face of it this is great news especially as we head into SATs. But reading the official publication is like seeing a washing machine at maximum revs: it is FULL of spin. Here’s my dissection based […]

I know you want everyone to know your vision.  But if they can say it near enough word perfect then you should be worried. Why?  Because the chances are they know the words not the meaning?  A bit like when a child can say numbers but doesn’t have a concept of number.   I was […]

Thank you to those of you who helped me decide the design for our new Heads Up bag, I really like it and I hope you do too 🙂