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Ofsted don’t set the standard. You do….

I know that hearing the ‘O’ word can sometimes send shivers down your spine and send you into a thought process of ‘What will they think of us’, but here at Heads Up we encourage schools and Headteachers to think in another way. A great restaurant who consistently deliver high quality plates of food from […]

5 easy team culture wins at Christmas

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s a great time to show people you care and reinforce the kind of school you are. In fact, the New Year is also a good time to do any of these too. Here are 5 quick Christmas culture wins – pick the ones that feel true to you […]

How do you raise an issue that you have avoided for too long?

Who likes conflict? Pretty much no-one!  (Including me!) So it’s no surprise that a lot of us will avoid having a difficult conversation. However, there might well come a time when we realise we have to have a difficult conversation and, at that point, we often regret not having it sooner; after all, it’s very […]

5 mistakes schools make when writing their vision

There are mistakes I see time and time again when people create their vision. Here are the top 5 so you can avoid them: Mistake #1: Everyone should write your vision No. You get a vision which seems to please everyone but really says nothing. It reminds me of the phrase: A camel is a […]

Why aren’t they on my bus?!

Do you ever get frustrated that some people don’t seem to be on your bus?  They don’t seem to get that your actions are all driven towards doing the best for your children and students.Or, perhaps they say they get it, but their actions tell you otherwise.​Why is that?Well it’s because they don’t really get […]

It’s all down to leadership.

As a headteacher you are the leader of your school and the leader of the next generation; you know too well that your school’s success ultimately rests on your shoulders. Leadership creates culture by design; a lack of leadership allows a culture to form by accident. Great leaders create great cultures. The behaviour of individuals, […]

Got an impossible difficult conversation? – no difficult conversation is impossible, we’ve not had one we can’t fix yet.

We’ve not found a difficult conversation we haven’t been able to fix yet. In fact, I’m looking for it. Here are three scenarios that felt impossible to the people we were working with but were fixed in very few conversations (and without capability or court). How to get through when someone doesn’t think there is a […]