things I notice in schools

11 Dec 2016

'Hopeful Schools' what people are saying

'Hopeful Schools is a breath of fresh air and reminds you 'why' we do 'what' we do, whilst making you think 'how' we go about it. Mary encourages us to consider what soulful schools; heart-based education and courageous leadership could and should look like. This book will nourish you and restore your faith in the future of our education system. It will reassure you that by being hopeful we can affect change. 'Hopeful Schools' will inspire you as it will remind you that through resilience, courage and hope we can create school cultures underpinned with trust and integrity.'

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04 Dec 2016

Hopeful schools

Wow! This is an amazing book. I read this from cover to cover in one sitting and I loved it. Mary Myatt’s gentle wisdom and humour shines through every page to remind the reader of the positive action and affirmation that emerges when we experience feelings of hope instead of helplessness.

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09 Oct 2016

Look at me

‘‘Look at me" is one of the most fundamental desires of the human heart.

Bertrand Russell

Russell’s observation might have been driven by his childhood experiences: loss of parents at an early age. Home tutored. Cold grandparents, left to his own devices. Or possibly not. Perhaps he said this because he noticed that people want to be acknowledged. So, if we agree with Russell that one of our basic needs is to be acknowledged, what does this mean for our own needs being met and for considering this in the workplace?

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09 Sep 2016

Today is not tomorrow

‘Nobody, ever once, pops to the top. You walk there. Step by step, each a failure until it's not.’

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a business thinker who delves in to the deepest aspects of human motivation, purpose and success. The quote that nobody pops to the top is from a post about Van Gogh. He discusses a picture of Ramsgate which the painter stitch when he spent time in England in the 1870’s when he was early in his career. Van Gogh’s paintings of Ramsgate are fine. They are functional and recognisably Ramsgate. But they are not high art, nor do they point to the future wild, magnificent brilliance. What, asks Godin, would have happened if the painter had stopped painting in Ramsgate? What if he decided he wasn't that great a painter? Well, the answer is obvious. The Ramsgate paintings were part of the journey to brilliance.

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04 Sep 2016

Workload: the big picture

Nobody has deliberately set out to increase workload. But increased it has. So what can senior leaders do to address the drivers for this and how can they find ways of cutting through anything which is not absolutely necessary? This chapter explores further the three main strands identified in the Government’s Workload Challenge, set out in the previous chapter: planning and resources, data management and marking.

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28 Aug 2016

The Philosopher Kids

I was very enthusiastic about Martin Robinson’s ‘Trivium’ when it was published in 2013 and I wrote a blog about it.  The 'Trivium in Practice’ is the follow-up to the big ideas and here we have the experiences of schools and educators who have worked on the Trivium principles. It makes fascinating reading.

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