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Low level disruption? –

Low level disruption? – | School leadership | Scoop.it
Those of us working in schools hear about low-level and high-level disruption a lot. We all know, or at least think we know, what is meant by each. Throwing a chair, fighting and swearing directly …
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The specific things that leaders do

The specific things that leaders do | School leadership | Scoop.it
I recently spent a few months supporting a school in Portsmouth as it joined our group of schools. This return to hands-on school leadership presented me with a few situations that I hadn’t encountered for a while, such as holding a meeting with a parent and child to address persistently poor behaviour which could no…
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Is it more important to understand than to know? –

Is it more important to understand than to know? – | School leadership | Scoop.it
I read an interesting post by Debra Kidd today about how, in history and other subjects, we should aim not just to know, but also to understand. I have written before about knowledge and understand…
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Do school visions really matter?

Do school visions really matter? | School leadership | Scoop.it
As a fan of the television show ‘The Apprentice’ I always enjoy the bit at the start of the series where the two teams come up with their team names and explain how their team name fits the culture of their team. It never ceases to amaze me the nonsense that these, so called professionals…
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In search of senior curriculum leadership : Introduction – a dangerous absence

In search of senior curriculum leadership : Introduction – a dangerous absence | School leadership | Scoop.it
This is an introduction to a series of posts exploring future possibilities for senior curriculum leadership in schools. What does it mean to be in a whole-school leadership team and to be leading on curriculum? We still lack a properly developed model of what is senior curriculum leadership. Time was when a senior leader in charge…
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Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?

Leadership is not a transferable skill.
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5 tips – Managing my behaviour management part 1

5 tips – Managing my behaviour management part 1 | School leadership | Scoop.it
Behaviour management is not something I have seen a lot of teachers blog about. I really liked Ben Newmark's blog about how he deals with a new class at a new school. These raw, personal blogs really help other teachers. I think behaviour management as a skill is something that people are ashamed to admit…
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Ideas Generation and Behavioural Insights

Ideas Generation and Behavioural Insights | School leadership | Scoop.it
Here is the ideas grid I use when working with local authorities to co-produce ways of using behavioural insights. Each effect has a 'how can we use it?' challenge; we use it to develop ideas. Some of the ideas generated feel counter-intuitive, some feel run-of-the-mill, some feel like breakthroughs straightaway. We play them back, and…
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Leadership: reboot your school's behaviour for 2017

Leadership: reboot your school's behaviour for 2017 | School leadership | Scoop.it
'If you can keep your head  when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...' To mark the start of the new year an
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Learning the meaning of virtue: language-games, domain specificity, and behaviour

Learning the meaning of virtue: language-games, domain specificity, and behaviour | School leadership | Scoop.it
One morning, a few years back, I was sitting in the centre that I managed for children in danger of exclusion, chatting with my colleague. We must have been talking about some political event or other, because when a student arrived (let’s call her Janet) she tried to join in. ‘Oh I hate Muslims, I…
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There is no pattern in student data

There is no pattern in student data | School leadership | Scoop.it
Following a talk I gave at Collaboration in Education on Saturday 2nd July, at which I raised the natural variablity in pupil outcomes which we should expect to see in Primary schools, Davi
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6 ways to turn around a failing school | Schools Week

6 ways to turn around a failing school | Schools Week | School leadership | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that high performance in both can be traced back to similar patterns of behaviour, and results will follow if a particular series of
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Holding Teachers To Account Fairly

Holding Teachers To Account Fairly | School leadership | Scoop.it
This is a follow up to my recent post asking Should Managers Tell Teachers What To Do? A lot of the discussion about teaching focusses on problems related to teacher accountability. In particular: lesson observations; work scrutinies; assigning responsibility for exam results. It's difficult to unpick whether the problems with these things are fundamental, i.e. that…
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5 ways to build rapport and have better conversations

5 ways to build rapport and have better conversations | School leadership | Scoop.it
When it comes to conversation, relationships matter. So how can you use conversation to make relationships better, improve trust and really get things done? Clearly, a good relationship with others makes your life easier. But, as Kim Scott says in her excellent book, Radical Candor, it’s a two way street: “there’s a chicken-and-egg interaction between … Continue reading "5 ways to build rapport and have better conversations"
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Learning: What is it, and how might we catalyse it? - Peps Mccrea - Google Drive

Learning: What is it, and how might we catalyse it? - Peps Mccrea - Google Drive | School leadership | Scoop.it
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Principles over patch-ups. The power of focused fundamentals – featuring @TurtonSchool –

Principles over patch-ups. The power of focused fundamentals – featuring @TurtonSchool – | School leadership | Scoop.it
Running a school is complicated: 1000s of individuals; 100,000s of interactions every day – you just can’t control it all.  If you try to micro-manage teachers and students to the nth d…
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Behaviour Balance: Assertive teachers; supportive system.

Behaviour Balance: Assertive teachers; supportive system. | School leadership | Scoop.it
On my travels around schools over the years I've seen hundreds of lessons in various different contexts.  Whilst a firm believer that school and college systems are necessary to support excellent behaviour, I have to say that, where behaviour is an issue in a lesson, a lot of the time I take the view that…
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What exactly are we tracking?

What exactly are we tracking? | School leadership | Scoop.it
Almost every state school in England tracks the progress of their pupils by using spreadsheets to analyse a number or grade teachers input into a software program at regular intervals. In some this happens once a term, and every half term is even more common. The purpose is clear; schools are responsible for the progress…
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Teachers Are Forced To Do Things They Don’t Believe In, Then Blamed When It Doesn’t Work

Teachers Are Forced To Do Things They Don’t Believe In, Then Blamed When It Doesn’t Work | School leadership | Scoop.it

We’re sharing this article as part of our #JustLetMeTeach campaign. We want to find out what impact high-stakes testing is having on teaching, and whether teachers feel free to share the…

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Getting culture right Part 1: Normative messages - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Getting culture right Part 1: Normative messages - David Didau: The Learning Spy | School leadership | Scoop.it
If you want to change anything within a school, culture is crucial. As Tom Bennett argues in Creating a Culture: How school leaders can optimise behaviour, culture is “the way we do things round here”. His advice to school leaders is to purposely design the culture you want in your school and then work hard to
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Ideas Generation and Behavioural Insights

Ideas Generation and Behavioural Insights | School leadership | Scoop.it
Here is the ideas grid I use when working with local authorities to co-produce ways of using behavioural insights. Each effect has a 'how can we use it?' challenge; we use it to develop ideas. Some of the ideas generated feel counter-intuitive, some feel run-of-the-mill, some feel like breakthroughs straightaway. We play them back, and…
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There is a lot of bad behaviour in schools! - Teacher Tapp

There is a lot of bad behaviour in schools! - Teacher Tapp | School leadership | Scoop.it
We asked teachers to predict bad behaviour in their classes and then looked to see if that was affected by their school type. What do you think we found?
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If You Want to Motivate Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts

If You Want to Motivate Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts | School leadership | Scoop.it
Adopt a data-driven approach.
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Towards Impeccable Behaviour: Phase 2.

Towards Impeccable Behaviour: Phase 2. | School leadership | Scoop.it
It's now exactly a year since we launched our original Behaviour for Learning System. I described the principles and the details of the system in these posts:  Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Together  and Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Ready for Launch.  A year on, after another round of reviews and consultations, we're about to re-launch the system with…
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What’s wrong with nightmare school?

What’s wrong with nightmare school? | School leadership | Scoop.it
Inspired by Oliver Caviglioli (@olivercavigliol) I’ve been experimenting with sketching some ideas. You can download a PDF of this cartoon here.
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