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Community and Support

Reflecting on the past year, I can safely say that one of the best pieces of advice I received when I started as a Deputy Head was to join a union that was specifically for school leaders. My Head recommended ASCL, I think this was because this was his union and I guess he hadContinue reading “Community and Support”

Planning Meetings

The heading of this blog might seem obvious and possibly even superfluous. However, it is something that I have to remind myself about and very importantly carve out time and headspace for. An example was last night, I had a meeting with a parent that I wasn’t sure about, I hoped I could persuade themContinue reading “Planning Meetings”

Key differences between middle management and senior leadership​ – A different rhythm to the year

I’m writing this in the summer term which feels very different to two years ago. Two years ago, even though I had additional responsibilities to my middle management role my timetable had significantly reduced as my exam classes were on study leave – there was time to review schemes of work or update our resources,Continue reading “Key differences between middle management and senior leadership​ – A different rhythm to the year”

The first year

In your first year, and to be honest in every year, you will make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up about this, it is part of being a human being. Say sorry, learn from them and keep moving forward but don’t dwell on them – the jump up to senior management is the biggest leap you’veContinue reading “The first year”

Time well spent

Whist thinking about what to write as the next reflections on the first two years of senior management I keep coming back to how I spend my time. I am inclined to measure my day by what I have achieved, how many tasks I have ticked off my list and there is the tendency toContinue reading “Time well spent”


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