Leaders, how well do you know your staff?

This is not a rhetorical question. Apart from knowing their names, the department/class they’re in and how effective they are as a practitioner, as a leader what else do you know about the individual members of staff in your school? For example, are they married? Do they have any children or pets? Have they beenContinue reading “Leaders, how well do you know your staff?”

The emotional side of an Ofsted inspection (part 2)

Click here to read part 1 We were told the official line we could tell people was, ‘It was a positive inspection and it did not convert to a Section 5 inspection’. Those in the know would have instantly known that it meant we had managed to remain a ‘Good’ school. When our lead inspectorContinue reading “The emotional side of an Ofsted inspection (part 2)”

5 tips for getting yourself ready for a promotion.

A new year often heralds a new incentive for getting off your backside and going for that promotion. It’s the time of year when everything suddenly looks different; either the rose-coloured spectacles have come off, making you realise there’s more to life than being stuck in a job you hate, or you have a DamascusContinue reading “5 tips for getting yourself ready for a promotion.”

The emotional side of an Ofsted inspection (part 1)

Over the past two years I’ve attended dozens of Ofsted webinars, read an unhealthy number of Ofsted reports and sifted through a wealth of Deep Dive questions, all in the name of preparing for my own school’s inspection. But despite all the preparation from a paperwork and school organisation point of view, there was veryContinue reading “The emotional side of an Ofsted inspection (part 1)”