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A continuing journey with workload and delegation. When I was a teacher, I was largely able to dictate my own workload around my timetable; when to set essays and therefore when I'd do marking, how I'd plan lessons and when I'd create resources. The time for this was limited but in some ways, that made... Continue Reading →

The right kind of 10% braver?

I’ve realised that for a long time, I was doing 10% braver all wrong. I’m writing this in case some of you are doing it wrong too, whether you’ve realised it yet or not. Following the WomenEd hashtag on Twitter and listening to those I respected around me made me feel as though I was... Continue Reading →

#WomenEd Unconference 4

Today’s WomenEd Unconference was to be an event unlike others I’d attended previously. It wouldn’t be my first, I wouldn’t be presenting, I wouldn’t be attending from the perspective of a middle leader in a college. My resulting pledges and response to the day would be very different from previous events. The start of the... Continue Reading →

Crush Your Gremlin #WomenEd

A few months ago, I’d seen the advert online for WomenEd looking for workshop facilitators. I flagged the form for that evening, resolving that I would register and move from TeachMeets to a workshop attended by hopefully more than four people (as my first national conference delivering on 'making the most of meetings' had been).... Continue Reading →

Teacher Wellbeing – Day 2

After Day 1 of this wellbeing CPD, offered by The Chartered College, I was really excited to meet up with everyone again, spend a day talking about wellbeing and hearing how everyone's interventions had gone. On day 1, we explored what we meant by wellbeing a little, spoke about stress and anxiety before we ventured... Continue Reading →

Meetings Kits

Earlier on this year, as I sat twiddling my thumbs and checking my emails in yet another meeting, I began to wonder if there was another way. The problems with meetings are variable and for me, can be summed up with a few Dilbert cartoons: Once I entered management, I soon realised the way in which... Continue Reading →

Making the Most of Meetings

Ever had that broken record feeling to life's conversations? Colleagues (often the same ones) tell me, 'I've just wasted half my day in meetings.' 'I've been in back-to-back meetings.' 'Well, that meeting was a complete waste of time.' If you work in a 'leadership' role in education, especially of the further variety, then I'm certain this... Continue Reading →

The Journey in Sheffield Continues…

When I set out on my latest journey, it was destination: Sheffield. But most journeys are not quite as simple as all that and I soon discovered that I was to be making a greater journey than I realised, destination: unknown. These are the steps I expected to be making on my journey: - Forming... Continue Reading →

1 Year in…reflections

It's almost 1 year into my leadership journey and I feel that calls for a reflective blog. Or perhaps the real reasons are that I had an end of transformational leaders programme presentation to prepare for last Friday and final reflections with my coach tomorrow? I was incredibly nervous about my presentation to fellow leaders. I have... Continue Reading →

Paul Grainger- Leading in Volatile Times

Uplifting messages In times like these, it's very easy to feel angry or despondent or both all at once along with a dash of murderous intent. A recent talk at College as part of our transformational leaders programme served to counteract these feelings somewhat. The work of Paul Grainger, from the Institute of Education, went... Continue Reading →

Easter Reflections

On return to work tomorrow, I'll be asking my learners to complete some short reflections on their Easter revision. We'll discuss the other things they got up to but we need to evaluate our next steps in the weeks leading to their exams. My Easter has, as planned, been more than two weeks of total... Continue Reading →

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

I was sent this video to consider prior to my next Transformational Leaders session. I watched it over the holidays but I couldn't remember why I needed to watch it so I merely enjoyed it as background noise whilst I did something else. Here are some notes now that I'm paying attention. Why do you... Continue Reading →

My Management Journey Begins Here

I remember my first year in teaching very well indeed; it was filled with mistakes brought about by fear. I was a very worried fish out of water. After my first term in a new role at College, those nervous gasps for air and flailing of my fins are once more, all too familiar for... Continue Reading →

Who am I? Am I who I think I am?

These were the questions I scrawled on a 'what do you want to learn from today's CPD session' starter activity. Fairly philosophical questions, as questions go. I think if any of my students stated these as questions for any one of my lessons... I'd probably have to admit defeat! Fortunately, this particular CPD session would... Continue Reading →

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