Towards a culture of wellbeing

In their book “Making Coaching Work” Clutterbuck and Megginson[1] propose four layers of organisational evolution. I suggest schools might find the same four ideas helpful in thinking about the layers of evolution towards a culture of wellbeing: Nascent: “hit and
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10 characteristics of a Coaching Culture

Creating a coaching culture in your school requires a clear vision of what that might look like. Most of the literature around coaching describes one-to-one relationships but it is worth thinking about the culture of the organisation as a whole.
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Sinking, swimming, box ticking? Schools and their professional responsibility for early career teachers

“What happens in induction is critical to shaping the quality of the teacher’s future performance. The induction period is a major test of the extent to which employers, school leaders and the profession are interested in and committed to the
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School-to-school networking – more gain than pain

Increasingly school-to-school collaboration and networking is receiving emphasis as national systems start to fragment and schools edge towards being interdependent as well as independent. But collaborative working between schools is not an easy option whether it’s two, three or more
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5-Dimensional Vision for School Boards

I don’t know who first applied the words “Foresight, Insight, Oversight” to governance but it has definitely caught on including within the US Congress.  These three words neatly describe the role of governance in whatever context including the work of
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Great School Board members – intentional or happenstance?

Finding people to join the school board is challenging; and to get the right or the best people even more so.   No board will ever achieve the perfect membership – it is a balancing act: an art rather than a
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Leading the school: the Principal and the School Board

The leadership of the Principal and the School Board is distinct and each contributes to the strength, success and long term sustainability of the school and its performance in different ways. As the executive leader, the Principal’s modus operandi is
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Coaching for newly appointed School Principals – an enriching gift

Too often governors, having collectively appointed the best school Principal and so are feeling pretty pleased, now pat themselves on the back – and walk away to let the Principal get on with it!  OK, yes, they continue to govern
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Appointing your next Head – how to avoid heffalump traps

Do you want to be sure that you can appoint the best possible Head for your school? Having done this lots and lots of times, I know that there is no secret recipe for success but for sure there are
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What comes after the pink wig?

What a wonderfully exuberant bash we had for my retirement party! Set in the historic Charterhouse in London, friends and colleagues joined with me to celebrate 20 years of working with United Learning. I was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and
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