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Small and perfectly formed

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jun 19, 2014
Is there ever a time when a ‘but’ is useful for a leader? You bet, when it’s a small ‘but’. What does that look like? For all those people reading this with clean minds it’s a ‘but’ without a capital letter, and it’s usually placed more than two words into

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I don’t like big “Buts” and I cannot lie

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jun 19, 2014
Unlike the infamous song, I don’t like big ‘Buts’ and I cannot lie. Unless you are Kim Kardashian, then as a school leader there are not many ways that big “Buts” can work in your favour. What’s my definition of a big ‘But’? One that has a capital letter and

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School Leaders get what they ask for

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jun 16, 2014
Questions are a great tool in any school leaders’ toolbox, aren’t they? Using questions in a conversation or meeting can show you are interested in hearing someone’s opinion, or keen to hear their solutions and ideas, or you just want to find out more about them and their lives and

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School Leadership is an elephant

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jun 09, 2014
When was the last time you went on holiday? Half-term, Christmas, last summer? Where was it to? Somewhere hot and sunny, or cold and snowy or a lively city break, or maybe just a relaxing countryside retreat? Wherever it was, I bet you knew where you were going before you

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#unschoolleaders

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   3 Comments   |  Posted on: May 31, 2014
#Unschoolleaders – what’s that all about then? Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a typo, just another Twitter hashtag? #Unschoolleaders is a new conversation about leaders in schools. It’s a different perspective on leadership development in schools; from the point of view of the followers, the

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7 steps to walking the leadership talk

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   3 Comments   |  Posted on: May 20, 2014
How many school leaders plan how they are going to lead? What they will do or say to get the results that will make a difference, make an impact on pupil outcomes? They often know all about different leadership styles and bout how EI contributes to effective leadership, but how

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I’ve got a feeling…

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: May 08, 2014
Are you a leader in a school? Have you ever been a leader in a school? Maybe you hope to be a school leader one day? That’s the expectation isn’t it? Good teachers will rise up the ladder and eventually become the Headteacher, or Principal or Rector or Administrator, or

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8 ways coaching teachers is like playing volleyball

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 06, 2013
Teachers being ‘coached’ for professional development – what’s that all about then? Is it like executive coaching or life coaching? Or is it coaching for compliance? Is it to make teachers perform better so that they can receive their ‘performance related pay’? Or is it to help them to ‘toe

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Teachers Are Superheroes

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 03, 2013
PE funding for Primary Schools – you can’t have failed to notice that everyone and their dog wants to get their hands on the money. Independent sports coaches, Premiership football clubs, sports foundations, CPD providers, local authorities, sports development units and the last remnants of what was the School Sport

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The end of the one day PE course for teachers.

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jun 22, 2013
  What do primary teachers do when they get stuck with PE? Call in an external specialist sports coach or attend a one day training course with glitzy free resources? Resources that end up mostly unread, with ideas largely unimplemented and often gathering dust on a shelf in the staffroom?

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Blogger’s Block

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Apr 30, 2013


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All wrapped up yet?

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 09, 2012
It’s that time of year again when the streets are thronging with shoppers. You know what it’s like – people everywhere, pushing and shoving, with a determination to get their Christmas shopping done. And have you come across the type of shopper who just stops suddenly in front of you?

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You know what you should do……

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 04, 2012
How many times have you heard someone say, “What you should do is…”? Or maybe they said, “If I were you I would…..” Or even “you need to….” Or “You have to…….” Sounds familiar? Can you remember the context? You probably weren’t even asking for advice, but someone was very

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Training v Facilitation

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 11, 2012
Ever taken part in any professional development? Was it a course? A workshop? A seminar? Maybe a conference? You know the type of thing where a trainer or speaker stands on the stage, you watch their Power Point presentation and you listen to what they tell you – about how

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3 Top Tips for Writing Effective Professional Recommendations

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 10, 2012
Ever wonder what to write when someone asks you for a recommendation or reference? Where do you start? Do find an example or do you look at what other people have written? Or maybe you have your own template of how to write recommendations? Or do you just get stuck

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