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Book Review: Ten Traits of Resilience by James Hilton

  James Hilton‘s new book takes a look at resilience and how school leaders can build theirs. It is built around James’s own personal experience, not only of a breakdown in his own resilience but also in the many successful years he spent in primary school leadership.  It is peppered with personal anecdotes and vignettes […]

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Book Review: Wholesome Leadership by Tom Rees

As a primary teacher, it’s a treat to read a leadership book aimed at primary leaders (although much of this book would resonate with early years, secondary and FE leaders too). The book itself, after the introductory chapters, focuses on four areas, laid out on the cover; the heart, head, hands and health of school […]

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Education for the Soul Conference Giveaway

We are delighted to have partnered with @VivGrant and @Edu4TheSoul to offer a special hamper of resources, books and prizes for teachers and school leaders – this time to mark the upcoming “Education for the Soul” Conference that will take place in Euston on 18th October. This fantastic prize bundle includes: A pack of Strength cards from […]

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How to reduce stress through good communication

A guest blog by Karen Dempster, Co-Founder of Fit2Communicate. Fit2Communicate comprises Justin Robbins and Karen Dempster who are communication professionals, Fellows of the Institute of Internal Communication, and parents of school aged children. They founded Fit2Communicate in 2014 to raise the standard of communication in all schools by harnessing the power of communication between the […]

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What Depression Taught Me

A guest post from @ELTbyLina In December 2015, I was diagnosed with emotional burnout / mild depression. My existence was almost unbearable (no matter how trivial it may sound). I was crying 24/7; I felt miserable and hated myself for being weak and pathetic. Life was extremely painful. Everything was painful. Waking up, blinking, breathing. I […]

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What is Supervision?

Lisa Lea-Weston of Talking Heads, Oak Practice explains her role and how it benefits schools. What is supervision? Supervision is standard practice in professions such as social work and psychotherapy/psychology; recently it is gaining more traction in educational settings. So what exactly is it, and how could it benefit you and your school? Supervision is […]

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It is never too late to be what you might have been

A guest post by @LEAGarner_ “Today is the day, the day I’m going to make everything right”.  Of course, I didn’t say this, but these were the words I wanted to say. In fact, I wanted to climb on top of my desk and shout them out loud. But I didn’t. I just listened intently to the tapping […]

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Book Review: Positive Mental Health: A Whole School Approach

Positive Mental Health: A Whole School Approach by  Jonathan Glazzard and Rachel Bostwick.  Publisher; Critical Publishing Ltd 10% of children have a diagnosable mental health issue. Let that sink in for a minute. 10%. Here’s another static to give you pause; 75% of all mental health illness begins before the age of 18. These two sobering […]

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Perspective – what you see, depends on how you look

A guest post by  @AdrianBethune ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’, once wrote Shakespeare. He’d clearly never taught PE during his NQT year, to a bunch of Year 2s, during an observation, where two children had to be carted off with head injuries (true story). That was completely and […]