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About richmiller66

My name is Richard Miller. I am currently Director of Learning and Head of History at a secondary school in Suffolk, UK. I teach history, politics and geography to pupils aged 11-18. I am particularly interested in teaching more able pupils and looking for innovative and creative approaches to learning and teaching. Having recently started studying for the NPQSL I'm using the blog as my reflective journal - the views I share are 'work in progress'!

Embrace Mistakes and Celebrate Success

  I’ve pretty much failed at everything I’ve ever tried at least once and in some cases multiple times. Academically I wouldn’t have been identified as a more able pupil when I was at school and university; I learned to … Continue reading

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Mind the gap!

That there are strong practical and moral arguments for addressing gaps in educational attainment is easy to accept. In ‘The Light is Worth the Candle’ Professor Denis Mongon writes that closing these gaps “is a contribution to three distinct though overlapping ambitions that … Continue reading

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A House Divided

I didn’t share any thoughts pre-referendum but my voting intention was clear. In the days following the vote for ‘Brexit’ there have been thousands of articles written, millions of tweets posted and hours of TV/radio programmes all reflecting on what’s happened … Continue reading

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‘The People Have Spoken’

It’s easy to appreciate the strength of feeling on both sides of the EU referendum. After all this is, in a way, much more important than any General Election. It’s an issue that will affect our lives not just for the next … Continue reading

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Surfing, sinking and swimming

Perhaps the mark of a great leader is that when they’re around you know they’re on their game 100% and when they’re not it still feels as if they were. Continue reading

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Managing Change and Overcoming Resistance

Schermerhorn et al (2005) suggest eight reasons that people may have for resisting change: fear of the unknown lack of good information fear of loss of security no reasons to change fear of loss of power lack of resources bad timing … Continue reading

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Finding Flow – What is Flow and how do you achieve it as a senior leader?

The materials included in the section draw on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and I was immediately drawn to them as I was at least familiar with the idea. I first came across the concept of flow whilst participating in adventure sports … Continue reading

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Impact, Influence and Self Awareness

We’re always explaining to pupils that  they need to be good listeners but do we always model that good behaviour ourselves? Although we all like to think we’re good at listening to other people it’s interesting how sometimes other people don’t … Continue reading

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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

I’ve just started on the NPQSL with Leadership East . The programme is licensed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and involves a 12-18 month school improvement task based on action research with the central component lasting at least two terms. There are 3 learning … Continue reading

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Starting the new term – connecting the learning

Three and a bit weeks into the new term and having ‘changed up through the gears’ I’m back into the swing of things again; seen all my classes, starting to match names to faces and just about got my head round … Continue reading

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