Category Archives: NPQSL

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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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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