This book, as part of the Bloomsbury CPD library, is a fantastic read and one that all aspiring and experienced leaders of educational establishments should have on their shelves.
The book is split in to useful stages (Stage 1: Are you ready for leadership? All the way through to Stage 5: Enjoying Senior Leadership) These stages make it incredibly easy to navigate and find what is of interest. It is for this reason that I will be coming back to the book again and again. The book is packed full of interesting and useful information for those in Senior management teams in a school. There are practical hints and tips for what to do before even starting your leadership position, then several chapters on worthwhile topics such as difficult conversations or leading improvements.
Each section is neatly summed up with to do lists, reading material (including blog recommendations) and key takeaway messages.
This book addresses the challenges present when making the shift between being a high quality classroom teacher, to managing staff rather than children.
Tait also includes a full set of helpful, ready to use training plans for 20 hours of CPD sessions to use within your school and senior leadership team. All handouts and presentations are available as a free download from the companion website.
It really does offer an awful lot and I would recommend it to anyone who is in a senior leadership post in a school or is considering making the move in to leadership soon. The book is interesting to read and captures the essence of leadership in a school. It felt like having an friendly experienced mentor with me the whole time I was reading it.
We Recommend this fantastic website for helping teaching a range of Literacy outcomes. Pobble 365 offers up a new and interesting picture every day (hence the 365), with accompanying story starter, questions and more. I use this as children are coming in to the class as a nice starter, but it could easily be a whole lesson. You can also go back through the calendar to see previous pictures if you don’t like the photo of the day.
This is a great tool for playing about with websites. Designed to be used on desktop, rather than tablet, this tool allows you to remix any websites on the internet. Change pictures, text, headlines etc then publish and see what happens. No coding experience is needed and the tool is very straightforward to use. This is a nice insight into websites though as all the code becomes visible too. You have to ‘install’ it on your bookmark bar but this tool all of 10 seconds, and I had edited the headlines on BBC news after 1 minute. Very straightforward.
I am sure this book won’t be new to many teachers. It seems to have captured the attention of all teachers and schools across the country. I was already convinced I was going to love the book before I started as I was a keen listener of the Pivotal Podcast and agree with a lot of what is said here. The book did not disappoint.
The main idea behind the book, and the theme that runs throughout, is that the only thing we have complete control over in a school is our own behaviour and reactions to things. The children we are teaching are still learning how to behave, many of them have experienced trauma and multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences, therefore it is wrong and unfair of us to expect everyone to behave impeccably all the time. We also have to co sided the value of the way we react when things don’t go right, and the book strongly claims that punitive, harsh measures is not the answer (here, here Paul Dix!).
The book is filled with practical advice and tips for alternative behaviours for Adults. Simple things like caring about the children, recognising positive behaviour first and sending positive messages home all make perfect sense. The book is worth it for these practical tips alone. But these really are not anything new or groundbreaking. Essentially it boils down to creating a culture of kindness. A relentless, unwavering, unconditional positive regard. How fantastic!
The book is excellent. Well written, funny and useful. What more could you want? For me the real excitement comes from how popular these ideas are becoming. Hopefully this wave of kindness across the country will eradicate adults making children feel like they are somewhat less of a human being because they are younger. This book and the ideas within celebrate children as people in their own right, and I couldn’t agree with the sentiment more.
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