Using a coaching approach in leadership

When it comes to having even the shortest conversation, adopting a coaching approach can make a real difference to the effectiveness of the outcomes you achieve.  Having a good structure for the conversation is an important starting point.  There are lots of models out there, none more well known than John Whitmore’s excellent GROW model.  […]

Making the most of meetings

Whatever your leadership role, the time you spend together with colleagues is precious and usually quite limited.  But it has the potential to both support the effective working of a team or, if badly handled, to actually have the reverse effect!  In thinking about meetings, it’s just as important to remind yourself that often what […]

An inspector calls…

In most school settings there will be a time where someone will come in from outside to judge the quality of the educational experience you are offering and the progress your pupils are making as a result.  If these reviews or inspections are to go well, there needs to be a joined-up view of your […]

Managing change for impact

At its heart, the role of any leader is all about making change happen, not just for a while but for the long term. Whether that be improving the performance of a colleague in a particular area of practice, or designing and implementing a new policy or curriculum, the key to the success of any […]

Harnessing the power of incremental coaching

In the last few years I have become increasingly convinced that a powerful way to support teachers’ development and improve the quality of teaching is to use regular coaching. I first came across this approach in Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s excellent Leverage Leadership. He uses the term instructional coaching to describe the process. For a UK context […]

So what makes great leadership development?

In 2016, the expert group looking at teacher professional development published its findings in the form of the highly respected DfE standards for CPD. This got me thinking about what a similar summary might look like for effective leadership development. So here is my first attempt at a top ten. Leadership development should: be rooted […]