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Book Reflection: 3 things I’ve learnt from “Leadership” by Stephen Tierney

“Leadership: Being, Knowing, Doing” is the product of many years of headship, which Stephen Tierney has distilled into a set of guiding principles (Ways of Being, Ways of Knowing, and Ways of Doing). At once richly thoughtful and informed by practical, real-world examples, this book is an interesting read for aspiring and experienced leaders. HereContinue reading “Book Reflection: 3 things I’ve learnt from “Leadership” by Stephen Tierney”

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Book Reflection: 5 things I’ve learned from “Why Don’t Students Like School?”

Daniel Willingham’s seminal book, Why Don’t Students Like School?, is a foundational text for modern pedagogy. This introduction to cognitive science for the classroom is at once robustly-researched, thought-provoking, and unerringly practical. Yet, how many of us who diligently read this book as trainee teachers have returned to it later on in our careers? PickingContinue reading “Book Reflection: 5 things I’ve learned from “Why Don’t Students Like School?””

Book Review: 4 things I’ve learnt from “10% Braver” (edited by Vivienne Porritt and Keziah Featherstone)

Maya Angelou famously wrote that “every woman who stands up for themselves stands up for all women”. The simplicity and logic of this statement reverberates through the pages of 10% Braver, which is an inspirational and challenging collection of essays on the topic of gender issues in educational leadership. In some ways, the collection isContinue reading “Book Review: 4 things I’ve learnt from “10% Braver” (edited by Vivienne Porritt and Keziah Featherstone)”

Book Review: 10 Things I’ve Learned About Coaching

Although I have had an awareness of coaching in education for a while, the first time I considered it in any depth was through reading for a National College of Education course. Since then I have been exploring coaching as a way of enhancing everyday conversations, as well as being part of a more formalContinue reading “Book Review: 10 Things I’ve Learned About Coaching”

Book Review: 3 things I’ve learned from “You Can’t Revise for A-Level English Literature” by Mark Roberts

This new guide to revision focusses on helping students maximise their potential and their time, as well as showing them how to stretch themselves and achieve success in A Level English Literature. Roberts’ practical strategies are presented in an accessible, concise format, making this volume useful for both students and teachers alike, and it wouldContinue reading “Book Review: 3 things I’ve learned from “You Can’t Revise for A-Level English Literature” by Mark Roberts”

Book Review: 5 things I’ve learned from ‘Difficult Women’ by Helen Lewis

A couple of months ago a student lent me this book, perhaps in response to my lamentations that I can never immerse myself in a non-fiction text in the same way as I can when reading a piece of fiction. My student made the right choice – by the time I was a few pagesContinue reading “Book Review: 5 things I’ve learned from ‘Difficult Women’ by Helen Lewis”