Blogs to read as a senior leader in schools

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Blogs I read this week:

Other leadership blogs to read:

Steve Adcock

The specific things that leaders do

Shaun Allison

What remote learning has taught us about: Challenge

Ambition Insitute @Ambition_Inst  


Ruth Ashbee @Ruth_Ashbee

Booklets, Rosenshine, Teach Like A Champion, and Knowledge-Rich Curriculum

Civics and Self: Powerful Knowledge Curriculum in PSHE and Citizenship

Curriculum is for ever – but not how you think

Literacy, Curriculum and Teaching

Rachel Ball @MrsBallAP

Systems not Goals

40 things I feel guilty about

Alex Beachamp @al_beauchamp

Living and learning inside the story: How storytelling can shape curriculum design

Jennifer Barker @Barker_J

What is School Leadership?

Adrian Bethune @AdrianBethune

Prioritising your wellbeing

Jill Berry @jillberry102

Saying Sorry

Simon Botten @Southgloshead

How to get your first job

Strategic Laziness: how rested leaders make better leaders.

Losing my religion

Claire Boyd @ClaireBoyd83

How extending playtime can help children after lockdown

Dwain Brandy @leadingequality

Educational Leadership- A personal journey

David Bull @DanielTBull

The Bond of Colleagues

Andy Byers @Framheadteacher

Catch-Up: Please, for once, trust us to support our own students.

Jo Castelino

Cancelling the noise

Censored Head @CensoredHead

Compassionate Leadership

Catch me if you can!

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Rebuilding Trust

Chartered College @CharteredColl

Curriculum, pedagogy and learning by Nienke Nieveen

Developing an inclusive curriculum; What can we learn from teachers’ inclusive pedagogy?

Daisy Christodoulou @daisychristo

Gary Lineker is not dead and neither is football – yet

Paul Cline @PaulCline_psy

Our CPD journey.

Cornerstones Education @Cornerstonesedu

How to design your curriculum

How to design an outstanding primary art and design curriculum

Resources for your primary curriculum

Christine Counsell

In search of senior curriculum leadership: Introduction – a dangerous absence

Jonathan Coy @headteacherchat

School leadership – four signs you’re ready to join SLT

Ben Crockett @BenCrockett1

‘Britain’s new tennis star and deliberate practice’

Mr Crome @M_Crome

Team Debriefs

Mason Davies @TheGeogTeacher



David Didau @DavidDidau

Five things new school leaders need to know

The Best 3 Sentences in Education

The problem with ...

School rules

Megan Dixon @DamsonEd

Teaching doesn’t need another hero

Dan Edwards @DanEdwards_77

There are stars to spot

Repositioning the doughnuts

It’s a funny old game

David Ellison @d_a_ellison

The (other) C Word

Does One Size Really Fit All?

Endoxa Learning @endoxalearning


Mark Enser @EnserMark  

The illusion of Communication

Zoe Enser

Jugglers, magicians and stand-up comedians

The Elephant in the Room

Matthew Evans @head_teach

Sense and Sense Ability

Leadership is knowledge

Causes work in teams

Getting the measure of a school

Ed Finch

Who Teaches the Boys?

Why the ‘read for pleasure’ curriculum shouldn’t be left to chance by Russell Pearson (@DynamicDeps)

Chris Foley @CSEL_STOC

Ignore the Noise 3 – Apocalypse not? – Leadership

Ignore the Noise – Reflection

Ignore the Noise 2 – Reflection

Blocks of Marble – Teaching

Chief of Staff – Leadership

Pete Foster @pnjfoster

Why is improvement difficult in schools?

Expectations 2: How can we change our expectations?

Beth Greville-Giddings @bethgg

Support the individual and develop the whole

Josh Goodrich @Josh_CPD

Implementing Instructional Coaching: What to think about, and what to avoid.

Jeremy Hannay

Genuine, Deep Well-being: The Medium is the Message

Building a Happy School – PART 1: Marking, Planning & Admin

Sean Harris @SeanHarris_NE

Doorstep Disadvantage: Beyond the Pupil Premium

Nick Hart @MrNickHart

Establishing school values

What does it take for school leaders to learn from other industries?

What leaders need to know about the curriculum

What leaders need to know about impact

Persuading parents – using what we know about school choice

What school leaders need to know about cultural leadership

Leadership handbooks

Motivated Leadership

About CPD

Dr Heery

What goes up, must stay up – the delusion of social mobility

This is the moment…

Kat Howard @SaysMiss

CPD series: diagnosis, treat and return

Difficult conversations are better conversations

CPD series: the leverage of professional discourse

A note on curriculum choices

Improvement is difficult.

Haili Hughes @HughesHaili

Recovery from toxic leadership

Josh Goodrich @Josh_CPD

How can we tailor our instructional coaching approach for both novices and experts?

Towards Responsive Coaching

Coaching and Diagnosis, Pt 1.

Coaching & Diagnosis, Pt 2.

Mr Gordon @MrAWGordon

Quality Assurance

Jo Gray @Jo_c_gray @OneEducation


Ben Levinson OBE @MrLev

Our five top tips for being proactive with mental health 

Maxim Kelly @maximjkelly

How to run a virtual parents evening with zoom...

WHO do make the BEST leaders and why?

10 things I wish I’d known when I became a Headteacher

Shuaib Khan

Not Even Water? Supporting Muslim Staff and Students During Ramadan

Ollie Knight


Nimish Lad @Nlad84

Finding your leadership voice

The difficultly of asking for help

High expectations


Ros McMullen @headsroundtable

HeadsRoundtable Assessment Policy Proposals

Amanda McShane @Headshipjourney

Clear vision

Tara McVey @tara_mcvey

'What are they thinking about?'


Six Minutes

Jonathan Mountstevens @MrMountstevens

A Loss to Know

Reading about Curriculum


Quality Assurance through Lesson Observation

Mary Myatt @MaryMyatt

Thoughts on Assessment

Walking the talk

Leadership of the curriculum

Beautiful Work

Tom Needham @Tom_Needham_

Reading and Writing

Ben Newmark @bennewmark

Don’t call people stupid.

Good news

One Education @OneEducation  


Mrs. P Blog

Deputy Headteacher Interviews & those blue, suede shoes!

Mrs Pearce @PearceMrs

Embedding and evidence-informed culture

Andrew Percival @primarypercival

Confessions of a curriculum leader

Adam Robbins @MrARobbins

What we need to know about cognitive bias

Model thinking in education 1: ‘Success to the successful’ in career progression AKA why are there so many PE teachers in positions of leadership?

Dan Rosen @musingsofadr

Better Questions, Better Evidence

David Rusby @DavidNautilus1

Sports Day


Good Enough for Any SEF

Back to School

'That Mother'

Clare Sealy @ClareSealy


Tom Sherrington @Teacherhead

Planning Professional Learning: One system; three streams.

Time to replace ‘formal observation’ systems with Instructional Coaching for everyone #CPD

Rescuing Differentiation from the Checklist of Bad Practice.

Don’t judge. Just help.

Five Steps Towards an Embedded Coaching and CPD Culture.

Everyday Routines 2

Trust. It’s conditional.

School Development Priorities for 2021-22

Counter-examples in CPD. The power of ‘don’ts’.

The Secret Headteacher @secretHT1

Cracking the Tech Workflow

Ignore the Voice That Screams

Curriculum Team Leader

Expert Teachers 1 – What Teacher Expertise Isn’t

Helen Skelton @DrHSkelton

Does that make sense? Breaking bad habits

Emerging from the shadows

Assessment – what’s the point?

Adam Smith @MrSmithRE  

The case for a national curriculum for RE  

Simon Smith @smithsmm

The Special Relationship #FierceKindness

Beware false prophets, silver bullets and the curse of the FAD  

The Fallacy…

Pointless…Why do we continue to do this to ourselves?

Fee Stagg @dogspaws23

Enunciate darling!

Helen Stevenson @HelenStevenson4

Recruitment is at the heart of safeguarding efforts

Claire Stoneman @stoneman_claire

Curriculum is still hard

School leadership is not like football

On beauty

Thinker, Come Home


School leaders, are you paying attention?

Kyrstie Stubbs

The 3 R’s- refrain, refuse and resist!

Ross McGill @TeacherToolkit

The Cognitive Science of Powerpoint (Pedagogy)

Persistence: Children Learn Less When Adults Take Over

John Tomsett

This much I know about…what it feels like when you are criticised about your remote teaching

This much I know about…where you can find school leadership wisdom in a challenging world

This much I know nothing needs to matter too much

This much I know about…how senior leaders like me are often curriculum chocolate teapots

This much I know about…putting your staff first

Emma Turner FCCT @Emma_Turner75

Curriculum is a knife and fork

The interconnected curriculum

Sam Twiselton OBE @samtwiselton

‘Beyond the curriculum’ – trainee teachers’ models of knowledge

Jonny Uttley

Build Back Bolder: Five Choices All School Leaders Can Make

Josh Vallance @VallanceTeach

Sequencing and coherence: what are we really talking about?


What can businesses do to support employee wellbeing and mental health?  

Ben Whitaker @Itsbenwhitaker

5 Ways to Motivate in Hybrid Learning

Helen Whitty @HelenAWitty

What is inclusion?

Hannah Wilson @Ethical_Leader

Zen Educate @zeneducate

Keeping children safe in education: Updates for September 2021