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Other leadership blogs to read:
Steve Adcock
The specific things that leaders do
Shaun Allison
What remote learning has taught us about: Challenge
Ambition Institute @Ambition_Inst  
TEN THINGS WE LEARNED FROM EARLY CAREER TEACHERS
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
‘Curriculums are not what we put in our plans but what resides in our pupils’ minds’ D. Hibbert (HA Conference 2022)
Poor proxies for learning
Look up, not down
The right lighting
The Culture Code and I noticed
Jennifer Barker @Barker_J
What is School Leadership?
The Expert Edit: Building School Culture by Jennifer Barker
Adrian Bethune @AdrianBethune
Prioritising your wellbeing
Happiness is the meaning of... school
Jill Berry @jillberry102
Saying Sorry
Leadership and well-being
Simon Botten @Southgloshead
How to get your first job
Strategic Laziness: how rested leaders make better leaders.
Losing my religion
ARE WE MAKING OUR CHILDREN TOO FRAGILE?
WHY DOES YOUR SCHOOL EXIST?
Dwain Brandy @leadingequality
Educational Leadership- A personal journey
David Bull @DanielTBull
The Bond of Colleagues
Censored Head @CensoredHead
Show me the Money
Leadership crisis?
Fairer Funding - Farcical Funding more like!
Compassionate Leadership
Catch me if you can!
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Rebuilding Trust
Meet me at the crossroads
Chartered College @CharteredColl
Curriculum, pedagogy and learning by Nienke Nieveen
Developing an inclusive curriculum; What can we learn from teachers’ inclusive pedagogy?
Paul Cline @PaulCline_psy
Our CPD journey.
Developing performance, not managing it
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
6 ways to start your coaching journey
Thriving Teams #1: What is a team?
Thriving Teams #2: Purpose and Goals
Thriving Teams #3: Psychological Safety
Thriving Teams #4: Team Debriefs
Stepping Into The Map
Thriving Teams #5: Team Communication
Thriving Teams #6: The FA/UEFA Pro Licence and High-Performing Teams
Thriving Teams #7: Team Conflict
Thriving Teams #8: Team Diversity
Thriving Teams #9: Team Mental Models
Mason Davies @TheGeogTeacher
A WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH TO EMBEDDING INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING, DELIBERATE PRACTICE & EFFECTIVE HABIT FORMATION: THE JOURNEY SO FAR
A CURRICULUM FOR THE CURRICULUM: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR AN EFFECTIVE AND CONTINUOUS SUBJECT LED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT MODEL
IMPROVING TEACHING & LEARNING
IMPROVING TEACHING & LEARNING – STEP 2: BUILD AND IMPLEMENT A CPD CURRICULUM THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR CONTEXT
David Didau @DavidDidau
Five things new school leaders need to know
The Best 3 Sentences in Education
The problem with ...
School rules
Dan Edwards @DanEdwards_77
The Captain's apprentice
Now is the time to sow
There are stars to spot
Acknowledging the empty cup
Fail we may, sail we must
It’s a funny old game
Matthew Evans @head_teach
Sense and Sense Ability
Leadership is knowledge
Could do better: raising the bar for school improvement
Causes work in teams
Getting the measure of a school
Expert memories
Every conversation is an opportunity to find out we’re wrong
Change one thing, change everything
The case of the disappearing headteacher
Influence
Welcome to the team!
Is this the best bet for improving educational leadership?
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
The Other Phone Call – Leadership
Blocks of Marble – Teaching
Culture Makers -Leadership
Kobayashi Miru – Leadership
Do Your Job – Leadership
Trapped in the Fog -Leadership
Pete Foster @pnjfoster
Why is improvement difficult in schools?
Improvement is difficult. What can we do about it?
Expectations 2: How can we change our expectations?
If nobody speaks of remarkable schools…
Beth Greville-Giddings @bethgg
Support the individual and develop the whole
Rethinking CPD Evaluation
Josh Goodrich @Josh_CPD
Implementing Instructional Coaching: What to think about, and what to avoid.
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.
Jeremy Hannay
Genuine, Deep Well-being: The Medium is the Message
Building a Happy School – PART 1: Marking, Planning & Admin
Thoughts on Purpose
The Elephant in the Room
Sean Harris @SeanHarris_NE
Doorstep Disadvantage: Beyond the Pupil Premium
Nick Hart @MrNickHart
ResearchED 2022 | Organising our leadership knowledge and using it to make a difference
A mastery approach | Drivers and barriers
Belonging | The root of wellbeing and mental health
Belonging cues before job descriptions | Inducting new colleagues
Persuading parents – using what we know about school choice
Team meetings | A driver of school improvement
Leadership handbook 3.0
What makes great teaching? Beyond a list of strategies…
Nine lies about school #5 | People need feedback
Nine lies about school #1 | People care about which school they work for
Establishing effective curriculum leadership
Acting in emotionally appropriate ways
The challenge of school leadership: complexity and context
Dr Heery
What goes up, must stay up – the delusion of social mobility
This is the moment…
Kat Howard @SaysMiss
Leadership | Professional development, implementation and asking better questions
Professional Development | Abstract Thoughts and Alienation
Leadership | Beware the Promise of Perfection
Implementation | The Lure of Doing
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.
Mr Gordon @MrAWGordon
Quality Assurance
Developing Staff: School CPD Model 2022-23 (Part Three)
Quality Assurance Part Two – Curriculum Review
The challenges of… gaining buy-in (and some potential solutions)
A whole school framework for Teaching and Learning: Why, What and How
Jo Gray @Jo_c_gray @OneEducation
THE POWER OF EDUCATION
Ben Levinson OBE @MrLev
Our five top tips for being proactive with mental health 
Maxim Kelly @maximjkelly
Jess Glynne is right: We’re ready for this. Teachers, summer holidays and a new school year with BIG challenges ahead!
Should Headteachers Have Taught in Every Key Stage?
Boost Your “Energy For Leadership” With These Super Simple Steps
Premier League Managers vs Headteachers – Do YOU Recognise Any of These Leaders in YOUR School?
Captain Picard vs Headteachers – Resistance to Leadership Is Futile
10 things I wish I’d known when I became a Headteacher
The Tell-Tale Signs of SUCCESS: 5 Things NO-ONE Will Tell You About Your FIRST Headship
Ollie Knight
THE CUMULATIVE RADICALISATION OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP.
Nimish Lad @Nlad84
Finding your leadership voice
The difficultly of asking for help
High expectations
Trust
Amanda McShane @Headshipjourney
Clear vision
Tara McVey @tara_mcvey
'What are they thinking about?'
@MBDscience
Six Minutes
Jonathan Mountstevens @MrMountstevens
A Loss to Know
Reading about Curriculum
Carrots
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
Mrs. P Blog
Deputy Headteacher Interviews & those blue, suede shoes!
Mrs Pearce @PearceMrs
Embedding and evidence-informed culture
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
Poor Proxies for Promotion
Autonomy vs Time; a motivational conundrum
Supportive, restrictive, insufficient or self-defeating? The reality of email bans
Potential Proxies for Promotion
Following Our Own Advice
Learning Communities
David Rushby @DavidNautilus1
Sports Day
Cloughie
Good Enough for Any SEF
Back to School
'That Mother'
The Staff Meeting
The Best CPD
Clare Sealy @ClareSealy
HOW TO SPEAK TRUTHFULLY ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN: A USER’S HANDBOOK.
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’.
Team Meetings as Team Coaching. A pragmatic, effective solution for sustained CPD.
The Secret Headteacher @secretHT1
Cracking the Tech Workflow
Here’s Why It Matters
A Defence of the Profession
To School Staff Everywhere…
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
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?
Claire Stoneman @stoneman_claire
The leadership illusion
Curriculum is still hard
School leadership is not like football
On beauty
Thinker, Come Home
Faith
Great Expectations: growing up Pupil Premium
On cultural capital
On love
School leaders, are you paying attention?
Warmth
Knowing more, thinking more
Kyrstie Stubbs
The 3 R’s- refrain, refuse and resist!
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 about...how 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
No More Plimsolls
The interconnected curriculum
Jonny Uttley
Build Back Bolder: Five Choices All School Leaders Can Make