Central RSA MAT Teaching Learning Model – Autumn 2020
This was an online input on the introduction of a learning cycle for the MAT schools. There was a lot of consultation involving the MAT Schools as it was felt there was a need fo something simple and practical which could be readily adapted for both Primary and Secondary. Before agreeing on the final cycle the various groups refreshed their understanding of the most recent research.
SSAT Annual Conference presentation on Leadership and Decision making in a Pandemic – Autumn 2020
This hour long keynote presentation was done online in the late Autumn of 2020. Entitled Inside Out, Outside In – it was an attempt to leadership behaviours and decision making processes in times of high pressure. We talked about the leadership and wisdom of Jacinda Arden, Marcus Rashford, Professor Aisha Ahmad, Joseph Campbell, David Attenborough and Michelle Obama. We also drew on the decision-making practices of the London Fire Brigade, Royal Army College Sandhurst, the London Air Ambulance, Innocent Drinks and Les Miserables.
Tower Hamlets Primary Head Teachers input on Leadership and Decision making in a Pandemic – Autumn 2020
This presentation was done in the middle of the first lockdown. We discussed how Heads should respond – framing the problem, sharing the problem, managing the problem. Moan up, support down! There is no perfect! Drowning in formation, thirsting for understanding.
Oracy is the low hanging fruit
This is a presentation for Warwickshire Primary Head Teachers looking at Oracy, the implications of tiered thinking, classroom models and the work done by the Central RSA Academies Trust. Displayed here is their adaptation of the Oracy 21 Model. It has an additional component around confidence and the readiness to speak.
Developing your Leadership Team by asking the hard questions
On three occasions during lockdown, I’ve worked with school leadership teams on how best to maintain their own professional development. How do they challenge themselves and be exacting of each other, how might they benchmark against the best, what should be researched, read and considered? My work on high performing organisations points to this model of constructive alignment as a way of ensuring teams stay purposeful.
PIXL Leadership presentations on high performers
In 2019 I led a number of sessions for the PIXL organisation for Head Teachers and Deputy Head Teachers focused on what could be gleaned from the experience of high performing individuals, teams and organisations. Our main focus was on decision-making and the contributory factors which shape those decisions.
Harris Academy, Saint John’s Wood – pupils’ perceptions of learning
In 2018 what had been Quinton Kynaston School became part of the Harris Federation. This followed an adverse Ofsted report and a period of difficulty in the school. going in as part of the follow-up, I observed teachers’ classroom practice and, as part of a developmental process, gave each individual feedback. I also designed and initiated a perceptions inventory for pupils to help staff debate what changes may be necessary across the school. We used this inventory for years 8 and 10. The results were provocative and led to useful debate.
Whole School event on Developing Growth Mindset
I worked with a large school on developing a Growth Mindset at three levels: school, staff and students. The outcomes for the day included an action plan agreed by the staff for taking developments forward. Working in twelve groups of eight staff we generated outcomes on sheets of A2 for each level which were laid out on the floor and collated. Here is the research I collated beforehand, the main resource and a selection of the slides.
World Class Education
Slides from a series of regional seminars in England during 2014 and 2015 I talk about defining World Class, then testing for it, benchmarking against leading thinking around learning, teaching, teacher development and technology.
Association of Medical Educators Europe
This was a one-off presentation of 45 minutes in Prague. It took place in a building which dated back to the Communist years. As I waited behind the curtain to walk on I wondered how many Cold War leaders had stood in the same place nervous before going out to speak to the masses. It was the largest auditorium I had ever been in. The audience the biggest I’d ever spoken to, about 3,000. For the first time I noticed that whenever I put up a slide with an academic reference attached about 200 IPads would go up and pictures would be taken. It was an odd event. The slides are attached. AMEE 2013 (NXPowerLite)
Experts and Novices
Experts and Novices from 2013. A talk given to the March 2013 Conference on the nature of Expertise. There is a substantial and fascinating body of work which rewards the background reading. Worth looking at Gary Klein’s books on Decision making. Here are my slides from the keynote Expert and Novices Berkhampstead 2013