School Mental Health Award

Yesterday, my school received the Gold award for our work in Mental Health from Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie Centre of Excellence. Schools interested in gaining the recognition for your school should contact schoolmh@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or seek further information from their website Improve self-confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence for pupils and staff in your school The Department […]

Well-Being for Teachers

We need to learn to focus on ourselves before focusing on the needs of our pupils. Teaching is demanding. Everyday we need to present the best version of ourselves to ensure we get the best from our pupils. The biggest mistake many of us make is to think that school won’t survive without us… so […]

A fresh approach to CPD

In June 2019, we hope to launch a new e-learning website to support schools with all aspects of school improvement. We feel that many Northern Ireland Schools are adding to administrate tasks of staff by making them start policies, job descriptions, action plans and other needed documents from scratch. Whilst every download may not fit […]

World Teachers’ Day 2016…Special Offer from The Galgorm Resort and Spa

If you read my last post you will know that tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day. I was delighted that the lovely people at the Galgorm got in touch and provided us all with one of their wonderful offers to relax and de-stress World Teachers Day Offer: Choice of 25 minute Treatment Thermal Village Experience Refreshments including […]

World Teachers’ Day 2016…valuing teachers, Improving their status.

On the 5 October I will celebrate alongside my colleagues “World Teachers’ Day”.   I really value my staff. I respect that many of them go above and beyond the call of duty. I try my best to promote health and well-being by offering the flu jab, cooking the staff breakfast, running staff competitions, providing […]

The Shazam Style of School Leadership

Have you ever heard a speaker, wrote something down and implemented the suggested practice? You have? You are an educational shazamer! Shazam is a well known music app. It is widely used to find the names of songs and artists. For my talk for @EduFestNI. I decided that I would use this concept of Shazam to […]

A lesson from the Euros…Dare To Dream… effort+belief=success

Since the 10 June, I have been enjoying every ounce of the Northern Ireland #daretodream hashtag as a school leader.    Since the Euros started our pupils have enjoyed a range of activities. They have been busy designing new football kits and writing letters of advice to the manager Michael O’Neill. We enjoyed a Northern […]