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 […]

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 […]

The Balcony View of School Leadership… Get off the dance floor

    The Balcony View is not a new concept in leadership. It is well documented that the balcony allows leaders to observe and take a strategic overview of what is going on.  The work of Heifetz. R and Linksy. M in their book Leadership on the Line encourage leaders to get on the balcony and […]

366 days..the leap of leadership and jelly baby moments

   On the first of March, I have been the principal of my new school for one year. Moving from leadership in the voluntary grammar sector into the controlled sector has been a huge leap. I pride myself in the experience that I have acquired in leadership through a number of previous jobs but I don’t […]