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 […]

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 […]

The 2015 NI Education Review 

As I get ready for a New Year, I thought I’d reflect on 2015. 2015 in some ways will be remembered as the year of hard knocks. Tough decisions were taken by DE due to belt tightening at the Department of Finance. At the beginning of April, the new Education Authority was born. The EA […]