Running the Room, by Tom Bennett

Why I read it: I’ve been in pastoral roles for six years now, and as I said when I reviewed ‘Beyond Wiping Noses’, I felt that I’d always acted on instinct. I engage with research and many voices when it comes to curriculum and pedagogy, but hadn’t necessarily had access to an evidence base orContinue reading “Running the Room, by Tom Bennett”

Wednesday’s Wisdom #3: Building Belonging

You never quite know where your values and traits originate, or how they evolve over time. Nature vs nurture. Life experiences. Social norms. It seems impossible to attribute our sense of self with clarity. I was adopted as a baby, and welcomed into a loving home, but I’ve always wondered about the possible effects: howContinue reading “Wednesday’s Wisdom #3: Building Belonging”

Education Exposed 2, by Samuel Strickland

Why I read it  I read the first Education Exposed book by Sam Strickland, and it resonated with me for being sensible, considered, and full of wisdom and integrity. I reflected on it here. When I heard there was a sequel, I was pleased – but would it be Terminator 2 or Speed 2? InContinue reading “Education Exposed 2, by Samuel Strickland”

Positive Psychology in a Nutshell, by Ilona Boniwell

Why I read it  My aim this year (and beyond) is to broaden my reading and to plough energy into what I can do as a person and leader to better understand what motivates people and helps them to thrive. Everything is on the table, and when I saw this book was recommended by someContinue reading “Positive Psychology in a Nutshell, by Ilona Boniwell”

Wednesday’s Wisdom #2: Expertise

Wednesday’s Wisdom is a weekly blog post about learning and leading, using the half-way point to assess what has come before, and to reflect on what to pursue and improve. It whirs noisily all day, but never springs into life. My boiler, that is. It has malfunctioned again, an annual tradition that mocks the combinationContinue reading “Wednesday’s Wisdom #2: Expertise”

Endure, by Alex Hutchinson

Why I read it – as an amateur runner, I’ve always been intrigued to understand more about the relationship between my body and mind. Some runs I glide, sometimes I trudge in treacle. Is that physiological or psychological? I can’t get under 20 minutes for my 5k personal best – is that a fitness issue, orContinue reading “Endure, by Alex Hutchinson”

No Rules Rules, by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

Why I read it: Aside from my Netflix addiction (closing in on 10 years now, reader), I’ve been fascinated by the platform’s business model and inner workings. Directors and producers have often commented on the freedom they have to create high-quality content with Netflix, who aren’t chasing traditional ‘ratings’ but are looking to innovate andContinue reading “No Rules Rules, by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer”

Wednesday’s Wisdom #1: Mentors

Wednesday’s Wisdom is a weekly blog post about learning and leading. Like our own development journey, Wednesdays are an opportunity to assess what has come before, and to reflect on what to pursue and improve. Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker was hit by a classic pincer movement of contrasting styles. While Obi Wan Kenobi effused aContinue reading “Wednesday’s Wisdom #1: Mentors”

Beyond Wiping Noses, by Stephen Lane

Why I read it – I’ve been a Head of Year, Head of Sixth Form, and now lead the pastoral teams at my school as a Deputy Headteacher. As a Head of Year, I felt that I was good at the role: I built productive relationships with students and parents, was reliable for staff, and wasContinue reading “Beyond Wiping Noses, by Stephen Lane”

Wisdom Digest #1 February 2021

After one month and sixteen book reflections, my head is swarming with anecdotes, studies, and feelings that I’ve experienced from a range of inspirational writers. It is worth noting that, of the sixteen books, only three were new to me this month, while the others were previous favourites with historical phone notes that illuminated myContinue reading “Wisdom Digest #1 February 2021”

Teacher Wellbeing and Self-Care, by Adrian Bethune and Dr Emma Kell

Why I read it – as I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I embarked on a staff wellbeing project in 2019, and set out to read as many books and pieces of academic research as possible to understand the ‘why’ behind our feelings at work. Soon after engaging with wellbeing, I came across Adrian Bethune andContinue reading “Teacher Wellbeing and Self-Care, by Adrian Bethune and Dr Emma Kell”

The Gift, by Dr Edith Eger

Why I read it I recently heard Dr Eger speak on the Dr Chatterjee podcast. She was wise, warm, reflective, and profound. An Auschwitz survivor, who went on to become a doctor of clinical psychology, Eger has used her experiences to help shape the lives of others, and, upon hearing her voice, I could feelContinue reading “The Gift, by Dr Edith Eger”

Education Exposed, by Samuel Strickland

Why I read it – I’d seen a couple of talks by Sam Strickland, and follow him on Twitter, where he voices his views about school culture with clarity. I initially pegged him as ‘no nonsense’ – a Headteacher with high expectations of students’ behaviour, attitude and respect; given that I worked in a school withContinue reading “Education Exposed, by Samuel Strickland”

The Biggest Bluff, by Maria Konnikova

Why I read it I’ve been following Konnikova on Twitter for a while, and last year I noticed that Sam Freedman (yes, you should follow him too), had recommended her latest book, The Biggest Bluff. Having seen her speak a few times on the circuit, I knew she’d write with fluency, flair, intelligence and humour,Continue reading “The Biggest Bluff, by Maria Konnikova”

Legacy, by James Kerr

Why I read it – six years ago, I was preparing to move on from a position I loved, Head of English, to the much-feared Head of Year role (there was nothing to worry about, it was a brilliant job!). I made it my mission to practise my public speaking, sharpen up my knowledge of theContinue reading “Legacy, by James Kerr”