leadership

Why NOW is the time to re-shape education!

Education, Job Market, leadership, Life Skills, motivation, teaching

Since the government announced that this year’s A Level and GCSE exams will once again be scrapped I have heard numerous comments from students and staff along these lines… “Well what’s the point in the rest of the year’s lessons…

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Which is most important? Character or Competence

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, motivation, staff wellbeing, team building

(Or why 74 million Americans voted for Trump) Character or competence? I wonder what your instinctive reaction is… “Depends on the context” you might say? In a friend? In a teacher/ mentor? In a boss? In a political leader? Of…

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A Crisis of Hope: How Covid is affecting mental health in schools.

Education, leadership, mental health, motivation, staff wellbeing, teaching

Recent surveys have shown that: two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. young people are more likely to have experienced poor mental health during lockdown than adults.[i] more than 50% of teachers report…

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Letter to my Daughter starting University

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, Life Skills, mental health, motivation

Dear Amy-Beth   It feels crazy that you are leaving for university so soon after being born! The past 18 years have been amazing but they have flown by far too quickly. I worry that I have not told you…

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#doingschooldifferently

Education, leadership, staff wellbeing, teaching

I will add to this blog on a regular basis over the next few weeks. I will be tweeting my additions at @PRadfordSpeaker on Twitter. Please follow me there:  but I will also keep adding them here so that it’s…

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What COVID-19 is teaching us about Capitalism

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, motivation, staff wellbeing, team building, Uncategorised

‘Greed is good,’ stated Gordon Gecko in the film Wall St. He was describing an ideology that has long been held to be both obvious and essential to human and economic development – namely the ‘trickle down’ effect. Adam Smith’s…

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Why ‘good’ is better than ‘perfect’

leadership, Life Skills, mental health, motivation, staff wellbeing

“Nobody’s perfect.” This is a fairly universally held assertion. But I think it’s wrong. Not because some people are in fact perfect but more because everyone is. The statement includes an assumption: that there is such a thing as perfect;…

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The secret to understanding people!

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, motivation, staff wellbeing, teaching, team building

All behaviour is communication. I came across this statement whilst assessing a special school for Unicef’s Rights Respecting School Award. Mountjoy School in Dorset caters for children aged 4-18 with severe learning difficulties. Many children there are unable to communicate verbally,…

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36 suggestions to transform the teaching profession!

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, mental health, motivation, staff wellbeing, teaching, team building

These 36 suggestions have come out of lots of years working in and with schools. The teaching profession is haemorrhaging teachers at an unprecedented rate: 20% plan to leave in the next two years, 40% in the next five years! Lots…

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Finding your Purpose

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, Life Coaching, motivation, team building

Many businesses have a purpose statement of some kind but for many it is little more than words on a website. The principle is very simple – in order to score you need to be clear what you’re aiming at!…

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