Last week in school, as a Chair of Governors I was lucky enough to spend some time with Year 6. We’re making closer links with pupil voice and leadership, but in order to do so, we’re building on how they come to understand the school vision and purpose. In terms of our own internal… Continue reading Ability to account for what matters…growing account-ability
I was a Headteacher .. I was a midday manager .. a teaching assistant and a very committed teacher . I also stacked shelves at Wilkos.. and worked in banking.. and in the deep dark past I worked in a greengrocer’s and florist’s . I’m now Boundless- I’m a consultant , a coach and an… Continue reading Ever been asked who you are and answer with what you do? Navigating Boundless horizons.
My foundational purpose as an educator has been ensuring that emotional intelligence( EQ) and emotional literacy is embedded at the heart of everything and leading learning, so that effective cognition is facilitated, thus deep and connected learning develops, and that the whole ethos of a school , or classroom, is focused on balancing secure sense… Continue reading Boundless: Serious not fluffy playful curiosity.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust I spent an Inset day with an inspirational room full of support staff from across a Multi- academy trust. We dug into awareness, purpose and direction and how key learning theories impacted on their broad … Continue reading Opportunity knocks
‘Stories were different though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by torch light beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth,… Continue reading Rock your own story!
At the end of the academic year, many people will be reflecting and considering their hopes for the Summer, and looking to their next steps. As a former Headteacher, I’m only too aware of the transitional feel of the last week of term ( which is this week in Leicestershire). It’s also the 23rd anniversary… Continue reading Embodying the vision
It’s almost a week since the last Northern Rocks conference and I’ve been musing about the effect the day had on me ever since . When I left my Headship I felt like the heart of me had died a little, at times, a lot- there were moments I wondered whether it was even possible… Continue reading Boundless Rocks
I’m engaging in some learning of my own at the moment. I’m at another stage of evolution in this Boundless adventure, and reflecting on some of my amber and red lights, in the words of Matthew McConaughey. It’s taken me back to some words I wrote a little while ago about play… Sometimes, and certainly… Continue reading Playful curiosity….a serious business
I’ve had a roller coaster of a 10 days. Two days before Mothers’ day ( a day I find both challenging and beautiful since I lost Mum and subsequently ,the best friend who used to help me through Mothers’ day following her loss) I received a letter from the NHS summoning me to hospital following… Continue reading A very personal firework
There is a constant voice speaking to me about transformation, about connection and about refueling. My mantra for this year is playful curiosity. To me, this was about growing into my role, about exploration of possibility, but also in terms of the versatility of my leadership journey. I was reminded of my key values, and… Continue reading Playful Curiosity, Boundless Learning