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A guide to evidence based practice: what it is, key reads and why it matters

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I recently joined and met with School and University Research Enquiry (SURE), a research group which has connected several schools in Glasgow with the University of Strathclyde to exchange knowledge and conduct new research. The aim is to promote a more evidence-informed approach to educational decision-making and practice. With this in mind, I tho...
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Internal promotions into school leadership: how to lead those who used to be your colleagues

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Every professional who is new to leadership – or takes up a new leadership role – needs to consider how they develop relationships with those they lead . The same is true if you are promoted internally. There are many benefits and potential drawbacks to being promoted to a leadership position within a school where you are already employed. What is ...
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A beginner’s guide to: Professor Barak Rosenshine

Barak-Rosenshine
Best known for: Iimage source: Baltimore Curriculum Project Rosenshine's research has contributed significantly to understanding the effectiveness of various instructional methods, which culminated in his identification of 10 principles of effective instruction. Quick facts: Born: 1930, Chicago, Illinois Deceased: May 2017, Urbana, Illinois Na...
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Five top tips to help headteachers and governors work effectively together

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​School governance has changed in recent years. Gone are the days of light-touch oversight with a good dose of jolliness; governing boards are now expected to be more business-like rigorous, ensuring that the school fulfils their duty to their students and their budget. Never, then, has it been more important for school leaders and g...
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How can school leaders look after their wellbeing?

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When you have a leadership position within a school, at any level, there are two aspects of wellbeing that need your attention: your own, and that of those you lead. The two are related: if you do not safeguard your own wellbeing, you are less likely to be fully professionally effective, and you are not modelling the approach to wellbeing you want ...
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