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11 life lessons for students

I wrote the following letter to one of my classes a few years ago. I've removed a few specific comments – feel free to share this with anyone you see fit.Hey guys/gals,You are awesome and I want you to know that. You are a special group and I want to leave you with a few pointers/ideas/life lessons. This is a general list – don't take any of it too...
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How can school leaders look after their wellbeing?

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

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 thou...
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I'm a school governor – and I'm terrified I'm doing a bad job

It was finally happening. It took me a while (two years) to get there, but I now had the bit between my teeth and I was determined to get to the bottom of why disadvantaged pupils weren't making as much progress as their more advantaged peers.I also had some say for once – as a new chair of committee, I could finally make sure issues were properly ...
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What are your hopes for education in 2019?

Our education professionals share their hopes for education in 2019.
The end of a year is a great time for reflection, but it's also a good chance to dream big about what we want for the year ahead (as our trail of fad diets and unread classic books can attest). There are plenty of challenges facing education in 2019 – funding cuts, a new inspection framework and wellbeing will high on many people's lists of concern...
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