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  • World Wellbeing Week

    World Wellbeing Week “Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many […]

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  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Awareness Week has soon come around, but rather than feeling routine , it feels particularly timely this year, as I know lots of  people are really finding things tough at the moment. Many are dealing with the crushing sense of isolation of being at home on their own, others […]

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  • The Conversation

    The Conversation I write this, as primary school leaders across England are grappling with how on earth they are going open their doors to their youngest and oldest children on June 1st, and do it in a way that is safe for pupils and staff alike. As a former headteacher of fifteen years experience, I […]

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  • An introduction to ‘Riding The Waves.’

    An introduction to ‘Riding The Waves.’ In the Autumn of 2018, two particularly exciting things happened to me; both book related. (Perhaps I should get out more but that’s a little tricky at the moment!) Firstly, Bloomsbury published my second book, Ten Traits of Resilience (thrilling in itself) but right up there with this, was […]

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  • Wellbeing – It’s all about remembering our “why”

    On Wednesday 18th March, I took my Golden Retriever, Eddie out for a walk. Nothing unusual in that, I do it every day. On this particular day I was nearing home when I found myself talking to Steve a neighbour from the bottom of his drive. Steve used to be my bank manager in the […]

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  • Stress Awareness Month

    Stress, Pressure and Self-care I spent over a quarter of a century in teaching. (I think I have aged, just typing that sentence!) For the most part I found it enjoyable and rewarding but there were certainly times when I was very anxious and stressed. When I run workshops on stress and resilience, I often […]

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  • Feeling Powerlesss?

    We are living in strange and scary times (in case you haven’t noticed!). The two words I keep hearing, and indeed saying, are ‘surreal’ and ‘powerless’. Powerless in the sense of ‘What difference does it make, what I do, when we are faced with a global pandemic? I am only one person.’ It reminded of […]

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  • Courageous Leadership

    Courageous Leadership I suspect that if you asked many people to summon up an image of someone who is courageous, you would get a wide variety of answers. Great wartime leaders perhaps or soldiers who risked all on the battlefield to save a wounded comrade. Perhaps some people may bring to mind a great athlete, […]

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  • Resilient Leadership: Part 3 Trust

    Resilient Leaders are trusting leaders. Trust can be defined as an expectation or belief that you can rely on somebody else’s actions and not just their words. You believe that person has the good intentions to carry out any undertakings or promises. When you look at it like that, it is difficult to imagine how […]

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  • Resilient Leadership: Part 2 Optimism

    Resilient Leadership: Optimism Resilient leaders are optimists at heart. In over twenty-five years of teaching, I was lucky enough to work for some truly inspirational school leaders and whilst they were all very different people, who brought their own distinct personalities to the role, they shared a common trait: optimism. I never worked for anyone […]

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