Coaching Leadership: A powerful approach to leadership development and organisational change (Part 1)

Coaching Leadership: A powerful approach to leadership development and organisational change (Part 1)

COACHING LEADERSHIP is a hugely powerful approach to the growth and development of leaders and to transforming your school/organisation. In this article, Lesley Murrihy shares the outcomes of a two year Coaching Leadership project at Amesbury School. Her final statement says it all: “I am simply overwhelmed by the growth and development I see in the people around me. How did they get to be so wise?”

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Missing in Action: The Spiritual Dimension in Teaching

Missing in Action: The Spiritual Dimension in Teaching

In this article I make plea to embrace the spiritual dimension of the world as an integral, essential aspect of what it means to be a teacher and a student. If we don’t, we will, in spite of all our efforts, fall short of the educational task of arousing, through our teacherly gestures and the development of the  (uncertain) knowledge that gestures make possible, the desire in our students for wanting to exist in and with the world in a grown-up way, as subject….

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The Heart of Teaching

The Heart of Teaching

Teaching from the heart is a risky proposition. It exposes your vulnerabilities, as good teachers “must stand where personal and public meet” (Palmer, 1998. Chapter 1: The Heart of a Teacher). It is hard to quantify and understand, and harder still to evaluate and assess.  How do you bring your whole self to the classroom? How do you talk with other teachers about your heart, your inner life? In this article Urs Cunningham begins to explore the concept of heart in teaching, and looks at what makes a great teacher.

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All MLEs are not the same: Towards a "high level" definition

All MLEs are not the same: Towards a "high level" definition

“We cannot go on running schools as though the “other” does not exist or does not matter. To say students should learn in a particular way because this way we might get the best overall outcomes, ignores the “other” for whom this does not work as well.” In this article, Lesley Murrihy explores her understanding of MLE and why these environments might not all be the same.

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Let’s stop sawing sawdust: Conversations in education that build

Let’s stop sawing sawdust: Conversations in education that build

It is time for those of us in education to stop simply commenting and to start creating proposals, to test models and to look to hybrid solutions that take account of the complex nature of the 21st century and of education and create positive sum outcomes.  Let's not be like all the king's horses and all the king's men. Let's stop sawing sawdust. 

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Equity-mindedness: challenging the “land of inequality, disadvantage and marginalisation”

Equity-mindedness: challenging the “land of inequality, disadvantage and marginalisation”

I published an article recently – Personalising learning: A wicked challenge! As I read some of the comments, I realised that people did not see “Personalising Learning” through the rich lens of a humanising education as I did. Many saw it as an individualised, technical process and even neo liberal in intent. Hence, this article is, at least partially, a reframing of “personalising learning” into the more political Equity-Mindedness.   

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