Everything rests on leadership. Each fortnight on PiXL’s Leadership Bookclub, Rachel Johnson, PiXL Lead, will be joined by two school leaders to discuss one non-educational leadership book that can change the way we think, teach, and lead.
Reflecting, they talk about the lessons they have learned about their own leadership, and the result is honest, candid conversation, with practical takeaways for all educators.
PiXL is a partnership of 3,000 schools and colleges spanning KS1-5, focusing on equipping leaders and teachers to bring a better future and brighter hope to young people. Learn more at www.pixl.org.uk.
In the penultimate episode of Series 2, PiXL CEO Rachel Johnson is joined by school leaders Will Teece and Jessica Moody to discuss their thoughts around Kim Scott's book Radical Candor, and how its premise could improve school leadership and create happier and healthier workplaces.
Radical Candor is about caring personally but challenging directly, allowing us to give guidance and feedback that’s both kind and clear, specific and sincere. How can we cultivate this in ourselves and our teams?
In this episode, Rachel Johnson speaks with senior leaders Claire Knight and Matt Hardman about Ajaz Ahmed’s book ‘Limitless’.
They explore the challenges of mastering one’s craft, how to stay focused, communicating your message clearly and what happens in schools when we don’t. With practical examples of where it’s gone well, and when it hasn’t, there are many valuable lessons here for leaders and teachers who want to perform a handful of significant tasks well, rather than being overwhel
This episode, Rachel Johnson and two sixth-form leaders, Balli Dail & Sara Marshallsay, reflect on Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’.
Michelle’s guidance counselor once told her she wasn’t ‘Princeton Material’. Much of the conversation focuses on metaphorical glass ceilings and how we all have a role to play in our schools to promote possibility, to allow everyone to feel seen, and to develop in students an inner voice that reassures them that they are ‘good enough'.
David and Goliath
n this episode, Rachel is joined by school leaders, Christopher Harris and Dave McPartlin, to discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller ‘David and Goliath’.
The trio talk about a range of subjects, from being the underdogs, to how they have tried to raise aspiration in young people, and why often unconventional thinking should be welcomed. This episode has lots of laughter but also touches on some profound topics related to education and leadership.
How Women Rise
Whatever your gender, all of us need help to overcome the areas of our character that hold us back. Bijal Pandya and Emma Pitcher, both senior leaders, join Rachel Johnson to discuss their key takeaways from the book, speaking about how it resonated with each of them in turn. With honesty and humour, join them to explore the things that can stop us all being the leaders we want to be.
In this episode, Rachel Johnson is joined by two school leaders; Daniel Opoku of Ark Blake Academy and Richard Tyrrell of The Kingston Academy, to discuss 'Essentialism' by Greg McKeown.
According to McKeown, an Essentialist lives by three principles: they do less but better, they follow the disciplined pursuit of less, and, ultimately, they live a life that really matters. In education, could practising the book's premise change the way we think and lead?