7 episodes

What are the secret ingredients to a successful international school? Join three experienced school leaders on their journey to unravel the enigma of international education today. Richard Henry, James Dalziel and James MacDonald host a series of interviews with trailblazers, experts and thought leaders to gain from their experiences and discover the keys to success so that schools can thrive.

WHERE'S YOUR HEAD AT‪?‬ Richard Henry

    • Business

What are the secret ingredients to a successful international school? Join three experienced school leaders on their journey to unravel the enigma of international education today. Richard Henry, James Dalziel and James MacDonald host a series of interviews with trailblazers, experts and thought leaders to gain from their experiences and discover the keys to success so that schools can thrive.

    Wellbeing and Resilience in Schools

    Wellbeing and Resilience in Schools

    "The single most important factor in our wellbeing, happiness and longevity … quality of the social connections that we build.” - Dr. Helen Kelly
     
    A Quick Summary
    How can leaders ensure the wellbeing of staff...and themselves? The “Where’s Your Head At” hosts welcome Dr. Helen Kelly, who has worked in various roles inside and outside of the education sector. In this show, we hear about Helen’s research into wellbeing in schools including practical examples and ideas as to what is needed to support students, teachers, and leaders.
     
    Show notes
    In this episode…
    Introduction for Dr. Helen Kelly (2.40)
    Why did Helen choose this topic for her research? (4.40)
    What themes has Helen found from her research? (7.00)
    Do we have a realistic idea of what a crisis looks like? (10.01)
    The long-term impact of the pandemic and what can we do about that? (11.55)
    Can resilience be taught? (15.45)
    What advice does Helen have for leaders? (19.00)
    Would Helen change anything in her past, what would that be? (25.40)
    Advice for school leaders to avoid burnout (27.00)
    How to contact Helen (30.15)
     
    Bio 
    Dr. Helen Kelly 
    Helen Kelly is a researcher, writer, and speaker in the field of school wellbeing. Between 2006 and 2020, when she retired from her work as a school principal, Helen led international schools in Bangkok, Berlin, and Hong Kong. Prior to this, she spent a decade as a member of the English legal profession, representing employees in the area of health and safety at work, with a focus on industrial accidents and diseases.
    Helen is most known for her work on school leader stress and wellbeing. She was awarded an Ed.D from the University of Birmingham, UK in 2017 with a thesis entitled “International Schools as Emotional Arenas: Facing the Leadership Challenges in a German Context”. She also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.
    Through her work as The Positive Principal, she aims to provide practical support to teachers, school leaders, and those responsible for running and supporting schools, to enhance wellbeing and maximise the potential of the whole school community.
     
    Links
    Positive Principal: https://drhelenkelly.com/ The secret to happiness?: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-secret-to-happiness-heres-some-advice-from-the-longest-running-study-on-happiness-2017100512543 PERMA+ model: https://positivepsychology.com/perma-model/ Permah Survey: https://permahsurvey.com/

    • 32 min
    We Must Flip School Leadership

    We Must Flip School Leadership

    “My career has not been based on luck...an opportunity arose, I grabbed it and I worked for it” - Fidelis Nthenge
    A Quick Summary
    The “Where’s Your Head At” hosts chat with Fidelis Nthenge, an experienced international educator who has worked in various roles in schools and made a significant contribution to the International Baccalaureate community. In this show, we hear what Fidelis believes to be the key changes in education over the past 10 years and what she believes will be essential for schools to thrive in the future.
     
    Show notes
    In this episode…
    Introduction for Fidelis Nthenge (3.15)
    What have been the most impactful changes in education over the past 10 years? (4.50)
    What have been the key challenges for Fidelis during the pandemic? (7.17)
    Were there specific moments, or individuals, who helped Fidelis in her career? (9.25)
    Are there key elements that leaders must have? (13.45)
    Biographies/books/models which Fidelis has used for her leadership (15.05)
    If you started again would you do anything differently? (16.40)
    Leaders and modesty (18.15)
    What underlying belief would Fidelis change in education today? (19.30)
    Significant changes in education over the past 20 years and what will see in the future (22.00)
    How can we involve students more in leadership? (24.00)
    “School’s First” and “Student Centred” strategy (24.45)
    What book would Fidelis recommend? (26.30)
    How to contact Fidelis (27.50)
     
    Bio 
    Fidelis Nthenge 
    Fidelis works as Head of the IB World Schools department based in the IB's global centre in The Hague. She is responsible for the development and implementation of school improvement strategy for IB World Schools, in line with the IB strategy and objectives, supporting IB World Schools to achieve their optimal teaching, learning and assessment. Before joining the IB in 2011, Fidelis spent 14 years with the Aga Khan Education Services in East Africa, where she was head of two of their IB World Schools in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
     
    Link
    International Baccalaureate: www.ibo.org  Heuristic leadership: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED344271  Fidelis’ Email Address: fidelis.nthenge@gmail.com

    • 29 min
    Schools Focussing on Academia is a Modern Fad

    Schools Focussing on Academia is a Modern Fad

    A Quick Summary
    In this show, the “Where’s Your Head At?” hosts talk with Tony Little about how he started his career in education, his advice for leaders and whether the past or future is a better time to live in. Tony’s rich experience at Eton College is discussed along with the concept that “leaders must work from the heart”. You will also hear Tony’s insightful thoughts on what will be important in education in the next 20 years. 
     
    Show notes
    In this episode…
    Introduction of Tony Little (2.45)
    What is Tony doing today? (4.50)
    How did Tony get into education? (7.30)
    What was the genesis of Tony’s first book? (8.20)
    What is key for a good leader? (11.10)
    What made Eton special and what is the ‘game changer’ in education today? (12.20)
    Can we substitute teachers with tech? (15.20)
    Advice for school leaders today (17.30)
    How do we get the balance right? (18.50)
    Where would Tony prefer to live...in the past or the future? (20.30)
    Leaders must carve out time for themselves (23.20)
    What were the key lessons Tony witnessed in his career? (24.20)
    How to contact Tony (27.30)
     
    Bio 
    Tony Little
    Tony Little spent seven years as housemaster of Brentwood School, seven years as the headmaster of Chigwell School, six years as headmaster of Oakham School and 13 years as Head Master of Eton College. From 2015-18 he was Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education responsible for ensuring the quality of education across the global chain. From September 2018 he became President of the World Leading Schools Association, Shanghai Academy, developing a new generation of not-for-profit, needs-blind high schools in China. He also became Chair of the Laurus Trust, a multi-academy trust operating in the Manchester area. Since September 2020 he is the Chair of Governors at London Academy of Excellence, Stratford. Also the author of two books: An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education, and "Adolescence - How to Survive It", 
     
    Tony Little was educated at Eton College in Berkshire where he was a music scholar, and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar and gained an upper second class honours degree in English language and literature. He received a Master of Arts in English as well as Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Distinction) at Homerton College, Cambridge
     
    Link
    Tony’s Email Address: tonyrlittle@icloud.com 

    • 29 min
    What Makes the Difference Between a Good School and a Great School?

    What Makes the Difference Between a Good School and a Great School?

    Chip Barder
    Great schools have a pervasive sense of trust and a desire to get things done while still having fun. 
     
    A quick summary
    Over 45 years of working around the global has enabled Chip Barder to have a unique insight into the realm of international schooling today. In this show, the “Where’s Your Head At?” hosts talk with Chip about how he started his international career, his experiences and his advice for leaders and future leaders. Effective leadership, coaching, governance, the fundamentals of what makes a great school and Chip’s most meaningful professional learning experience are all discussed in this show. 
     
    Show notes
    In this episode…
    Introduction for Chip Barder (3.10)
    Chip’s fascinating career history (3.50)
    How did you get your first job overseas? Where is Zaire?(6.00)
    Good schools or great schools...what makes the difference? (8.20)
    What are the key changes in education over the past 20 years? (10.50)
    What are the key threads of a leader that helps them get noticed? (13.40)
    Effective leaders can be vulnerable (16.25)
    Chip’s most meaningful professional learning experience (17.45)
    Why do we want to improve and what is the importance of balance? (19.50)
    What question should we ask Chip? (21.45)
    Chip’s golden pieces of advice (26.55)
    How to contact Chip (29.50)
     
    Bio 
    Chip Barder 
    Chip Barder has been an international school educator for 45 years in seven different countries, including 22 years as a Head of School. His passion for best practice in governance began in 1984 when he was asked to facilitate a board retreat at The International School of Kuala Lumpur. Since that time, he has worked with numerous boards and facilitated workshops on board governance all over the world. Most recently, in cooperation with the boards of UNIS Hanoi and AIS Johannesburg, he launched Governance As Leadership Training Institutes (GALTI), which have been annual events and have already attracted well over 500 board members from Africa, Asia and the Middle East since 2014. He has also served on numerous international organizational boards as a board member as well as board chair.
     
    Link
    Chip’s email - cpbarder@gmail.com 

    • 28 min
    Growing as Leaders and the Importance of Developing Capacity

    Growing as Leaders and the Importance of Developing Capacity

    Deb Welch
    “If you can develop capacity in people you can accomplish anything and everything” 
     
    A Quick Summary
    How can we grow as leaders? The “Where’s Your Head At” hosts are joined by Deb Welch, an experienced international educator who has worked in various roles in the education sector for many years. In this show, we hear tips from Deb and learn from her perspectives of how we can grow as leaders in education today. 
     
    Show notes
    In this episode…
    Introduction for Deb Welch (2.36)
    Deb’s time at AISH (3.50)
    Thinking about your growth as a Head of School (6.17)
    Transition to Carney Sandoe (7.30)
    What were the opportunities that helped Deb on her career path? (9.20)
    What does Deb think is the most important thing for leaders to get right? (13.45)
    Proudest proud and sorriest sorry (16.05)
    Chris Argyris - Double Loop Theory of Feedback (16.55)
    Reflection and its importance (17.40)
    Significant changes in education over the past 20 years and what will see in the future (18.40)
    The stages of problem solving at AISH (22.45)
     
    Bio 
    Deb Welch 
    Deborah Welch is the Senior Consultant for Carney Sandoe and Associates. Prior to this she was the CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). She was the Director of the American School of Doha and the Deputy Director for Learning at International School Bangkok. She was also Director of Teacher Training Center (TTC) and a course developer, trainer and consultant for Principals’ Training Center (PTC). Deb has been a teacher, curriculum director, staff developer, university instructor and educational consultant. She holds a Ph.D. in human and organizational development and a master’s in educational leadership and curriculum. She has a teaching certificate, and administrative and superintendent endorsement from Colorado
     
    Links 
    AISH Carney Sandoe and Associates Constructivist model of learning Chris Argyris

    • 31 min
    How Do I Move up the Ladder?

    How Do I Move up the Ladder?

    Nick Kendell
    “Everything else will be successful in a school if you can get the climate and culture right”.
     
    A Quick Summary
    What is happening in international teacher recruitment today? The “Where’s Your Head At” hosts are joined by Nick Kendell, an experienced international educator who has worked in teacher recruitment for many years. In this show, we hear tips from Nick for improving your chances of getting your next job as well as his thoughts on education in the future. 
     
    Show notes
    In this episode…
    What is Nick doing now? (2.57)
    What is happening in international teacher recruitment today? (6.44)
    Diversity in international schools (8.55)
    Who was Nick lucky to work with? (9.22)
    What are leaders in schools getting right today in recruitment? (10.45)
    Was there anything Nick would have changed in his past? (14.30)
    What beliefs should educators/leaders let go? (16.08)
    Nick’s opinion on what schools are getting “right” (17.40)
    What will school’s look like in 20 years from now? (20.30)
    Planning for recruitment at non-traditional schools (22.50)
    How do you move up the ladder? (25.30)
    Should I do an advanced degree? (27.25)
    How to contact Nick (29.20)
     
    Bio 
    Nick Kendell is the Senior Associate for Australia and New Zealand in the recruiting organisation Search Associates. Nick started his international teaching career in 1995, and has since worked across 3 different continents. He began at the Hong Kong International School and then moved back to Australia to take up a Deputy Principal role at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, Tasmania. After 4.5 years in this role, Nick moved to Cairo in 2008 to become the Head of Primary at the New Cairo British International School. He completed his time in Cairo, and returned to Australia in July 2011.
     
    Links 
    Return on Your Luck  Search Associates

    • 32 min

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