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Education insights from Head Teachers, Principals and Senior Leaders, giving you access to their biggest wins and successes and career path.

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Education insights from Head Teachers, Principals and Senior Leaders, giving you access to their biggest wins and successes and career path.

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Nick Bevington - Town Close School

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Nick Bevington - Town Close School

    "In life, if an opportunity comes your way, you need to take it." - Nick Bevington



    Listen as Nick Bevington's interview where he speaks of his route from Finance graduate to Head of Town Close School, the boredom of working in Finance and how summer camp work had lit the torch paper of his love of helping and teaching young people. Nick's early advice of taking an opportunity has stood him in very good stead.

    In fact, this advice leads to Nick progressing quicker than normal to his first Deputy Headteacher role. He describes how he handled the responsibility of this post when relatively inexperienced compared to other more established staff.

    Nick has lost none of his enthusiasm and passion for education and had some amazing examples of current initiatives in Town Close school. Enjoy!



    SHOW NOTES:
    [00:30] Nick's route into teaching.

    [01:50] The biggest influencers in Nick's early teaching.

    [04:50] Becoming a Deputy headteacher

    [06:17] Learns as a Deputy.

    [08:00] Making the move into Headship.

    [09:54] New Head, new experiences.

    [11:29] Implementing change as a Head.

    [13:08] Current initiatives at Town Close School.

    [15:49] Genderleass uniform.

    [22:11] What makes a good SLT.

    [24:06] Nick's advice to NQT's.

    [27:02] Nick's advice to aspiring Head Teachers.

    [28:39] How Nick gets away from work.



    SELECTED LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE

    Nick's LinkedIn Profile

    Nick's Twitter

    Town Close School website

    Town Close Facebook

    The Restless School - Roy Blatchford

    Nick Corston 

    • 39 min
    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Jonathan Cuff - d'Overbroeck

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Jonathan Cuff - d'Overbroeck

    It’s, it’s about getting your best players in place. It’s about giving those best players the opportunity to actually do what they’re good at.”

    Jonathan always knew he was going to be a Teacher, from the off following in his father's footsteps. Listen to his path from NQT to Headship, where he shares insights and advice to all levels of Education. Feel Jonathan’s enthusiasm for the new Discovery Plus initiative in d’Overbroecks and how the school help and support Mental Health issues.

    SHOW NOTES:
    [00:33] Jonathan’s route into teaching.

    [01:38] Jonathan’s NQT Learns.

    [02:27] Progression into Middle Leadership

    [03:24] Jonathan’s Path to Headship.

    [06:10] Advice for NQT’s.

    [07:11] d’Overbroecks New Discovery Plus Initiative.

    [09:09] The Future of Education.

    [11:38] Supporting Mental Health in d’Overbroecks.

    [13:54] d’Overbroecks Growth and Progression.

    [14:51] Building a Successful Team.



    SELECTED LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE
    Jonathan Cuff – LinkedIn

    Jonathan’s  Twitter Account

    d’Overbroecks website

    d’Overbroecks Facebook Page 

    Due App

    • 22 min
    Good to Great Education Leaders Series – James Hodgson – Bedford School

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series – James Hodgson – Bedford School

    "Don't get too far ahead of yourself, because if you're always looking at the next thing, you'll never be happy in your current role." - James Hodgson

    James Bedford if the Headteacher at Bedford School, Bedfordshire. He has over Listen to how James began his teaching career after the dream of being a professional cricketer didn't materialise. He initially worked for Ernst and Young and after learning how much he hated that job, he decided to find a working environment that he would love and appreciate. 

    Listen to Jame's path from teaching Classics in Australia to Headship at Bedford School and the fantastic "Movember" YouTube videos you'll need to watch. 

    SHOW NOTES 

    [00:35] James route into teaching

    [08:36] James route to middle management 

    [10:11] Enjoying Senior Leadership and never planning for it. 

    [11.31] Who moulded James SLT path

    [14:17] Going into SLT with your eyes open!

    [16:36] Initiatives in school Digitally preparing pupils for the working world, Partnerships with local schools, charities and business, Entrapreunerialism in school

    [29:13] Movember at Bedford School


    SELECTED LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE

    Contact James at school here

    Bedford School Twitter - Facebook   

    Movember YouTube video



       

    • 31 min
    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Mike King - Releasing Potential

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Mike King - Releasing Potential

    After leaving school at 16 Mike fell into Outdoor Pursuits and subsequently into Teaching. Listen to his unique path to Executive Headship and becoming a CEO. Identifying a true "gap in the education market" Mike set up as a charity, that formed into the school Releasing Potential and now offers a teacher training business with one goal, to enrich all children's lives.

    Mike has truly learned the hard way, Releasing Potential is going from strength to strength listen to his fantastic account of what you can achieve if you put your mind to it!



    SHOW NOTES:
    [00:36] Mike's insights into becoming a teacher.

    [03:53] The Launch of Releasing Potential.

    [05:00] Is teaching a vocation?

    [06:19] Biggest advice to NQT's.

    [08:19] Becoming a Head Teacher and building Releasing Potential.

    [13:15] Current initiatives.

    [18:34] Advice to aspiring SLT.

    [23:47] The next steps for Releasing Potential.



    SELECTED LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE
    Mike King - LinkedIn

    Releasing Potential Website

    Releasing Potential Facebook Page 

    Releasing Potential Twitter Account

    Institute for Outdoor Learning

    • 29 min
    Good to Great Education Leaders Series – Alex Wilson – The Hull Collegiate School

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series – Alex Wilson – The Hull Collegiate School

    Alex began her teaching career in a girls’ full boarding school, living in and working with them. After six years, she moved to teach at her alma mater, North London Collegiate School, one of the top-performing schools in the country, where she remained for the next seventeen years. When she first moved to NLCS, she taught Religious Studies and History. Over the years, she progressed to become Head of Department and then Deputy Head (Pastoral) for six years before taking on the role of Acting Headmistress in the Autumn Term of 2017. Alex then moved on to her current Headship at Hull Collegiate School in Yorkshire.

    You can here within this interview how Alex is truly passionate about teaching and learning. To the point that they are currently running open lectures on topics and subject of specialty which can be attended by both staff and students!



    SHOW NOTES
    [0:48] Alex’s route into teaching

    [1:47] Learns in the early years

    [5:36] How Alex built a successful department

    [7:17] Moving into Senior Leadership

    [10:33] Advice to aspiring Head Teachers

    [12:10] Supporting staff as a Head, its the little things that matter

    [15:14] Alex give her advice to NQT’s and student teachers

    [18:40] Alex’s favourite interview question

    [21:21] The biggest influence on Alex’s career

    [22:04] Schools new Academic Lecture Programme initiative



    SELECTED LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE
    Connect with Alex on LinkedIn

    Hull Collegiate School Facebook and Twitter

    Hull Collegiate Contact Us 

    • 23 min
    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Andrew Hampton - Thorpe Hall School

    Good to Great Education Leaders Series - Andrew Hampton - Thorpe Hall School

    Andrew Hampton is the Head Teacher at Thorpe Hall School in Southend-on-Sea. He has been teaching for over 25 years, initially qualifying as a Music Teacher. Andrew has been Head at Thorpe Hall School for over  12 years seeing significant growth and changes in the school, currently looking to make the school 100% sustainable and promotion of his fantastic "Girls on Board" initiative.

    If you haven't had a chance yet, check it out here https://www.girlsonboard.co.uk/ it is a truly brilliant program and something Andrew is incredibly proud of.

    Listen to more of Andrew's fantastic experience and how he became the Head Teacher he is today.

    SHOW NOTES:

    [2:42] Andrew's insights into being a teacher.

    [6:37] Andrew's progression into Senior Leadership.

    [12:00] Advice to any aspiring to get into Headship.

    [13:48] Biggest influence as a Head.

    [14:57] Current challenges as a Head Teacher.

    [16:36] What would you change in education if you could?

    [17:47] Girls on Board Initiative.

    [21:30] New Boys initiative.

    SELECTED LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE 

    GirlsOnBoard Twitter

    Andrews Blog

    Leading an Independent School Training Course 

    • 33 min

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