I hope I’m not too late to the party. My last blog post was this time last year for nurture 13-14 (Link to last years post here), reflecting on the previous year and setting out goals for next year is a great way to consider the year that’s been and plan for the future.
Firstly I am going to start with an update on last year’s goals:
- Getting a work life balance–having spent all the holidays so far with my family, from building Batman Lego to visiting reindeers, it has been great fun and I feel very relaxed. However I know when the 5th January arrives I will be straight back into work mode. I am already starting to get that back to work itch, thoughts, ideas and things I need to do are coming to the forefront of my mind. Therefore this is working in progress.
- Running and a Triathlon – I did achieve my goal of running two 10 KM events. Unfortunately in one of the races which I ran for Marie Curie cancer raising £450 I damaged my knee. I recently had an MRI scan with a consultant appointment the first week back. I am hopeful of a speedy return to running. I found running a great source of reflection time.
- Be Enterprising group– This group is now established and has grown to over 200 members. There is a real appetite for enterprise education locally as well as nationally, the DFE announcement is a step in the right direction but still has some way to go.
- Northern Rocks2014 – Reclaiming Pedagogy –This was without doubt the event of the year. Teaching, learning and PEDAGOGY. I came away bursting with ideas and connections. Well done to @emmaannhardy and @debrakidd for putting on a superb event. I had the privilege of helping out and introducing @josepicardoSHS
- UP– “In a state of mind which allows opportunity + success to flow to you, whilst remaining happy, aligned and committed to those things that matter in your life.” Via the inspirational @PhilJones40 Continue to read, develop and be the best I can be. I continue to draw strength from this concept of life and leadership.
- Masters in Education Graduation– A truly great day for my family. It was a surreal experience graduating. Four and half years of hard work, countless late nights and time away from family. It was worth it, research is embedded and informs my practice.
- PHD– I researched this but decided against it. I have too much on balancing work and family. Therefore this is certainly on the back burner for the foreseeable future, although I do want to purse this one-day when the time is right. Thanks to @jillberry102for the advice.
- Teaching and Learning– This is at the heart of why I love the job. You can always improve your practice and learn new ideas, concepts and practice that enable students to learn.
- National Careers Week 2014 – #NCW2014– Another great week celebrating careers education information advice and guidance. A highlight was also my article in the Independent on Careers guidance. Special mention to @newmanswords founder of @Careersweek who has taken this week to a new level and is a national champion for careers.
- Working with Partner Primaries– This is without doubt one of the favourites aspects of my role. As @bravehead has extensively written about transition is a massively under research and developed area.
- Education Show– Unfortunately this didn’t happen due timing. I had a full days teaching commitment on the same day. I could have went but I opted to stay in school.
- Visit Canons High School– I didn’t visit, however I did get to meet @KevBartle and attend his superb talk at Research Ed on Teaching and Learning.
- Enterprise– This continues to be one of my core values.
- Attend SLT camp– I did book on to SLT Camp Yorkshire, unfortunately the event was cancelled. Hopefully this would materialise next year.
Below are my highlights of 2014 with pictures. Don’t tell @tombennett71 but I am visual learner!
Twitter coaching – a massive thank you to @educationbear who has been my twitter coach last year and has kindly offered to continue this year. This has provided a great opportunity to discuss practice, leadership and advice has been one of my main highlights of 2014. Not only has this improved my leadership but has also enabled me to be more reflective and grow as a person. I caught up with Nick at Northern Rocks, a really great moment. For more information on twitter coaching follow the inspirational @ASTsupportAAli
ResearchEd York 2014 – A thought provoking and inspiring conference on education research organised by @tombennett71 and hosted by @Jontomsett I came away with more questions than answers, not to mention countless connections and research concepts. I also have to mention the car journey to and from the event, packed full of pedagogy, teaching and learning with @Andyphilipday
CDI – Careers Educator of Year – This came completely out of the blue. Careers is a subject that I am very passionate about, the culmination of 8 years of hard work not just by me but a great team of people I am privileged to work with. A special mention to @CareersDefender for the nomination and ongoing superb work championing quality careers guidance for young people.
Royal Visit and launch of Idea Award– Royal Highness (HRH), Prince Andrew, Duke of York visited Malet Lambert in October. A truly great experience for the city, students and staff. The idea launch in Buckingham Palace was also an unbelievable experience, it’s not everyday you tweet from the Palace. Thanks to @TheDukeofYork @idea_award @Nominettrust @Walker_Leila
Visit to 10 Downing Street – A great day visiting Lord Young to discuss enterprise education. He did mention that if every city did enterprise like Hull he would be out of a job. This is all down to the outstanding work of @Hullsenterprise
Hosting SLTChat – A truly great experience. I hosted SLTchat twice in 2014. Contributing and following @SLTchat tweets have been a great source of CPD, information and connections. Hosting is a different ball game though, tweets firing in all directions. Scheduling tweets is essential. I highly recommend the experience. Thanks to @@TeacherToolkit for the opportunity.
Hosting Teachmeet #TMHEY – Great that Malet Lambert hosted a Teachmeet. Always good to share ideas and good practice.
Check out all of the presentations here: http://www.teach-meet.uk/
Contributing to Don’t Change the Light bulbs – I still can’t believe I contributed to this fantastic book, packed full of inspiring and practical advice from some of the top educations across the country. Thanks to @ICTEvangelist for the recommendation and @rlj1981 for the opportunity.
Enterprise Conference at Old Trafford – I presented with @DenhamKite Head Teacher of @VictoriaDockPS at the Enterprise Village Conference at Old Trafford. It was great to share ideas on enterprise education practice from a primary and secondary perspective.
Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) – I recently highlight is the confirmation of my SLE role with @TidalTSA Preparing for the interview and application was rigorous and tough, however it was worth it. I truly believe in a School led system, collaborative and sharing good practice to improve our schools.
The above pictures are taking from my twitter feed over the course of 2014. A great source of reflection, have a go at it.
My 5 hopes for 2015:
Striving for excellence and to be myself:
Saying No. Being asked to undertake many difference opportunities is great. However 2014 has taught me that I can’t do everything and that I need to say no. Please don’t take it personally if I say no to you in 2015. Summarised perfectly by @DavidMcQueen
I must do the things I can’t do. @StephenDrew72 tweeted about the fact you must do the things to can’t do in order to progress a in Senior Leadership. In 2015 I need to work on key areas that I haven’t experienced yet in order to develop and grow. I will also be taking a step back from certain areas I have led on in the past. This doesn’t mean I won’t or don’t support it, this provides others with the opportunity to step into the breach.
Above image via @jillberry102
Developing others – you can’t be successful on your own, it’s about the team. The best part of being a Senior Leaders is seeing others develop and grow. In 2015 I hope to be part of enabling and helping create the environment for others to thrive.
Teaching and Learning – to continue to learn from the great team of people I have the privilege of working with, collaborate online and read. Twitter/blogging is a great source of collaboration, inspiration and sharing, however it is the people that make the platform.
My top tweet of 2014 says it all:
An of course the following would also be good in 2015:
Finally, live each day:
Thanks for reading.
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