Successful Difficult Conversations in School: Improve your team's performance, behaviour and attitude with kindness and success
by Sonia Gill (£14.00, John Catt Educational Ltd)
Most heads have been there – when it comes to discussing those difficult issues with staff, parents and pupils you sometimes wish someone could have the conversation for you.
Luckily, QA Education has five copies of this useful how-to book to give away.
Whether we like it or not, it appears that more and more schools will become ‘married’ as part of a Multi Academy Trust in the years ahead; leaving behind their relative independence (and the varying quality of parenting provided by different Local Authorities) in order to enter into an often polygamous lifelong partnership with other schools.
When I was 11 years old I knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. It wasn’t just the influence of having parents as teachers (they didn’t put me off!) I just knew that I liked doing pretty much everything. I loved learning and I loved the day-to-day variety of being busy doing different things at school.
Doing well at school was always seen as only possible for the minority of students because only some have the required ability. Counter-intuitively, new research in the fields of psychology, neuro-science and gifted education have all dispelled that myth and established that most can succeed in achieving highly in school.
This book goes further. Using the author’s 30 years of research into how the most able students think and learn, it identifies the competencies students need to develop in order to be successful and the ways in which schools – and parents - can develop them.