IAPS Heads’ Conference 2013 – Day 2

Reflections from today, what stood out for me:
Brian Ashton – Performing at the highest level when it counts
. our mindset is all important, whether pupils, teachers or senior leaders
. set timescales for dreams (vision/mission)
. if you don’t take risks you won’t be anywhere in life
. be a 360 degree person – see things from all sides/all stakeholders
. be a pioneer rather than someone who rules
. be prepared to be controversial
. it’s fine to fail, but fail fast, get back up and learn from your failures quickly
. create family/school community
. ask your staff 5 key things that would make school better
. be prepared to ‘defy the impossible and shock the world’, Muhammad Ali
. never settle for the status quo

Excellent seminar covering on-line safety from Karl Hopwood. Too much to share! . . .
Key message – focus on behaviours not technology, as technology will keep changing.

The business connection – Lara Morgan
I agreed with her points that we need to be:
. ‘Out the box – original’
. connecting in real life learning
. ensuring schools are the best places they can be
Lara reminded us of the importance of:
. having the right people in the right roles
. rewarding staff – with things they like, rather than what we think they like/should like
. seeking staff’s views and feedback, e.g. ‘what do you think we waste money on’/’what could we save money on?’
‘Do not stand still, have the desire for new ideas’

QEIICC
View from the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

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