All leaders need inspiring. All leaders suffer self doubt at some point. The materials below are aimed at helping leaders in school to focus on what’s important and how to stay focused on the goal ahead – improving the outcomes for children in our care.

Inspiring Reads


Brave Heads by Dave Harris is a truly great read. For aspiring or serving Headteachers, this book is an easy read which details the journey of one man who dares to try something different.


Change by Richard Gerver is an excellent read. For those of you who have seen Richard Gerver speak then you’ll know this book is entertaining, emotive, on the pulse and extremely easy to read.

Magic Weaving

The Magic Weaving Business by Sir John Jones. This book is fantastic for reconnecting or reaffirming the power of education to make a difference. Written in the uncompromising and entertaining style that Jones has, this book will help you to keep sight of what is important.

Chimp Paradox


The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters. This book is not about leadership but how you deal with and manage your own mind. Leadership in school can be a challenging roller coaster and this book gives plenty of strategies for how to deal with difficult situations and the stress we can all put ourselves under.

Recommended TED Talks

http://www.ted.com offers a range of inspiring and thought provoking videos from talented innovators across the world. The beauty of these clips is that they last anything from a couple of minutes to fifteen minutes and are excellent at helping to move your thinking on. Below are some of the best TED talks.

Paradigms Changing Education Paradigms by Sir Ken Robinson  http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms

Simon Sinek How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

Emdin Teach Teachers How to Create Magic by Christopher Emdin http://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_emdin_teach_teachers_how_to_create_magic 

ken robinson 1 How To Escape Education’s Death Valley by Sir Ken Robinson http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley


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