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SSAT 2016 national conference resources

This page contains all the presentations from the 2016 national conference. There are over 30 presentations to download from the nations leading educationalists. Click here to access

Training Resources

Book Resources

Reading - think pieces

Challenging Conversations - strategies for turning conflict into creativity

Ethical leadership - What is Ethical Leadership? Click here to find out more!

Handle challenging conversations with confidence - In this article Eryn Kalish, conflict resolutions expert and author of the Ken Blanchard Companies’ Challenging Conversations programme outlines a five step process to help improve skills in dealing with challenging conversations. Kalish explains how to speak up without alienating the other person and how to listen even if you are “triggered” by what you are hearing.

How would you deal with this? An exercise in communication...

Leadership for personalised learning - John West Burnham

Leverage Leadership - Paul Bambrick - Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth. With intentional focus on these areas, leaders will leverage much more learning from the same amount of time investment. Fundamentally, each of these seven levers answers the core questions of school leadership: What should an effective leader do, and how and when should they do it. Aimed at all levels of school leadership, the book is for any principal, superintendent, or educator who wants to be a transformational leader. Further resources supporting Leverage Leadership can be found here.

Looking around learning - David Cracknell

The discipline of listening - Click here to read more about 'Harvard Law Review - The Discipline of Listening' - by Ram Charan

The heart of the head - At a time when research shows leadership recruitment and retention in British Schools is in crisis, this pertinent study looks at the relationship between emotional intelligence, a relatively new construct in comparison to cognitive intelligence, and effective secondary school leadership.

The importance of Emotional Intelligence to effective school leadership - The growing body of evidence that effective leadership is critical to school improvement coupled with the rapid increase in the interest in the link between Emotional Intelligence and effective leadership instigated this piece of research. Here the perceptions of the significance of EI are explored amongst 51 Primary Headteachers and Senior Children Centre Managers and 12 ‘outstanding leaders’ in educational settings. Gathered using structured questionnaires, interviews and discussions, their opinions and resulting implications are summarised in this paper.

Three trademarks of effective leaders -This article suggests that one of the qualities of a good leader/good leadership is mentoring - click here to read the full article.

Topics of coaching, behaviour support and leadership - Click here to view a Leadership Blog highlighting important areas such as, coaching, behavioural support and leadership - Nick Burnett.

Understanding Leadership and Management - John West Burnham

Why leaders need to be learners - Bill Lucas