How To Motivate And Inspire Tired Teams With One Email

How To Motivate And Inspire Tired Teams With One Email

What would happen if I walked into your staff room and asked: Right you fantastic bunch of heroes, who’s in charge of happiness round here? Blank looks? Confused stares? A random voice offering ‘Well I collect the lottery money each month?’ Are We Having...
How To Run A Killer TeachMeet (Even When It’s Your First One)

How To Run A Killer TeachMeet (Even When It’s Your First One)

I get asked to do a lot of stuff for free. And, some requests don’t even involve cake. My WHY is to be a catalyst for change – a door opener for people to lead, so I always want to start with a yes. Unfortunately, Aldi doesn’t look too kindly on people...
What I Wish I’d Told My Teacher – Mr Ruddock

What I Wish I’d Told My Teacher – Mr Ruddock

Mr Ruddock was my history teacher in Y8. I want to sugarcoat it, or say it wasn’t just me, or assert that I wasn’t the worst, but, the truth is: I made his life a misery. Inspired by Paul Dix’s fabulous new book: ‘When Adults Change, Everything...

I’m Alive Because of Ordinary Heroes Like You

You want to give 100% to life and work without losing yourself. Whenever the scales tip in either direction, guilt rears its ugly head and you start doubting you have what it takes. Which is crazy when you consider how dedicated you are to others living their best...

OK, I’m Biased. Now What?

THE YES FIRST ROLLERCOASTER In November I said yes to running a workshop on unconscious bias at a WomenEd unconference. In December I had thought of a catchy and hilarious title: Black By Popular Demand. Then spent the rest of the month congratulating myself on being...

Be Bold For Change By Ditching ‘Can’t Don’t Won’t’

Invited by Hannah Wilson to create a resource for International Women’s Day on 8th March that encouraged people to #BeBoldForChange I came up with this video. In it I share how flipping and rebranding the words ‘can’t don’t won’t’...
Get Yourself Some SWAG (Seriously Wild Audacious Goals)

Get Yourself Some SWAG (Seriously Wild Audacious Goals)

In January 2016, I sat on a beach in Goa and made a plan. Well, two plans. 1) Remember to pack suntan lotion the next time I decide to spend a week in a remote village with no shops. 2) Become a published author, get a Ph.D. and do a TED Talk. WHAT’S YOUR SWAG?...
A Leader’s 2016 Authenticity Audit

A Leader’s 2016 Authenticity Audit

I’ve been reflecting on 2016, and the enormous mindset shift I embraced in my role as a leader. One thing I noted was that my success is in alignment with my commitment to authenticity and willingness to allow myself to be vulnerable. The times I chose to hide...
My 2017 #Teacher5aday Pledge

My 2017 #Teacher5aday Pledge

3 things I love about #teacher5aday: 1) It’s all about looking after yourself. What better role model could we be to our learners? 2) It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy to join in. Search #teacher5aday on Twitter or check out the YouTube channel. 3) You...
What Does Success Look Like To You?

What Does Success Look Like To You?

We talk about a WAGOLL (What A Good one Looks Like) in reference to a piece of work that learners can take features from and use to reverse engineer success in their own writing. I’ve seen persuasive writing so through the roof, A* answers nailed and even maths...
Outstanding Teaching Unpicked

Outstanding Teaching Unpicked

A few weeks ago I was in a school about to receive a visit from Ofsted. While sharing a packet of chocolate hobnobs, one teacher said: “I just hope it’s a nice team.” If you’ve attended any of my training, you have probably heard me bang on...
Leading With Failure

Leading With Failure

A strange and bizarre thing happens around October, because, at least for me, The Apprentice really is the gift that keeps on giving! Being fired in the first week of the show was embarrassing, hilarious, embarrassing again and then even more hilarious. Now, every...
How WomenEd Ruined My Life!

How WomenEd Ruined My Life!

It’s true. WomenEd have ruined my life. Before getting involved, I was successfully denying being a leader and living behind my fear! My internal voice quietly reminded me that I’m an imposter and if I put myself out there everyone will realise how little...
I was 10% Braver. Here’s What Happened Next…

I was 10% Braver. Here’s What Happened Next…

Up until Easter this year I was spending a fair amount of time hiding under a rock. Then I took what felt like a huge risk and changed my #TMLondon keynote slides at the last minute. Instead of expectation and marking in literacy, I decided to go for it and be...
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

At school tomorrow, you’ll be standing in front of some learners who have had a difficult Father’s Day.  Having no idea who my biological father is and living with a violent step father made dealing with authority a bit of a sticking point for me. It also presented a...
19 Educators Whose Gang You Definitely Want To Be In

19 Educators Whose Gang You Definitely Want To Be In

Just before Easter I accidentally joined a gang. Though it’s only been a couple of months, it’s already panning out to be a definite upgrade from ‘The Yung Blud Posse’ I joined aged 10. As an added bonus, no one has insisted I break into any houses. This new gang are...
What Does Education Look Like 100 Years in the Future?

What Does Education Look Like 100 Years in the Future?

Last year, my sister called me to tell me that she had won the lottery. Me: OMG! How much? Sister: Well, I have enough money to last me for the rest of my life. Providing I drop dead a week on Tuesday. Short Term Thinking In the Government’s recently published...
Wisdom from a 90 Year Old Me

Wisdom from a 90 Year Old Me

For #SoulfulSunday I decided to sit down and write a letter from my 90 year old self to my 45 year old self. Turns out, my 90 year old self is dead smart! Hey Jaz I know how partial you are to the odd list so I’ve written one for you. Do me a favour and actually...
How To Deal With Insults On Social Media

How To Deal With Insults On Social Media

Receiving abuse over social media is hurtful and upsetting because we imagine that we’re having an actual conversation with the usual rules of engagement in force. We join in and share ideas like we’re socialising at a party. BANANAS WHO LIKE TO BE BAD ASS...
Am I Being Resilient Today?

Am I Being Resilient Today?

Monday kicked off with finding out that my youngest child has got a place at the Infant school we put down as first choice. It’s a fantastic school and I am 100% confident that he will get an incredible start to his education. On Tuesday I faced my fear of...
How Being 10% Braver Leads To A Book Deal

How Being 10% Braver Leads To A Book Deal

If you’ve ever described yourself as ‘just’ a Teacher, ‘just’ a Mum, or ‘just’ an anything, this is for you. Yesterday I met with a genuinely lovely guy called David Bowman, the MD at Crown House Publishing. There had been a...
4 Ways To Be More Control Of Your Own CPD

4 Ways To Be More Control Of Your Own CPD

What’s your 5, 10 and 15 year plan for your own professional development? a) I’m all on it like a car bonnet. b) Courses of course. I love a good lunch me. c) What’s CPD? I’ve spoken before about how many of the teachers I coach see CPD as something that is done...

Who is Jaz Ampaw-Farr?

Good question – I’ll get back to you when I have an answer for that. In the meantime, this keynote I gave at #TMLondon does the job and also explains how: teachers saved my life we can all be resilience ninjas being able to do a reasonable Scottish...
Paul Dix Interviews Jaz Ampaw-Farr: Pivotal Podcast

Paul Dix Interviews Jaz Ampaw-Farr: Pivotal Podcast

You can listen to the full interview HERE. We also had a brilliant time interviewing Jaz Ampaw-Farr this week. Jaz Ampaw-Farr began as a teacher with a passion for preventing literacy failure. She is now a literacy consultant and director of Which Phonics Ltd –...