How To Get Out Of The State You Are In

You want to make a change. I mean you really want to. And yet every time you try you get stuck. Me too! That’s why I’ve shared this journey with you. Because the good news is, you get to choose what happens...
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...
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...

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?...

How To Reach The Unreachables

In the 80s social workers had a slightly bizarre dress code. They could wear any colour they liked as long as it was the wrong shade of brown. The uniform was adhered to so closely, I reckon it must have been either enforced or incentivised in some way. It was so...
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...
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...
Bin Fear and Embrace Vulnerability

Bin Fear and Embrace Vulnerability

We’re all fighting for our lives in one way or another. For some of us that can mean physical challenges around our own health or the health of those we care for. For others it can mean being held captive by the prison that is our own mind. Where our psyche only takes...
How Donald Trump Encourages Conversations About Diversity

How Donald Trump Encourages Conversations About Diversity

Seth Godin recently posted a brilliant article on his blog – here’s a paraphrased UK version… Assumptions are what you use to bridge a gap in your own knowledge. If they turn out to be accurate, then you got lucky and your lack of research...
How School Turned My ‘Why Me?’ Into ‘Why Not Me!’

How School Turned My ‘Why Me?’ Into ‘Why Not Me!’

As a learner, being working class poor defined my life choices, mindset and decisions – much more than being brown which didn’t really come up until I started teacher training and enjoyed being the only person who wasn’t white at Bishop Grot! School...

How To Embed Gladiator Levels Of Resilience In Your Learners

I nearly gave up on my dream of becoming a teacher to be a gladiator instead. I even had a name all sorted: WhirlWind Only three things stood in my way. I had never been to a gym in my life, I was completely incapable of doing a backflip and they already had a female...
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...
Embrace Your Vulnerability Vulture

Embrace Your Vulnerability Vulture

There’s lots of conflicting advice around about being a leader. One question I have is around whether it’s good for leaders to show ‘weakness’ or not. I guess it depends on what sort of leader you want to be. I’M A MISTAK ARTIST Last week (when I make a...
The Incredible Impact Early Years Teachers Have

The Incredible Impact Early Years Teachers Have

Whenever I’m delivering literacy training I joke with the teachers asking them to imagine what it would be like having me as a parent of a child in their class. It provokes nervous laughter! For one lovely lady, that joke became a reality today as I left my youngest...
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...
Looking forward to summer?

Looking forward to summer?

With three children at home, the six weeks of summer are fun and frantic in equal measure. We visit family and friends, hang out at the park and have water fights on the trampoline. Last year we had themes each week. During 80s week we watched Allo Allo and wore...
When it comes to leadership, I want to be a door opener

When it comes to leadership, I want to be a door opener

I once asked my six-year-old what he wanted to do when he grew up. In one breath he told me that he wanted to be firefighter and then, at the weekend, change his trousers and be a police officer until he had enough money to buy his own football kit, then leave the...
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...
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...