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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
A School, a Refugee Camp and Teachers Who Just Won’t Quit

A School, a Refugee Camp and Teachers Who Just Won’t Quit

On Tuesday, I went to visit the incredible human that is Natalie H Scott, and teach in the school at the Grand-Synthe Refugee Camp in Dunkirk. When Natalie told me about working there I asked if I could go because like her I believe that children, no matter what their...
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...