August 24, 2017

The value in coordinating schools into Multiple Academy Trusts is still unclear when so many MATs cannot demonstrate impact. SIS’s work with MATS over the last three years has shown that, as a group, Head teachers often recognise that people, culture, change management...

May 18, 2017

Priming: What are you working towards and what is getting in your way?

1.   What worked and what didn’t?

2.   If you were at your best, what would you do right now?

3.   What would you advise your best friend to do if they were in your situat...

March 28, 2017

Multiple Academy Trusts (MATs) are complex entities. Identifying the gap between where an academy thinks it is and where it actually is, is normally done by a time consuming audit which relies on a lot of face-to-face interviews.  This is expensive and not always pract...

March 26, 2017

Let’s face it. Governors want to help but they do not always know how to help. Some have honed their management skills to a very high level and they are knowledgeable enough to know that giving advice which has not been requested does not always go down too well.

So a G...

March 26, 2017

The first questions is obviously to identify why someone is not performing. It is important to focus on outcomes rather than outputs. If this person is doing everything wrong and is getting outstanding results, then stay out of the way and learn.

If someone is not carry...

March 26, 2017


 Inspections are exercises which aim to identify gaps that you your school has created. Close these gaps and see the inspection run smoothly.

 Focus on attainment and achievement will take care of itself. Focusing on achievement is about accepting you do not i...

March 20, 2017

Change Management Programs enable Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) to deploy new processes to improve students’ outcomes. These programs involve devising change initiatives, transforming data into intelligence, generating organizational buy-in and setting in place a repeata...

January 12, 2017

Why ask for an ISO 9001:2015 management audit?  After all, if you are not certified you are bound to fail it.

The ISO 9001:2015 management standard is the standard upon which all other robust management standards are built.  Get to grips with it and you will find that E...

January 4, 2017


Daniel Esteve, one of SEC’s new Accredited Members, offers some thought provoking points from his experience he uses his experience of working with school leaders and CEOs.

Management is good management and leadership is… good leadership.  This should not make a diff...

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The meaning of red is simple: you have a mountain to climb.

The problem with being 'red' is that it allows a lot of external agencies to push initiatives in your school.  In a lot of cases these initiatives are deployed to convince someone else that 'something is being...

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