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The Apprentice vs Headteachers: What Can School Leaders Learn From The Hit TV Series?

Popular TV show The Apprentice first aired in 2005 and follows a group of people who are set a series of business-related tasks by Lord Alan Sugar. They have to prove themselves worthy of the ultimate prize – the job of Lord Sugar’s apprentice, which comes with a six-figure investment in their business plan. Lord Sugar is assisted by two close business associates who act as his observers, feeding back to him throughout. The show is famed for its larger-than-life contestants, their boastful claims, and their constant one-upmanship, backstabbing and Machiavellian manoeuvrings. All of this is set against a common goal which requires teamwork and collaboration. So, as the 2022 series continues to pull in the viewers, blogger Max Kelly asks whether the candidates on The Apprentice can teach school leaders anything about leadership, communication and teamwork?

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Sue Gray VS OFSTED: How Serious Are The Consequences For Those Concerned?

Senior civil servant Sue Gray has had her say on Boris Johnson and released a report giving her general findings into alleged parties and gatherings at Number 10 and across Whitehall. So what will the consequences of this review be, particularly for the PM? And how do reports of this magnitude, and the potential fall-out from them, compare with those in the education sector which come about through OFSTED-led inspection? If the stakes are high for schools and school leaders, surely they are higher still for those behind the famous black door of No 10? Errm, you’d be surprised…

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Premier League Managers vs Headteachers – Do YOU Recognise Any of These Leaders in YOUR School?

Who would be a premier league manager? Judged by league tables, an unrelenting pressure from those who are supposed to be on your side, and seemingly everyone has an opinion and thinks they could do better. Sounds a bit like the job of the headteacher too! In this tongue-in-cheek article, sprinkled with just a dash of insight, observation and comment, author Max Kelly imagines the current stock of Premier League managers as headteachers. So do you recognise yourself in any of these descriptions? Or perhaps you already work for one them?

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Captain Picard vs Headteachers – Resistance to Leadership Is Futile

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is one of the most enduring TV characters of the last 30 years. Introduced to television audiences in the 1980’s, Picard went on to personify integrity, honesty, values and principles. He was the quintessential gentleman; a widely read and well educated man of interest and ambition. He was charismatic and charming, and had an awe and wonder about him.
He was seen in a highly skilled job that presented multi-facted challenges and difficulties. He was an ambassador, an explorer, a diplomat, a fighter, a politician, a statesman, a sage, a guide, and a father figure. In many ways, Picard was the ultimate leader; well-liked, respected and highly regarded. He achieved all of this against the backdrop of inter-species differences, inter-galactic disputes, long term strategic objectives and short-term requirements to fire-fight.
In this blog, author Max Kelly examines the leadership lessons that headteachers can learn from this enigmatic starship captain.

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Prime Ministers vs Headteachers – WHO do make the BEST leaders and why?

The demands of leadership on Prime Ministers and Headteachers are colossal. Leaders must have conviction; the capacity to communicate and persuade; they must manage people and communities; they must translate their convictions to policy detail and then ensure successful implementation of their policies. All the while they must be the relentless and charismatic figurehead and carry the hopes and dreams of others alongside their own personal ambitions.

In this blog, Max Kelly draws on the work of political commentator Steve Richards to analyse the demands of leadership and to draw a correlation about the qualifications necessary to lead a country and to lead a school.