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John Morris’s 20 Leassons Learnt

John Morris OBE is the Executive Headteacher of the Ardleigh Green Learning Federation within the London Borough of Havering. With nearly 30 years of Headship experience, he has experienced more than most the ever changing demands and strains that have been placed on the Education system.

John is a big advocate of the principles behind Leadership Matters and spoke at the LM Meet held in East London during October 2019. Here he shared 20 simple lessons that all Leaders should bear in mind:

  • Believe in yourself, your staff and your pupils
  • Keep in touch with the classroom and the learners
  • Value your staff and pupils
  • Smile, laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Remember that you were once a teacher
  • Praise publicly and criticize privately
  • Walk the talk
  • Network with other schools
  • Be brave, think skinned and kind hearted
  • Relationships really do matter.
  • Never lose your Moral Purpose. Hold on to your values and integrity
  • Catch people doing things right
  • Cheer the progress not just the result
  • Always put your students and staff FIRST
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel
  • Start with the end in sight
  • Seek to find the element in staff and students
  • Always ask yourself why. Seek to be proactive rather than reactive
  • Motivate, inspire and be passionate about what you believe
  • Remember that little things matter

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