Andy Kemp

The Importance of Music in School…

By Andy | September 9, 2018 | 0 Comment

School’s offer a broad range of opportunities and activities to engage and enrich the experience of their students. Each has there place and provide important development opportunities. That’s not to say you can’t develop these skills through different activities (I actually think there’s a huge amount of similarity between the educational value of music as […]

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Student Leadership – Project Leadership

By Andy | June 3, 2018 | 2 Comment

This article follows on from a series I wrote earlier in the year exploring whether student leadership in schools should be a right or a privilege: Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 1 Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 2 Student Leadership – A Right or a […]

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The Head as a Conductor

By Andy | February 4, 2018 | 0 Comment

Having spent six years at Wells Cathedral School (one of the five UK Specialist Music Schools), the last two as Head of the Senior School, I’ve learned a lot about music and even more about leadership. Having watched easily 200+ concerts in the last few years I’ve come to understand the importance of the role […]

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Servant Leadership

By Andy | January 22, 2018 | 0 Comment

A question you get asked a lot in interviews for leadership roles is to describe your leadership style or approach. I’ve spent a lot of time in my last 10 years or middle and senior leadership reflecting on this question. It even formed a significant part of my MBA studies where my dissertation focused on […]

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Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 3

By Andy | January 14, 2018 | 2 Comment

This is part three of a three part series of articles on student leadership – If you haven’t already read Parts 1 and 2, you can do so by following these links: Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 1 Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 2 In […]

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Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 2

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This is part two of a three part series of articles on student leadership – If you haven’t already read Part 1, you can do so by following this link: Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 1 In the first part of this series of articles looking at Student Leadership, I […]

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Student Leadership – A Right or a Privilege? – Part 1

By Andy | January 13, 2018 | 0 Comment

This is part one of a three part series of articles on student leadership Around a year ago I spent a lot of time reflecting on how our prefect system worked at Wells Cathedral School. Like many schools our prefect system involved appointing around 20 students (making up about one fifth of our upper sixth) […]

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This is how I write…

By Andy | January 6, 2018 | 0 Comment

Having decide to spend more time writing (see previous post) I thought it might be interesting to look a little at the systems I have in place to make the process of writing a little easier. Those who know me, will know that I’m an Apple fan, and therefore my approach is very much embedded […]

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Writing More…

By Andy | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comment

For 2018 I’ve decided to spend more time writing. I’ve always enjoyed the process of writing as a mechanism for helping me shape my thinking on an issue or a topic. Unfortunately I have fallen out of the habit due to commitments at work and the time required for my academic studies… So my aim […]

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Policy Management

By Andy | January 9, 2016 | 2 Comment

With an increasingly complicated inspection framework, which seems to change every time you look away, the management of policy documents has become increasingly difficult, and at the same time increasingly important! The days where a school could maintain a collection of staff handbooks containing all the school policies are all but gone, as keeping them […]

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