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Will Ryan has worked in schools in Rotherham, South Yorkshire for over 30 years as a teacher, head teacher and Local Authority adviser. As a head teacher he led a school that prized itself on genuine pupil creativity and was described by Ofsted as `outstanding'. He is a speaker and Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd.
Will Ryan’s fable is a clever and humorous work of fiction interweaved with real world stories of outstanding classroom practice in the current challenging educational landscape. His sharp-witted creation of his fictional primary school Headteacher Brian Smith is one that will surely engage and inspire any new, aspiring or established school leader. Although it’s an educational leadership textbook that will serve to help transform schools in this challenging educational climate, this is a work of fiction. It’s about being brave, challenging the status quo and about inspiring teachers to “dare to be different” and supporting them in these endeavours with a road map for successful school leadership with practical solutions. You relate to the fearlessness of the protagonist, you support his questions, you challenge your own beliefs and want to embark upon your own journey of transformational change. This is a must-read for any school leader. I was underlining passages, writing notes and scribbling down the hints and tips as I enjoyed Brian’s inspirational tale. ~ Deborah Dumville
If you did the calculations you would discover that during their primary school years, a child will spend roughly 70 days in assembly, and possibly a further 52 days during their secondary years. This can be either time that is simply lost and forgotten or hours that can be used to make a difference - to create confident individuals and responsible, deep-thinking citizens for the future. For young people growing up in the twenty-first century, life can seem very complex with many things to worry about: issues such as global warming, depleted natural resources and how we can all live together harmoniously in rapidly changing communities. The generation of children currently passing through our schools will have to resolve these issues for us. This will be achieved partly through the skills and intelligence they gather and partly through the development of a spiritual intelligence that will enable them to become good citizens and do the right things at the right time - which is the focus of this unique book. Will Ryan has created a resource that will allow busy school leaders and teachers to deliver outstanding assemblies that make a beneficial impression on the lives of the young people listening. Part I, Our World in the Twenty-First Century, aims to help children to become responsible global citizens who will help to change the world for the better. While Part 2, Creating Responsible Citizens in Our Schools and Communities, aims to promote a sense of aspiration and ambition within learners and also provide ideas for how they can make a positive difference to the school and the locality. Each assembly idea is presented in three ways: Three Star Assemblies: Help, I've hardly any time to plan an assembly! For these assemblies, you can simply pick up the book and read the story or account and follow the activities planned. Four Star Assemblies: These are for the occasions when you've got a bit longer to prepare, gather resources or get the children involved. Five Star Assemblies: Perhaps it is because Ofsted are about to arrive, but you want this assembly to be the best assembly ever! The book is aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3 (ages 7 - 14) and contains beautiful and thought-provoking colour photographs throughout, which are included on a free accompanying CD, making it even easier to jump straight into outstanding assemblies. The resources are also ideal for circle times, citizenship or PSHE lessons and philosophy for children (P4C) sessions.
A history of hunting and fishing through excerpted documents and as narrated by Gray's Sporting Journal columnist Will Ryan.
What is it that inspirational teachers do differently? In short, they plan for their pupils to be inspirational. Many teachers who join the teaching profession do so because they were taught by inadequate teachers and they feel they can provide a far better and more exciting education for youngsters than they received themselves. Whereas other teachers speak with clarity of detail about stimulating and influential teachers who inspired their lives and now they want to do the same. This book is an examination of what our most inspirational teachers do in order to get creative and inspirational responses from children. It aims to put fun back into teaching, provide a framework for creativity in the twenty first century and act as a book of hope for the new curriculum proposals. For primary school teachers.
Leadership with a Moral Purpose gives all primary heads - aspiring, newly appointed or those who think 'there must be something more than this!' - the ideas, techniques, tools and direction to turn their schools 'inside-out' and inspire them to lead with the heart and with the soul. Too many schools these days are 'outside-in' schools, running to keep up with someone else's agenda or priorities. In this timely book, Will Ryan gives Heads the confidence to do those things they know are right because they are right for the children, right for the staff and right for the community.
Northern Pike is the first complete book to cover all aspects of this exciting sport fish-- and all methods of fishing for it. Ryan begins by examining the habits, habitat, and life cycles of pike as they vary from winter through early spring, summer, and fall. He also thoroughly explores every successful pike-fishing technique, including fishing with bait, lures, and flies--and there is a special chapter on ice fishing. Northern Pike not only gives detailed information on how to catch this fish at every time of year, but also gives practical advice and tips on all aspects of equipment. Ryan traces the history of pike fishing--showing how the fishing methods that were popular in the past have evolved into the techniques used today. This book is filled with entertaining anecdotes about the author's lifetime of fishing, over eighty illustrations, and a color insert. It is the perfect companion for all anglers of this highly sought-after North American sport fish.
Will Ryan begins Northern Pike by examining the habits, habitats, and life cycles of pike as they vary from winter to early spring, summer, and fall. Every successful pike-fishing method is thoroughly explored, including fishing with flies, lures, and bait, with a special chapter on ice fishing. Northern Pike not only gives detailed information on how to catch this fish at every time of year, but also gives practical advice on a variety of equipment, tips, and techniques. The history of pike fishing is also revealed, as Ryan traces fishing methods that were popular in the past and shows how they have evolved into the techniques used today. Filled with entertaining, often hilarious anecdotes about the author's lifetime of fishing, Northern Pike is the perfect companion for all anglers of this highly sought-after North American sport fish.