The Art of Standing Out was one of the first books I bought as a new headteacher. Having just paused for Christmas, I thought that now would be a good time to digest it.

Andrew Morrish’s writing style makes his book very easy to read with some absolutely hilarious anecdotes to get his point across.

As an ex-Ofsted inspector, Andrew wanted to turn ‘Outstanding’ on its head. A word which is synonymous with burnt-out teachers and unrealistic expectations. However, Andrew argues that it doesn’t have to be this way.

He succinctly shares his successes and failures as a headteacher, both of which I have found tremendously helpful. Andrew not only paints a picture of what schools should aim for, but shares his own learning journey in this- including all the heartache.

Furthermore, he asks his readers a powerful question: what are you willing to take a bullet for? 

Reading this book has helped me get back to my core values and beliefs. I know what they are and I know how they impact what I do. However, it’s essential to keep what is important central to everything. There is never a dull moment as a teacher or headteacher but that mustn’t become our weakness and allow us to focus on what we are aiming to achieve.