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PiXL Pearls Podcasts by Sir John Rowling

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Sir John Rowling is the Founder-Director of PiXL, an organisation of 3000 schools operating together to raise standards and equip leaders in our education system. The Leadership Pearls  draws on his 50 plus years' experience in education to explore different elements of what it is to be a leader and how we can become even better leaders. The Pearls are here to inspire and encourage, motivate and challenge so that we can have an even greater impact. They might also help you feel strengthened in your own leadership wherever you are.

The Pearl podcasts will be released every fortnight, they are for anyone, not just PiXL schools.  Our aim is help people understand who we are and what we stand for and the importance we place on helping people feel valued, loved, encouraged, equipped (VLEE from Goodhart’s work).

We hope that these Pearls podcasts will enable people to take 10 minutes out of busy schedules to reflect and be inspired. People may listen to them on the commute into work or on the way back from a tough day - either way, we hope that people leave them feeling energised and inspired.

The PiXL podcasts are available on a wide range of platforms including: 


Latest episode (out Sunday 5th April): A life of contrast


In this episode, Sir John Rowling speaks of the 'highs and lows' we all experience in education, and how we must take them in our strides. Handling the highs and lows and managing yourself is a great quality in successful leadership. This is not an advocacy for stoicism but rather balance, says Sir John, in order to exercise true leadership and help bring others through the ups and downs. 

PiXL Pearls is a We Are In Beta production