Iesha Small

writer, thinker, experimenter

Exploring society, education, nature and a meaningful life.



Stuff I write about

I write about a range of issues including society, education and the human side of leadership.

I have written in print and online for national media, specialist educational publications and a wide range of blogs. I’m especially interested in how wider inequalities in society affect children, young people and teachers.

I also have also helped organisations craft first person stories to share messages that matter to them internally and externally.

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The Unexpected Leader: Exploring the real nature of values, authenticity and moral purpose in educationCrown House, (2019)

Digital Dilemmas: Transforming Gender Identities and Power Relations in Everyday Life (contributing author), Palgrave McMillan (2019)

What is Masculinity? Why Does it matter? And other Big Questions (contributing author), Wayland, (2019)

Don’t change the light bulbs: A compendium of expertise from the UK’s most switched-on educators (contributing author), Crown House, (2014)


11 Aug 2020, HuffPost, Homeschooling My Child Taught Me What I Already Knew. We Need Change

20 Aug 2019, The Guardian, I don’t blame any teacher for not coming out as gay 

15th August 2019, Women Ed Blog, The things I don’t tell you

3 May 2019, Primary School Management, Introverts can be school leaders too

2 May 2019, Teachwire, Introverted teachers have a key role to play in schools 

8 January 2019, The Guardian,  Teachers are facing a barrage of questions about Brexit. They can’t stay quiet

8 October 2018, LKMco, Why I no longer believe in social mobility

2 July 2018, Schools Week, Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week 

4 June 2018, Schools Week, Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week

15 May 2018, TES, What teachers should know about pupils in poverty

15 May 2018, LKMco, Tools that make flexible working easy 

30 April 2018, Schools Week, Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week

19 March 2018, Schools Week, Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week

19 February 2018 Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week 

22 December 2017, TES, It’s not just the pay- it’s about flexible working and the profession’s job satisfaction 

18 September 2017, Schools Week, Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week 18 September 2017

14 September 2017, TES, Keeping young homeless people in education should be a priority

16 July 2017, Schools Week, The best emerging education bloggers of 2017

10 July 2017, LKMco How research can have a place in the maths classroom

19 June 2017, Schools Week, Iesha Small’s top blogs of the week

21 March 2017, LKMco, How creativity links to autonomy

14 March 2017, LKMco, True autonomy needs skills and knowledge as well as freedom

29 September 2016, Media Diversified, Calling selective schools ‘new grammars’ won’t eliminate the old problems

15 May 2016, Schools Week, High Challenge, Low Threat: finding the balance

11 Feb 2016, LKMco, Fair access means universities levelling the playing field on personal statements

11 Sept 2015, The 405, Exploring self-loathing in hip-hop via Notorious B.I.G’s Ready to Die album


A place to call home: Understanding Youth Homelessness, LKMco (2017). Summary version here

The Talent Challenge: The looming teacher recruitment crisis in England’s state schools and what to do about it, LKMco, (2017)

Mindshackles: Personal stories of reclaiming life from mental ill health, (2013-2016)