Heads Up #2: Life in the Crow’s Nest

September 13, 2014


In my first blogpost as Headteacher I pondered on the nature of my new role, suggesting that there is a figurehead element to it and/or a masthead element to it. This week has certainly been a ‘masthead’ kinda week, to the extent that I’m beginning to question the phrase ‘learning curve': my learning is happening […]

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Confessions of a Wondering Horse

September 7, 2014


More than 24 hours after the conclusion of researchED14 and I have to confess to feeling more than a little guilty. Given that I’m a Catholic (of the non-practising kind once I realised that practise would never make perfect in my case) this is not an unnatural position. But the one element of Catholicism I […]

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Heads Up 1: Live It. Learn It.

September 3, 2014


To paraphrase John Thomsett, I’ve been a Headteacher for just three days and this much I think I know already! 1. Being out of ‘limbo’ is good. Ever since I knew that the former Head was retiring I’ve been in a state of limbo. Initially this was because of waiting for the job to be […]

The Secret Teacher, Staying the Course & Blowing Whistles

July 12, 2014


This morning I read and retweeted a Guardian ‘Secret Teacher’ article on the horrendous mess to which high stakes accountability and it’s recently deepened links to performance related pay (PRP) have led. I liked it, at least in the sense that I found it awful but was glad to see it placed in the public […]

Baby, I’m a STAR (Interviewee)!!

June 22, 2014


Okay. I’ll admit it. Sometimes I write blogposts just so that I can crowbar in some favourite choons of mine. And this one is a case in point. Kind of. I’m also writing it because, every so often, I get a DM from someone asking me, from my vantage point as a school leader, about […]

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Securing Headship as a Member of SLT

May 22, 2014


I’ve blogged on quite a few aspects of my role as a member of two senior leadership teams: from data to line management and human resources, from Ofsted to Teaching Schools, from Student Leadership to Pedagogy. All of these posts are important to me, but this post is the one that delivers me into the […]

Making Little Research Big – A Meeting With Kevan Collins

April 2, 2014


Since becoming members of the Teacher Development Trust’s ‘National Teacher Enquiry Network’ a number of opportunities have come the way of Canons High School. The latest of these was a general invitation to NTEN members to meet as a very small (I hesitate to use the word intimate) group with the CEO of the Education […]


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