The Secret Teacher, Staying the Course & Blowing Whistles

July 12, 2014

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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

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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 […]

Posted in: Education, Leadership

Securing Headship as a Member of SLT

May 22, 2014

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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

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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 […]

Clinical Practice in Education: Panacea, Placebo or Suppository

April 2, 2014

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Preamble Having written more than one blogpost criticising the use of medical language and metaphors in education, I rather find myself on the back foot with the title of this post and its content. Let me deal with that straight away. My concerns about Big Research in the form of Randomised Control Trials (taken from […]

Student Voice: An Educational Schlieffen Plan?

March 23, 2014

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Although I’m an English teacher by training and by trade, throughout further and higher education I was a student of both literature and history. The choice of the latter was unexpected for me: I’d only achieved a grade D in GCSE History, having failed to be ignited by the dampened matches of “the History of […]

Pedagoo London 2014 – Even More Gooey

March 10, 2014

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Well, what a day Saturday 8th March was! Pedagoo London returned, courtesy of the (and I know I’m biased here, but I don’t care) wonderful Hélène. The first event under this moniker was the best education conference I’ve ever been to in terms of the genuine warmth it exuded. I was worried beforehand that the […]

Posted in: Education, Personal
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