It’s a Myth-tery: 7 ways in which Ofsted are better than SLTs

October 11, 2014


This is a summary of my presentation to Teaching and Learning Takeover (TLT14) this October. The organisers asked me to base my presentation on my most-read blogpost The Myth of Progress Within Lessons. This is what I came up with. I began by reasserting my twin premises from the original blogpost: There is no such […]


SLEs – The Footsoldiers of System Leadership

October 8, 2014


This month the Canons Park Teaching School Alliance will be looking to appoint its first cohort of SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education). The details of how to apply and what we are looking for are available on our school website via this link. The alliance is led by two schools, Canons High (of which I […]

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Heads Up #3: Putting the Being into Wellbeing

September 20, 2014


To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? Now I’m not saying that life as a Head is a “sea of troubles” by using […]

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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 […]


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