The Impoverishment of Policies on Poverty

June 28, 2015

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Labour Teachers Blogpost –   “Education. Education. Education.” Those famous top three priorities of the soon to be incoming Blairite administration. True, there was an awful lot of money thrown at schools in the late-1990s and early-2000s. Much of it did a lot of good too. Much more of it, however, went the way all public […]

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The Plane Absurdity of Autocratic Rulers

June 28, 2015

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First of all, apologies to all English teachers and fastidious grammarians out there for the title of this post. I am utterly convinced that you will be fidgeting uncomfortably at the sight of the misspelling in the title. Rest assured, fellow travellers, it’s a homophone deliberately wrought for artistic effect. I have my license to […]

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Just Answer the Bloody Question

June 8, 2015

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Originally posted on the Labour Teachers blog site.  Imagine. You’ve settled your feisty little year seven class down after a wind-swept, thunder-stricken, snow-confettied lunch-break. If you’re a teacher you’ll get the picture instantly. You survey the now-impeccably-behaved, lion-tamed cohort in front of you, put the chair and whip away (metaphorically-speaking for any safeguarding-smitten inspectorate out […]

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Doing Distributive Leadership as a Headteacher

June 2, 2015

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This is my first ‘doing’ post as a Headteacher, but I thought it was about time to begin looking back at what has been going on at Canons since I took a hold of the reins last September.  In fact, the aim of this post is to show how I have tried not to take […]

A Proposition: Reposition the Supposition of Opposition

May 26, 2015

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This was first posted on the Labour Teachers blog site.  Keven Bartle is the Headteacher of Canons High School in Edgware, NW London, which is a Teaching School as part of the Canons Park Alliance. He is lifelong Labour supporter from one of the few remaining bastions of Labour support, the North East. He tweets […]

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From Cliche to Clique: A Bluffers’ Guide to SLT

April 19, 2015

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Ever mindful of my role in persuading others to join the ranks of senior leadership, I am writing this post to outline the dos and don’ts of “talking the talk” to enable you to “walk the talk” of SLT membership.  I take as my inspiration this poster on quoting Shakespeare (if you haven’t seen it […]

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No more ‘data to drive up standards’ please!  Let’s use standards to drive up data. 

March 3, 2015

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Effective use of data in schools: a case study – a transcript  This post is the transcript of a presentation I gave to the Westminster Education Forum on the 5th February 2015. I have not corrected any punctuation or other errors.  Thank you. This is the part that where people who can’t spell the word […]

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