Undergirding and ESP

January 30, 2016

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About three years ago, in the middle of an SLT meeting, I used the word ‘undergird’ to describe how we needed to support staff. As is their wont, a couple of my colleagues reached for their smartphone to google (other search engines can be used) to check whether or not I had coined yet another […]

The Mysterious Resurrection of the Norwegian Blue National Strategies

January 10, 2016

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“I wish to register a complaint.” Thus begins the famous “Dead Parrot” sketch from the Monty Python team.¬† Well, I wish to take up the complaint because, like John Cleese’s Mr Praline character¬†in the sketch, I feel like someone keeps trying to sell me (and the education system generally) a dead parrot. In this instance […]

Canons Park TSA Conference – 5th & 6th February 2016

December 3, 2015

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“A lot has been said and written about ‘system leadership’ and the ‘self-improving school system’, but I am not always convinced that what is actually being done in the name of these concepts is being done well, being done right or being done in a way that ensures that it lasts.  When Canons set up […]

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The Rocket Science of… Wellbeing

October 10, 2015

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This is the first of what may become a series of posts written principally because I am fascinated by the fireworks-like ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ I get whenever I write or speak on the subject of school leadership. Digital colleagues on Twitter, and those sometime analogue colleagues I meet at Saturday conferences, frequently have very kind […]

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If Jeremy Corbyn Were a Headteacher

October 10, 2015

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Originally posted on Labour Teachers Watching the furore surrounding the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party and the tumultuous first week he has had in that role, it got me thinking about my own feisty first weeks as Headteacher a year ago. By extension, that got me wondering how his current […]

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A Step Change for Ofsted? Stepping Out, not Stepping Up!

October 4, 2015

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I hadn’t intended to write this post, but was rather provoked into doing so by this tweet from Sean Harford, with whom I was having a chat about the future of Ofsted. a To be fair, he was challenging me because I had just made it clear that I would never become an Ofsted inspector. […]

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Zayn Malik, the Bullies and Me: Why I Left 1D or “The Story of MY Life”

September 26, 2015

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“Written in these walls are the stories that I can’t explain.” I’ve always loved music, although I make no claims to be a purist in doing so.  Anything that makes me smile will do, and so the tracks on my ipod are eclectic if nothing else.  Perhaps what I love most about music is the […]

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