The Impoverishment of Policies on Poverty

June 28, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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