Nailing my Colours to the Mast

June 6, 2017


A few days ago I received this tweet from Laura McInerney.  Which included a link to this Guardian article she had written.  Now it’s always nice to be name-checked for something, and even more so when that name-check is for a very well-intentioned article on an issue you care deeply about, by a person you […]

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Canons High School Staff Testimonials

May 11, 2017


In my last blogpost I wrote about the kind of school we try to be at Canons. In response, someone suggested that I try to capture staff perspectives about working at the school. What a great idea, I thought. The next day I asked staff in briefing to contribute their thoughts so that I could […]

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The Job Advert I Really Want to Write

May 1, 2017


Are you looking for a school that cares as much for its staff as for its students: a school that knows that it is only through caring for staff that it can care for students? Are you bruised and battered by your experiences in the education sector: contemplating leaving work in schools because of the […]

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What I Learned as one of the rED Scand Gang

April 25, 2017


ResearchED is an edugeek’s paradise Even though we had thoroughly recharged our batteries over Easter and only been back at work for four days (three if you discount the INSET day – which of course we DON’T), it was bloody lovely to get away from it all to the second, and hopefully annual, ResearchED Scandinavia […]

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Cultivating a Culture Club: A ResearchED Scandinavia Tangent

April 22, 2017


It’s lunchtime at ResearchED Scandinavia 2017. I’m sat in the gargantuan lobby of a gargantuan school in Norway that is hosting us. This morning I’ve heard some good sessions: one from David Didau that has generated some twitter activity, one from Tine Prøitz that has really got me thinking, and also one from Tom Bennett […]

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When Rhetoric and Reality Collide, Use Statistics

April 13, 2017


The DfE, and the government more widely, have got themselves into a bit of a pickle. The division between what they say they want to achieve and what they are actually doing has diverged so far that they are unable to reconcile the two: rhetoric and reality have boarded trains heading in two opposite directions.  […]

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Universally Unacclaimed: The Great VAT Debate 

April 7, 2017


The other night I tweeted out the following story, assuming that it would be a slam dunk with the twitterati, or at least the vast majority of them.  I mean, seriously, who on my timeline was going to dislike the idea of applying VAT to private education fees (I hadn’t even realised that they were […]

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