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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The First Rule of Ofsted Club? There is no Ofsted Club!

January 25, 2015


Dear Secret Leader, You don’t mind if I call you Secret Leader (perhaps SL for short) rather than Secret Teacher, do you? After all, it’s fairly apparent from your post that it’s written from a leadership perspective. Which is a bit sad when I come to think of it, that the discourse of leadership should […]

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Stop The Ride! I Don’t Wanna Get Off!!

December 24, 2014


And so my first term as a Headteacher has come screeching to a stop. On the first day proper of my holidays (weekends never count) I’m knees deep in my third cold of the term and nuzzled in the bosom of my North East home. It’s a good time to stop and reflect on what […]

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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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