A Boxer Rebellion En Route to the Knacker’s Yard?

July 28, 2015


To start, an English teacher’s confession.  The first literary character that almost literally broke my heart was not Romeo or Juliet (or their contemporary equivalents, Kevin or Sadie from Across the Barricades), not Tess, not Cathy, and not even for Philip Pirrip.  No, the first time my tears stained the pages of a novel (or, in […]

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My Mentor: The Crazed Loony Leftie?

July 20, 2015


Posted on Labour Teachers.  I’ve posted before (on my dailygenius blogsite) about Mr Podhajecki. On that occasion it was about how he helped me through a difficult point in my personal life, and how I became a teacher largely because of him. Just as importantly, though, Mr Pod – as he always was and always […]

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The Tree Doesn’t Plead with the Poorly-Placed Palisade

July 11, 2015


It was with a certain amount of reluctance that I agreed to be interviewed by a Schools Week reporter about my views on the government’s decision not to include legacy qualifications in the 2018 performance tables.  That reluctance was twofold. Firstly because by placing one’s head over the parapet (individually), and one’s Head over the […]

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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 […]


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