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‘Doing’ Human Resources as a Member of SLT

December 28, 2012

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Okay, okay. It’s been a while since my last advisory post on what my experiences as an Assistant Head and Deputy Head have taught me that might (or might not) be of use to anyone else looking to climb the greasy pole of school leadership. This post is about the most important part of the […]

That Was The Year That Was And Will Be

December 20, 2012

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12 Brilliant Things From 2012 1. Turning 40 – I had a fairly crap birthday for too many reasons to go into here, but I’ve always liked moving into a new decade and that sense of grownupness that comes with it. 2. Teaching School Preparation – My school received a grant to build capacity towards […]

BUS-ted: The Great Leadership Myth

December 16, 2012

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Hands up if you’ve ever heard of this one from the Leadership Guru, Jim Collins: In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the […]

A Jigsaw Piece in Search of a Puzzle

December 8, 2012

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Anybody else ever get the feeling that they don’t quite belong? I do. And I think I’ve always had it. Other people always seem so at ease with the world, seem so adept with other people and seem so unthwarted by everyday interactions. But as Hamlet says “Seems Madam. Nay it is. I know not […]

The DfE Consultation – The Questions

December 7, 2012

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Below are the questions on the DfE one reforms to KS4 assessment (the proposed replacement of GCSEs with EBCs and the like) alongside some quotes from the consultation document itself. There is no commentary from me here, but if you are concerned with what you read then I urge you to read the full consultation […]

An AGILE Approach to School Improvement

December 2, 2012

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A few months back I met up with an ex-student, @lizardfti for coffee. It isn’t something I make a habit of, to be honest. I’m just not that kind of teacher. I love working with students but always prioritise respect over warmth and don’t ever conceive of students as friends, however friendly we are with […]