Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2013«

If there is hope… it lies with the proles

January 30, 2013

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This is one of my ‘not off to a good start’ blogposts. You may not realise it yet, but when you understand that the ‘proles’ of this piece are standard scale classroom teachers then you’ll know what I mean. The fact that I am a member of SLT doesn’t help. Even my boast that I […]

The Case for the Defence

January 20, 2013

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Okay. This is likely to be the bravest/stupidest post that I have ever written. I may upset people I like. I may anger people I respect. I may lose people I would rather keep. In all reality it is intended as a piece of advice to myself to avoid falling into a beartrap that I […]

A Single Twigg Breaks But the Bundle of Twigs is Strong

January 16, 2013

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Remember when Stephen Twigg beat Michael Portillo in the 1997 General Election? I do. As a lifelong Labour supporter born in 1972 it was a cathartic moment. After the false dawn of 1992 (“It’s Time for Change” was a much better slogan than Kinnock’s “Well alright” of the cringe-making Sheffield Rally) it was finally clear […]

‘Doing’ Line Management as a Member of SLT

January 12, 2013

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This is my third ‘Doing’ post about what I have learned about senior leadership from my eight years as Assistant and Deputy Headteacher. The previous two, on ‘Doing’ Data and ‘Doing’ Human Resources are amongst the most read posts on this blogsite. With this one, about ‘Doing’ Line Management I want to use the same […]

Just Around the Riverbend

January 8, 2013

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The title of this post, as any parent of a young girl will tell you, is the name of a song from the Disney film ‘Pocahontas’. Click on this link if you haven’t had the fortune to watch it before. Following a flurry of tweets with @Gwenelope about Disney films and their songs I hunted […]

My Bloody Rubbish and Bloody Brilliant Blogging

January 6, 2013

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I’m a bloody rubbish blogger. There is absolutely no coherence in what my blogsite is for, with a random mix of posts, from the professional to the personal to the plain bizarre (see my posts on Michael Wilshaw, Page 3 Models and a Dead Cat if you don’t believe me in the latter). I’m a […]

The Old Fisherman and the Villagers

January 3, 2013

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Once upon a time there was an Old Man who loved to fish in the gentle waters of the sea near his village. He was a tremendously adept angler who could anchor his boat skilfully in just the right place, bait his hook artfully with just the right morsel and cast his line carefully so […]