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Undergirding and ESP

January 30, 2016

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About three years ago, in the middle of an SLT meeting, I used the word ‘undergird’ to describe how we needed to support staff. As is their wont, a couple of my colleagues reached for their smartphone to google (other search engines can be used) to check whether or not I had coined yet another […]

The Mysterious Resurrection of the Norwegian Blue National Strategies

January 10, 2016

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“I wish to register a complaint.” Thus begins the famous “Dead Parrot” sketch from the Monty Python team.¬† Well, I wish to take up the complaint because, like John Cleese’s Mr Praline character¬†in the sketch, I feel like someone keeps trying to sell me (and the education system generally) a dead parrot. In this instance […]

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

July 11, 2015

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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 […]

Doing Distributive Leadership as a Headteacher

June 2, 2015

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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 […]

It’s a Myth-tery: 7 ways in which Ofsted are better than SLTs

October 11, 2014

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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 […]

Heads Up 1: Live It. Learn It.

September 3, 2014

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To paraphrase John Thomsett, I’ve been a Headteacher for just three days and this much I think I know already! 1. Being out of ‘limbo’ is good. Ever since I knew that the former Head was retiring I’ve been in a state of limbo. Initially this was because of waiting for the job to be […]

The Secret Teacher, Staying the Course & Blowing Whistles

July 12, 2014

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This morning I read and retweeted a Guardian ‘Secret Teacher’ article on the horrendous mess to which high stakes accountability and it’s recently deepened links to performance related pay (PRP) have led. I liked it, at least in the sense that I found it awful but was glad to see it placed in the public […]