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‘Doing’ Teaching Schools as a Member of SLT

June 9, 2013


This ‘doing’ post is all about the work that I have been engaged in as a Deputy Head in the last year and a half or so. It comes with a bit of a health warning in that the school I am employed by is not actually a Teaching School. Last year we received a […]

Give it away. Give it away. Give it away now.

June 3, 2013


This is the most uncomfortable I have been starting a post: much more uncomfortable than I was writing the one about the ten best education policies by Michael Gove. I have spent 36 hours actively mulling over whether to write it now and at least six months pondering the general theme, a theme I touched […]

There’s only one F in Ofsted

May 19, 2013


Imagine if the teaching profession en masse were given a magic lamp with their very own genie in it, and that every teacher were given a vote on a collective three wishes. There would, I think, be two certainties and one highly contested third wish. The certainties would be that something pretty awful would befall […]

Spirit Levels: Exorcising The Ghost of Assessment Past

May 12, 2013


National Curriculum Levels are dead. That’s the starting point of this post. In secondary schools, at KS3, they have been dead for 5 years now. They were brutally and fatally assaulted with the disastrous KS3 tests of 2007 and then dispatched with a bullet to the head in 2008 when the SATs were scrapped by […]

Performing Monkeys

April 29, 2013


This is a post about performance as an adjective and performing as a verb in the context of teachers. In some senses, given the current context, that makes it also about performance-related pay (PRP) but I want it to be about more than that. I want it to be about the whole hoop-jumping extravaganza that […]

Play-Park Pedagogy for Trojan Mice

April 20, 2013


Since writing my post about Trojan Mice for March’s Pedagoo London event I have been extremely flattered by the support for the concept by many people here on twitter and in the blogosphere. It seems that the core message (that we work in a complex adaptive education system and so must embrace practitioner-led, classroom-focused, small-scale […]

Ten Commandments for School Leaders

April 7, 2013


A word or two about this religious-sounding blogpost before I begin in the form of an explanation and two apologies. The explanation is that it is a Sunday morning and I’ve found myself meditating on the nature of school leadership, particularly the type that gets my goat in its limited nature. Coincidentally I have just […]

It’s Just One Effing Thing After Another

March 26, 2013


The title of this post, impishly supplied by @LearningSpy, is a quote from Alan Bennett’s wonderful The History Boys that seems like a perfect summary of my bonkers life in the last week. It has been a week that has drawn me into the orbit of four key policy makers past and present to hear […]

‘Doing’ Student Leadership as a Member of SLT

March 18, 2013


I have a confession to make about this latest chapter in the intermittent ‘doing’ series of posts: I have not led on student leadership in over five years. Because of this one of the first things I am going to do is acknowledge the fact that things have moved well beyond the things I am […]

‘Doing’ Pedagogy as a Member of SLT

February 17, 2013


This is the ‘doing’ post that I most feel the need to write. It is the part of my work on two Senior Leadership Teams of which I am most proud, mainly because it is the thing I most believe in as a way to make schools better. Curriculum reform is interesting but soulless. Staff […]