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‘Doing’ Teaching Schools as a Member of SLT

June 9, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]