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Undergirding and ESP

January 30, 2016


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 […]

Heads Up 1: Live It. Learn It.

September 3, 2014


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 […]

Securing Headship as a Member of SLT

May 22, 2014


I’ve blogged on quite a few aspects of my role as a member of two senior leadership teams: from data to line management and human resources, from Ofsted to Teaching Schools, from Student Leadership to Pedagogy. All of these posts are important to me, but this post is the one that delivers me into the […]

Pedagoo London 2014 – Even More Gooey

March 10, 2014


Well, what a day Saturday 8th March was! Pedagoo London returned, courtesy of the (and I know I’m biased here, but I don’t care) wonderful Hélène. The first event under this moniker was the best education conference I’ve ever been to in terms of the genuine warmth it exuded. I was worried beforehand that the […]

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 […]

Mr Podhajecki and the Airfix Kid

February 6, 2013


I sometimes think that the students who arrive at secondary schools are a bit like the Airfix kits that my brother used to love and be so brilliant at (we had them hanging from the ceiling in dogfighter poses). Some are fully fashioned, needing only the careful application of the stickers and paint to make […]