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Oh What a Circus! Oh What a Show!

November 11, 2013


Schools aren’t entirely unlike circuses. (Bear with me on this one.) Everyday teachers up and down the country pull off the most ridiculous feats (cf the episode of Educating Yorkshire where Mr Burton used the King’s Speech film to make us all ooh and aah), logic-defying successes that rely upon a combination of skill, practice […]

The Gruffalo – An Allegory for Trojan Mice

October 20, 2013


Here is the opening to my #TLT13 presentation this week. The greatest allegory ever written isn’t Animal Farm by my literary hero (God, how he’d hate that description), George Orwell. Instead it is Julia Donaldson’s seminal ‘The Gruffalo’. Undetected for years, this ‘children’s book’ (and I’m doing the fingers version of inverted commas as I […]

My Toby Young Moment?

October 4, 2013


How to Lose Friends and Alienate People I’ve written one or two blogposts that have perhaps threatened to divide opinion, but I suspect that this is the one that will be most likely to lead to some “heated discussions” (there goes the euphemism klaxon). The reason for this suspicion, and the reason I have started […]

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 […]

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 […]