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Complexity and School Leadership: Exploring the Rabbit Hole

January 21, 2023


“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” Lewis Carroll […]

New Year. New Future.

January 2, 2023


I haven’t written a blogpost for some time now and so it makes sense, as one of my New Year’s resolutions, to try again with something that brought me so much joy and connection (the two are connected) when I used to blog regularly. That is just one of my many resolutions this January. I […]

ResearchED 2019 National Conference – My Favourite So Far

September 7, 2019


It’s that time again. All the hope of a new school year combined with the body shock of getting up early each morning. And then, just as we think the endless first week has ended, we submit ourselves to the rigours of academic thinking that we hope will be of some use to us in […]

Working with Complexity in School Leadership

November 11, 2017


Today saw the end of our Teaching School Alliance’s first iteration of our programme ‘Working with Complexity in School Leadership’. After six Saturday morning sessions across 2017, the six members of our first cohort bade farewell to one another at the conclusion of what, for me, has been the most interesting and enjoyable CPDL of […]

CPDL at Canons in 2016/17

July 1, 2017


This year at Canons, our People & Professionalism Team took the bold step of making all our non-departmental, non-year team meetings optional to staff. Many years ago we made our Teaching and Learning Communities (TLCs) optional in terms of which ones teachers could choose (so many schools still direct staff), but this was the next […]

Family Partnerships at Canons

June 27, 2017


Building Family Partnerships: The InvolvEd way. This post was written by Darren Silver, the Digital Advocate at Canons High School, about his work developing and trialling an app with InvolvEd.  Let’s be honest, in the world of education it is no secret that parental engagement is crucial when it comes to improving student learning outcomes. […]

Nailing my Colours to the Mast

June 6, 2017


A few days ago I received this tweet from Laura McInerney.  Which included a link to this Guardian article she had written.  Now it’s always nice to be name-checked for something, and even more so when that name-check is for a very well-intentioned article on an issue you care deeply about, by a person you […]

Canons High School Staff Testimonials

May 11, 2017


In my last blogpost I wrote about the kind of school we try to be at Canons. In response, someone suggested that I try to capture staff perspectives about working at the school. What a great idea, I thought. The next day I asked staff in briefing to contribute their thoughts so that I could […]

The Job Advert I Really Want to Write

May 1, 2017


Are you looking for a school that cares as much for its staff as for its students: a school that knows that it is only through caring for staff that it can care for students? Are you bruised and battered by your experiences in the education sector: contemplating leaving work in schools because of the […]

What I Learned as one of the rED Scand Gang

April 25, 2017


ResearchED is an edugeek’s paradise Even though we had thoroughly recharged our batteries over Easter and only been back at work for four days (three if you discount the INSET day – which of course we DON’T), it was bloody lovely to get away from it all to the second, and hopefully annual, ResearchED Scandinavia […]