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Guerilla Recruitment & Beating the System

June 4, 2016


Back in 2011 the BBC News website reported that schools were spending an astonishing £293 million on supply staff. By 2015 that figure, as reported by the same news agency, had risen from the astonishing to the mind-boggling, with costs being reported as £733 million. I have no doubt about the fact that by […]

The White Paper: Not the Right Paper. Chapter 3: Nonsensical Ideas

March 23, 2016


Taking my lead from the DfE’s White Paper, ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ (EEE), I have written this blogpost in three chapters. The first was all about the ‘big ideas’ in the White Paper. The second was all about what I considered to be the ‘important ideas‘. In this final chapter I want to explain why I […]

The White Paper: Not the Right Paper. Chapter 2: Interesting Ideas

March 22, 2016


Yesterday I wrote the first chapter of my response to the DfE’s White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere (EEE). In it I outlined my thoughts about the ‘big ideas’, as I saw them, in the document. In this chapter I want to focus on the ‘interesting ideas’ before, in the next and final chapter, putting the […]

The White Paper: Not the Right Paper – Chapter 1: Big Ideas

March 21, 2016


It has taken me four days to get through the DfE’s White Paper, ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’. And when I say four days, I actually mean many, many hours. Far too many for a 128-page document. The last thing I read before it was Zola’s Thérèse Raquin and that took me less time despite weighing in […]

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 […]

Canons Park TSA Conference – 5th & 6th February 2016

December 3, 2015


“A lot has been said and written about ‘system leadership’ and the ‘self-improving school system’, but I am not always convinced that what is actually being done in the name of these concepts is being done well, being done right or being done in a way that ensures that it lasts.  When Canons set up […]

The Rocket Science of… Wellbeing

October 10, 2015


This is the first of what may become a series of posts written principally because I am fascinated by the fireworks-like ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ I get whenever I write or speak on the subject of school leadership. Digital colleagues on Twitter, and those sometime analogue colleagues I meet at Saturday conferences, frequently have very kind […]

If Jeremy Corbyn Were a Headteacher

October 10, 2015


Originally posted on Labour Teachers Watching the furore surrounding the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party and the tumultuous first week he has had in that role, it got me thinking about my own feisty first weeks as Headteacher a year ago. By extension, that got me wondering how his current […]

A Step Change for Ofsted? Stepping Out, not Stepping Up!

October 4, 2015


I hadn’t intended to write this post, but was rather provoked into doing so by this tweet from Sean Harford, with whom I was having a chat about the future of Ofsted. a To be fair, he was challenging me because I had just made it clear that I would never become an Ofsted inspector. […]

Zayn Malik, the Bullies and Me: Why I Left 1D or “The Story of MY Life”

September 26, 2015


“Written in these walls are the stories that I can’t explain.” I’ve always loved music, although I make no claims to be a purist in doing so.  Anything that makes me smile will do, and so the tracks on my ipod are eclectic if nothing else.  Perhaps what I love most about music is the […]