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 […]

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Cultivating a Culture Club: A ResearchED Scandinavia Tangent

April 22, 2017


It’s lunchtime at ResearchED Scandinavia 2017. I’m sat in the gargantuan lobby of a gargantuan school in Norway that is hosting us. This morning I’ve heard some good sessions: one from David Didau that has generated some twitter activity, one from Tine Prøitz that has really got me thinking, and also one from Tom Bennett […]

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When Rhetoric and Reality Collide, Use Statistics

April 13, 2017


The DfE, and the government more widely, have got themselves into a bit of a pickle. The division between what they say they want to achieve and what they are actually doing has diverged so far that they are unable to reconcile the two: rhetoric and reality have boarded trains heading in two opposite directions.  […]

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Universally Unacclaimed: The Great VAT Debate 

April 7, 2017


The other night I tweeted out the following story, assuming that it would be a slam dunk with the twitterati, or at least the vast majority of them.  I mean, seriously, who on my timeline was going to dislike the idea of applying VAT to private education fees (I hadn’t even realised that they were […]

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Community Heartbeat

March 25, 2017


Upon becoming Headteacher at Canons two and a half years ago, I set out to bring together the disparate views of various people involved in the work of  our school into a medium-term vision for the road ahead. I won’t go into too many of the details here, but it involved conversations with governors, staff, […]

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Football Manager Syndrome: FFS! or DSS?

March 11, 2017


Perhaps one of the most pervasive myths around school leadership at the moment is what school leaders like to call Football Manager Syndrome (FMS for the remainder of this post). I wasn’t at the ASCL conference but I’m guessing that the words rang out on numerous occasions over the duration of the weekend.  The myth, […]

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Surgeon General’s Warning: Wielding a Smoking Gun is Bad for Education

March 4, 2017


This is going to be ranty blogpost. You have been warned!! This week I read (and largely welcomed the findings of) the Social Mobility Commission’s report into ‘Low income pupils’ progress at secondary school’ (link here). As a Headteacher of a school in an area that serves a large number of students from low income […]

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