When Rhetoric and Reality Collide, Use Statistics

April 13, 2017

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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 DebateĀ 

April 7, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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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Why I (largely) left teaching behind

February 19, 2017

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This morning I found this tweet waiting for me.  The first thing I thought was “how on earth am I going to get a response to this into 140 characters?” Having pondered it a little more I had resigned myself to the fact that it would probably be a series of tweets, each one with […]

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Seven Key Questions for the Chartered College of TeachingĀ 

February 17, 2017

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Preamble I was fortunate enough to wangle a place at the launch of the Chartered College of Teaching inaugural conference today (16 Feb 2017) in spite of not yet being a member. And I mean that “yet”. I’m a big fan of the idea of a professional body or, in the more earnest jargon, learned […]

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