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Only Ofsted Can Save Us.

Sarah Belding: Be careful. You're a man who makes people afraid, and that's dangerous.  The Stranger: It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid. High Plains Drifter This week, as I digested Bomb Evacuation Procedures; witnessed and... Continue Reading →

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Grammar Schools

“There is repeated evidence that any appearance of advantage for those attending selective schools is outweighed by the disadvantage for those who do not” Professor Stephen Gorard of Durham University. I have been reading Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way... Continue Reading →

‘Leaders have not…’ Ofsted Chants from the Football Terraces

'I was just saying to your colleague, the referee has got me the sack, thank him ever so much for that, won't you?' England’s Graham Taylor to a linesman School leadership is under fire. I have read a 'horde of... Continue Reading →

Spit 16’s – Fakers will fake.

Yeah yeah yeah... I know, I am OPH. Grey, tired and quite possibly past my ticket to the great headteacher scrap-heap in the clouds. It is only a matter of time. As you trendy, trad, post progressive, digital natives get your... Continue Reading →

Complete Idiots Guide to the Book of Education -Part 1

Education is full of words and phrases that beam an afterglow of pompous certainty. They create and promote their own myths and so many of us accept them as though they are gospel - the truth of some deranged and... Continue Reading →

Time to Act on Finance Crisis in Schools: A letter to my school community

I really do think it is time to act on school finance. It may be too late for many. I documented the difficulties my school faced last year here: Reduce Reduce Reduce - An Education Legacy Constituents are being lied... Continue Reading →

OBEY – the rules.

This is a thought piece about a simple word in education, a word I take issue with... obedience. This may be click bait... but I am not out to tie a burning straw man to a pole on this one.... Continue Reading →

That Advert…

We are living in interesting times. My wife has rolled her eyes at me more times this weekend than in our 30 year relationship (we met very young). This is due to my insistence to get involved in ‘detention gate’... Continue Reading →

Whiplash – is it too late to avoid education’s crash?

This is hardly my most structured rant but I am increasingly concerned that education is in crisis. I keep hearing worrying stories and tales - this is a reaction to that. I have no answers - only more questions and... Continue Reading →

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