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The Picture of Hope Academy

"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde It started so well. A new dawn and a new 'Hope' Academy. There was money and there was passion. We... Continue Reading →

Gathering Facts and Stats in the SATs Storm

I want to see you sweating facts and sh*itting stats – Johnson (Peep Show) I have been contacted by so many heads (well over 100) about doing something about SATs but I feel we need to gather our facts and... Continue Reading →

Why SATs Must Change – Time to Act

I wrote a tweet on Friday that echoed my concerns regarding SATs. I have always been concerned about SATs but these last two years have highlighted these concerns to a point at which I feel that I can no longer... Continue Reading →

1000 Words – My Response to the National College regarding my NLE designation

"Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance." James Bryant Conant “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”  Groucho... Continue Reading →

Strong and Stable Leadership – and where to find it

I often look towards other people, leaders and leadership for inspiration. I find it in strange places. Recently all these have inspired me to reflect and be better at what I do, which is lead a school… Mandy Harvey on... Continue Reading →

Dark Futures – The Great Education Swindle

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 I love a dystopian narrative; one... Continue Reading →

Trad Troll Hunter Vrs Prog Troll Hunter – An Education Odyssey

Hans, trolljegeren: Have you got all the troll footage you need? I am all for calling out the trolls... Yeah! Beat those warty old slime balls back to their dank and mossy bridges, where they belong.  I am all for... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership – The Hawk and the Owl

I was once invulnerable. Nothing in leadership scared me. Nothing stopped me from doing what I felt was right... many mistakes later I am not so sure. Sometimes I feel like a skinned rabbit, splayed out on my back, in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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