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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 →

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 →

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