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Crime and Punishment: DFE data inequality.

You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot. Stanley Kubrick I am an optimist, an idealist. I am sure that in the future someone will read this blog with a mixture of bewilderment and contempt... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: The Rise of the Blue Print (otherwise known as Purple Pen Syndrome)

An over-reliance on past successes is a sure blue print for future failures - Henry Petroski I once worked with a head teacher whose school was graded outstanding and had the following opening lines in Ofsted’s letter to the children,... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership – The Basic Instincts of Governance

It was my first ever social with governors. It was my second year in teaching – All foppish hair, ideals and green ill-fitting corduroy jacket. I had a pint and we moved to the circle of chairs. There were seven... Continue Reading →

A NEW approach to Lesson Observations 2015/16

It's time to rethink the way my school approaches lesson observations again. I have not done traditional graded lesson observations for some time now and have flit between thinking this is a good and a bad idea. In truth I... Continue Reading →

Why I Think Parents Should Not Have the Power to Sack The Headteacher

“I pity the fool who stands in the way of a parent and their child’s happiness…” If Mr T was Education Minister he may have said this, gold chains dangling in the setting sun casting light across his angry sneer.... Continue Reading →

The Promise of a New School Year

I wasn’t looking forward to it but once it started it felt great to be back at school this week. At first it was a little like being in the Banksy Caravan Simulator - familiar but disorientating. But as the... Continue Reading →

Holiday! Celebrate!

“There is more to life than making a living. Do not work more than you live." Mokokoma Mokhonoana What is it about taking term time holiday that gets so many people hot under the collar? Holiday's are an education. Holiday's... Continue Reading →

#ChineseSchool – The Formula for TV Success

On Tuesday night I read the many #Chineseschool tweets thinking, "What is this trying to prove?" That a particular teaching method is better than another? That British children are unruly? That British teaching makes British children less able to learn... Continue Reading →

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