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Lord Agnew, the Policies of Inequality and their Impact on Schools

There are many things in UK politics that are hard to stomach right now. As we slowly watch our country tear itself apart I thought it could not get any worse… and then I read the Schools Week exclusive on... Continue Reading →

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The School Delusion

"You seem to be lost in a world of statistics when these headteachers who wrote this letter to their parents yesterday are dealing with the reality and you can quote as many numbers as you like about what you say... Continue Reading →

If the Kids are United… Thoughts on Student Climate Change Action

Just take a look around you, What do you see? Kids with feelings, Like you and me. Understand him, he'll understand you; For you are him, and he is you. Sham 69 So, the half term twitter spat has revealed... Continue Reading →

The Murmuring – A generational crisis in our schools #school

Once the strange West Country tradition of Carnival is over, winter, like a sad assassin, slowly takes control. I love this time of year. My drive to work is punctuated by the dead leaves eddying as the light wakes up.... Continue Reading →

Cruel Britannia – our lack of trust in education is a barrier we must overcome.

On Tuesday we will be able to read a ‘state of the nation’ study of England’s education system published by the Institute of Education. It is already causing quite a storm because it is clear that the report will highlight... Continue Reading →

Custodians of Hope

I have been at breaking point this week. Long hours, emotional lows, staffing complications, the worries that only a head teacher can feel and a busy and complex home life that has left me feeling like it would take just... 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 →

Blood on the Keyboard

Prof: You know that song, "dur, dur-dur, dur-dur-dur, dur-dur-dur-dur"... that's your favourite, that is. That's your favourite no 1 song of all time. Oh, you've had a haircut. HAIRCUT! HAIRCUT! Lewis: See that Theo Kojak? That's you, that is.  Prof:... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: Getting caught up in the negative

Never have I been more uncertain standing up for what I believe in. Never have I felt more exposed or more vulnerable... So says the blogging head teacher. There is a palpable buzz of anger and disappointment around education right... Continue Reading →

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