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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 →

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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 →

The ORIGINAL White Paper: Found in a Westminster Pub

Any old wisdom is good if somebody has understood it. A wisdom that hasn't been understood may get covered in dust.  Daniil Kharms Today I Wrote Nothing I was out ‘socialising’ with @theprimaryhead and @MrBaxter74 in The Marquis Of Westminster... Continue Reading →

My Bowie Education.

Growing up on a council estate can be tough, especially if you feel different (and everybody feels different). I remember walking through the alley way to my local secondary. I was wearing my mother’s long black dress, with black jeans... Continue Reading →

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