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Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall – The Death of the Local Authority

  I wrote a tweet this week that read, ‘I am becoming of the opinion that it’s not schools that need that extra funding – it is local authorities. How have we let this happen?’ This statement was based on... 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 →

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 →

Time to Act on Finance Crisis in Schools: A letter to my school community

I really do think it is time to act on school finance. It may be too late for many. I documented the difficulties my school faced last year here: Reduce Reduce Reduce - An Education Legacy Constituents are being lied... Continue Reading →

Whiplash – is it too late to avoid education’s crash?

This is hardly my most structured rant but I am increasingly concerned that education is in crisis. I keep hearing worrying stories and tales - this is a reaction to that. I have no answers - only more questions and... Continue Reading →

Reduce Reduce Reduce – An Education Legacy

Should what a leader stands for matter more than what the leader does ? I wrote this tweet a few weeks ago. So often in headship we go through difficult times and I am a deeply committed and morally driven person. I... Continue Reading →

The Art of Peeling an Orange – Keeping schools true to their core.

I saw a box of Easy Peel Seedless Oranges in the supermarket yesterday they were next to a ready peeled box of orange segments. I love peeling oranges, breaking the skin, smelling that bitter sweet musky smell on my fingers... Continue Reading →

Weapons of Mass Education

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire I have re-read one of my favourite books of all time this week. Steven Pinker’s brilliant ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ in which he explores the... Continue Reading →

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