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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 →

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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 →

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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