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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 →

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Wake Up – Education version Two Zero One Nine

How long, not long because what you reap is what you sow! Rage Against the Machine - Wake UpIf you sit on the fence for too long it will break. There comes a time that you need to wake up... 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 →

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 →

You Are Not the Messiah – KA-POW! to the super hero myth.

We can be heroes just for one day We can be us just for one day - Bowie I am not a super hero. I am a head teacher. A paid professional working in the education sector (despite recent claims... Continue Reading →

Step Up to the Mic – The great education debate 2018

‘Are there enough opportunities for all sides of the education spectrum to come together to discuss education in the spirit of learning rather than opposition?’ Recently, I have found myself questioning my purpose within our education system. There is nothing... Continue Reading →

Rogue One: Why do teachers hate Ofsted?

Why is it that Ofsted makes so many head teachers go on the immediate defensive? It seems to me that no matter your standing in the Ofsted hierarchy most head teachers or teachers I meet would, if they could, do... Continue Reading →

Breaking Heads – How far is too far?

I have been a head teacher for 16 years. At my Performance Management this week my governors asked about my well being. EVERY governing body should be asking that question right now because headship has become toxic. That is not... 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 →

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