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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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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 →

Trad Troll Hunter Vrs Prog Troll Hunter – An Education Odyssey

Hans, trolljegeren: Have you got all the troll footage you need? I am all for calling out the trolls... Yeah! Beat those warty old slime balls back to their dank and mossy bridges, where they belong.  I am all for... Continue Reading →

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Grammar Schools

“There is repeated evidence that any appearance of advantage for those attending selective schools is outweighed by the disadvantage for those who do not” Professor Stephen Gorard of Durham University. I have been reading Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way... Continue Reading →

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