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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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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 →

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 →

Computer Love – Why I’m not worried about Machine Learning

I don't know what to do I need a rendezvous Computer love Computer love Kraftwerk Other than worrying about a world war triggered via twitter by the fiery incompetence and lies of world ‘leaders’; this week I have been musing... Continue Reading →

My Exclusion Blog: Mischief and craft

'The most famous octopus anecdotes are tales of escape and thievery' In Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith he also quotes Claudia Aelianus, third century AD, writing about octopus - 'Mischief and craft are plainly seen to be characteristics of this... Continue Reading →

Reconciliation 2018 – 5 things we MUST get right this year

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I’m still here… I had my funny five minutes and threatened to slam the door on twitter… A couple of people gave a damn (thank you) and I got over it. My reason for my tantrum will... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Time in Leadership – some thoughts on love and understanding

Every now and then being a school leader means you have to stand up to, or unwillingly meet, the gaze of heartache and conflict. In school leadership you become part of other peoples battles. No one faces this willingly. These... Continue Reading →

The Integrity Measure – why education needs it.

Three Year Ones tentatively appeared outside my office yesterday, (two boys and a girl). They had navigated the many corridors and stairs from the far reaches of the 'other side' of our large building to get to the Head Master's... Continue Reading →

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