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Lead Well – or die trying.

Oh, in no time at all This'll be the distant past Father John Misty - Ballad of a dying man Very recently I have had to admit to myself that I am not made of iron; that I cannot just... Continue Reading →

The Great Wall of EduTwitter and why we need it.

“I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Twitterer.” - UK tweetcher, Jon F Kipper, June 26th 2019, Weston Super Mare Whoever heard of a beautiful wall? Walls are practical, concrete, to keep people in, or out; to defend... Continue Reading →

Things I Have Learnt in School Leadership Part 1- An Old Deaf Cat.

My cat is old. Her breathing catches and rasps when she sleeps. I watch her shudder and tremble in her dreams; chasing some dissolving memory. My cat is old and she is deaf; she has a thyroid condition that leaves... Continue Reading →

How Do We Measure Inclusion? What I have learnt from a Pupil Referal Unit.

I have only been chair of governors at a PRU for a few meetings (A PRU governor for little over a year). It pretty much terrifies me as much as I am energised by it. You could argue, ‘You don’t... Continue Reading →

The Vandals took the Handel’s- Edu twitter in the click bait gutter.

Edu twitter has always been a particularly strong platform for the seemingly righteous and academic stalwarts within our profession. Those that seek a little controversy and like a damn fine researched reference point to boot. I always found my angry... Continue Reading →

In the Castle of Me – thoughts on why we need to change the school leadership narrative

Respect goes a long way and yet some people seem to find it is so easy to critique the faults of others. I dread this time of year because you are usually a couple of SATs questions away from notching... Continue Reading →

Standing Tall in the Hurricane – advice for surviving school leadership.

I get knocked down, but I get up again You are never gonna keep me down Tubthumping - Chumbawamba I recently heard that when Tony Blair was asked how he had lasted so long as Prime Minister he took out... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on What we Need to do to Solve the Teacher Shortage.

‘Teachers, Keep on teaching…’ Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder For many school leaders; especially those in smaller towns and rural areas, the teacher recruitment and retention crisis becomes a daunting reality at this time of year. Every time a teacher... Continue Reading →

A Review of Ofsteds New Framework -Without Fear or Favour

In June of 2015 I wrote a blog about the New Ofsted Framework. Re-reading it I’d say Ofsted have come a long way in four years. There is certainly a sense that engagement with the profession is a positive ‘work... Continue Reading →

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