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Building Bridges out of Sand- A head teachers rant about Covid19 school support.

“Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” Jorge Luis Borges Memory of another time, not so long ago, has washed away… I can not remember what my... Continue Reading →

A Sturdy Shillelagh: A recount of expanding provision

A week in education can be many sparks of time, fast, slow but there’s always an end.. here’s my reflection on last week. This week there have been times I have felt like a stranded astronaut staring out at the... Continue Reading →

Dear Lord Adonis…

Stan DUPP Dear Lord Adonis, Thank you for alerting those that can do something about the inequality facing families up and down our country due to ‘many’ schools just not pulling their finger out at a time of national crisis.... Continue Reading →

All is Well at Castle Ofsted

There was a time when the drawbridge at Castle Ofsted was down and rust had begun to creep along the chains, as tufts of grass sprouted upon the verges. The invitation to the serfs almost welcoming - a bridge over... Continue Reading →

Lead Well – Mind and Body Pt2

I wrote a blog last week that detailed my recent health concerns and how I needed to acknowledge the impact that being a head teacher was having on my own wellbeing. It prompted an unprecedented response – over 100 DMs... Continue Reading →

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 →

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