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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 →

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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 →

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 →

Loaded Die? – Experiencing Ofsted as a governor

Sometimes in life things can feel unfair. That the die is loaded against you and no matter what you do you are doomed to a predetermined fate. This is no different for me when thinking about school leadership. Therefore, you... Continue Reading →

‘Leaders have not…’ Ofsted Chants from the Football Terraces

'I was just saying to your colleague, the referee has got me the sack, thank him ever so much for that, won't you?' England’s Graham Taylor to a linesman School leadership is under fire. I have read a 'horde of... Continue Reading →

Management Realism – TRYING to get Performance Management right

This is not rocket science but it takes a little guts and trust on behalf of managers. There are no numerical targets for performance management this year. No get this level, achieve this score, mark this many books, understand this... Continue Reading →

Crime and Punishment: DFE data inequality.

You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot. Stanley Kubrick I am an optimist, an idealist. I am sure that in the future someone will read this blog with a mixture of bewilderment and contempt... Continue Reading →

Why Observation is Critical to Schools Success

There has been a lot of ‘debate’ this week about lesson observations based on the following ‘Starter for Five’ (Advice for new teachers) from mylifeasacynicalteacher. The post advised: Find out what the observers are looking for Give them what they want... Continue Reading →

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