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Burning Bridges – Random thoughts about Ofsteds new framework*

*Otherwise known as a ramble I am writing because though it is early days for the new Ofsted Framework I sense some rising panic on the dance floors of twitter. I am very cautious nowadays when twitter froth rises to... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Bridging the Moral Conduct Gap – crazy solutions to address the inequalities within education and society.

Cheating, deception, corporate misconduct, stealing, harassing, lying, damaging the environment for profit, selling weapons that hurt the vulnerable, price fixing… The list of unethical behaviours conducted by the rich and powerful is very long indeed. You would think that considering... 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 →

Supporting Inclusion – Action over Ideology

So much of what I hear about the issues surrounding inclusion is based on ideas and ideals. It would seem to me that within our education system there is a rising crisis around the problems that trying to be inclusive... Continue Reading →

Why School Shaming Divides Us. In defence of Micheala

A little late to the party on this one but having read a few tweets this week that really rankled me I thought I’d put a few thoughts into words. When you take up a position of leadership you need... Continue Reading →

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