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Let’s talk about BOOTHs Baby…

Let's talk about Booths, baby Let's talk about you and me Let's talk about all the good things And the bad things that may be… On twitter this week we have been mostly arguing about isolation booths. It’s a very... Continue Reading →

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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 →

You Are Not the Messiah – KA-POW! to the super hero myth.

We can be heroes just for one day We can be us just for one day - Bowie I am not a super hero. I am a head teacher. A paid professional working in the education sector (despite recent claims... 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 →

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 →

On Poverty: Lost in the ‘Hinterlands’ with toilet paper in your pockets…

Yesterday I was a delegate at The Beach Teaching School Alliance (@theBeachTSA) conference called Understanding the Gap. I have a Jeremy Deller print in the loo (rather than toilet- middle class head teacher alert!) It is a print of a... 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 →

Remember Where You Came From – Book of Legends

The best head teacher I ever worked with died suddenly last week. Neil Tuttiett was the single most important person in my teaching career. As an NQT it was his calm, often funny and passionate leadership approach that helped me... Continue Reading →

Why SATs Must Change – Time to Act

I wrote a tweet on Friday that echoed my concerns regarding SATs. I have always been concerned about SATs but these last two years have highlighted these concerns to a point at which I feel that I can no longer... Continue Reading →

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