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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 →

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 →

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 →

‘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 →

Emotional Honesty in the Soap Opera of School Leadership Pt2

On the morning of July the 7th 2005 I was sat in a meeting with an assistant head teacher from the local East End secondary school. Her phone went and she apologised as she said she needed to take it.... Continue Reading →

Nuts in May- a #SATs retrospective

One of my most memorable and surreal moments in education was watching my headteacher being run over by a Year 6 teacher. She was stressed out because Ofsted had the affront to tell her that the Library should be open... Continue Reading →

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