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Retirement from Headship

I have been a head teacher for almost 20 years and therefore announcing that I was ‘retiring’ in a national newspaper yesterday because the job had become almost impossible made for a difficult read, especially for my wife. Firstly, did... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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