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Lord Agnew, the Policies of Inequality and their Impact on Schools

There are many things in UK politics that are hard to stomach right now. As we slowly watch our country tear itself apart I thought it could not get any worse… and then I read the Schools Week exclusive on... Continue Reading →

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The School Delusion

"You seem to be lost in a world of statistics when these headteachers who wrote this letter to their parents yesterday are dealing with the reality and you can quote as many numbers as you like about what you say... Continue Reading →

Reasons to be Cheerful in Education

Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly Good golly Miss Molly and boats Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet Jump back in the alley and nanny goats Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Reasons to be cheerful Part 3 I have been... Continue Reading →

Affirmation in Education -All the Small Things…

There I was being 'the leader' I wanted to see. Walking the walk amongst Reception asking them how the pantomime had gone. It was ace apparently... in between telling me how tall they were and how so and so had... Continue Reading →

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 →

Cruel Britannia – our lack of trust in education is a barrier we must overcome.

On Tuesday we will be able to read a ‘state of the nation’ study of England’s education system published by the Institute of Education. It is already causing quite a storm because it is clear that the report will highlight... Continue Reading →

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 →

My Exclusion Blog: Mischief and craft

'The most famous octopus anecdotes are tales of escape and thievery' In Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith he also quotes Claudia Aelianus, third century AD, writing about octopus - 'Mischief and craft are plainly seen to be characteristics of this... 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 →

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