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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 →

Rogue One: Why do teachers hate Ofsted?

Why is it that Ofsted makes so many head teachers go on the immediate defensive? It seems to me that no matter your standing in the Ofsted hierarchy most head teachers or teachers I meet would, if they could, do... 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 →

Dark Futures – The Great Education Swindle

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 I love a dystopian narrative; one... Continue Reading →

Trad Troll Hunter Vrs Prog Troll Hunter – An Education Odyssey

Hans, trolljegeren: Have you got all the troll footage you need? I am all for calling out the trolls... Yeah! Beat those warty old slime balls back to their dank and mossy bridges, where they belong.  I am all for... Continue Reading →

The Thousand Yard Stare – Some thoughts on the influence and impact of bloggers

I got a feeling inside of me It's kind of strange like a stormy sea The Damned - New Rose It is easy to get caught up in educations negative narrative net. I sometimes look to the left and I... Continue Reading →

Be Positive

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a... 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 →

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