Old Primary Head

The Curse of the Definitive Judgement

I can still remember when I first heard the language of judgement in a classroom. I was teaching on an estate in South Bristol. It was 1996 - Education Education Education just a few months away. I was a youngish... 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 →

The Picture of Hope Academy

"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde It started so well. A new dawn and a new 'Hope' Academy. There was money and there was passion. We... Continue Reading →

Gathering Facts and Stats in the SATs Storm

I want to see you sweating facts and sh*itting stats – Johnson (Peep Show) I have been contacted by so many heads (well over 100) about doing something about SATs but I feel we need to gather our facts and... 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 →

1000 Words – My Response to the National College regarding my NLE designation

"Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance." James Bryant Conant “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”  Groucho... Continue Reading →

Strong and Stable Leadership – and where to find it

I often look towards other people, leaders and leadership for inspiration. I find it in strange places. Recently all these have inspired me to reflect and be better at what I do, which is lead a school… Mandy Harvey on... Continue Reading →

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