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Wake Up – Education version Two Zero One Nine

How long, not long because what you reap is what you sow! Rage Against the Machine - Wake UpIf you sit on the fence for too long it will break. There comes a time that you need to wake up... Continue Reading →

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The Murmuring – A generational crisis in our schools #school

Once the strange West Country tradition of Carnival is over, winter, like a sad assassin, slowly takes control. I love this time of year. My drive to work is punctuated by the dead leaves eddying as the light wakes up.... Continue Reading →

Investing in Futures – Why Apprenticeships are the answer

I was blown away by the National Apprenticeship Awards this year. The 'Bright Future' tag line hit me more than in any other year as being a 'real' alternative to the stale old routes of university. I sat through the... Continue Reading →

The ORIGINAL White Paper: Found in a Westminster Pub

Any old wisdom is good if somebody has understood it. A wisdom that hasn't been understood may get covered in dust.  Daniil Kharms Today I Wrote Nothing I was out ‘socialising’ with @theprimaryhead and @MrBaxter74 in The Marquis Of Westminster... Continue Reading →

The Art of Peeling an Orange – Keeping schools true to their core.

I saw a box of Easy Peel Seedless Oranges in the supermarket yesterday they were next to a ready peeled box of orange segments. I love peeling oranges, breaking the skin, smelling that bitter sweet musky smell on my fingers... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: Stress

It has been a tough few weeks. I used to say, "I never get stressed”. I was an idiot. What I should have said was, “I never noticed my stress”. I have allowed the adversities and complications of headship to... Continue Reading →

Crime and Punishment: DFE data inequality.

You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot. Stanley Kubrick I am an optimist, an idealist. I am sure that in the future someone will read this blog with a mixture of bewilderment and contempt... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: The Rise of the Blue Print (otherwise known as Purple Pen Syndrome)

An over-reliance on past successes is a sure blue print for future failures - Henry Petroski I once worked with a head teacher whose school was graded outstanding and had the following opening lines in Ofsted’s letter to the children,... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership – The Basic Instincts of Governance

It was my first ever social with governors. It was my second year in teaching – All foppish hair, ideals and green ill-fitting corduroy jacket. I had a pint and we moved to the circle of chairs. There were seven... Continue Reading →

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