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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 →

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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 →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: Attunement Part 2 – Making decisions in the spotlight…

“Fight! Brian, there’s a fight in the Nursery!” I make my way across the hall, in to the Nursery and my jaw drops. Two mothers are entwined on the nursery playground floor, faces red with hate, fingers digging into skin... Continue Reading →

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