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This Distance Between Us – Parent School Relationships

"You can't teach children to behave better by making them feel worse. When children feel better, they behave better." Pam Leo This blog has been inspired by Carrie and David Grant who spoke about the parent school relationship at this... Continue Reading →

Weapons of Mass Education

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire I have re-read one of my favourite books of all time this week. Steven Pinker’s brilliant ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ in which he explores the... Continue Reading →

Mistakes Made in Leadership: Six Degrees of Sorry.

“I'm sorry, so sorry” Brenda Lee We are never very far away from our next mistake. I have learnt over the years that it is how we deal with a mistake rather than the mistake itself that is most important.... Continue Reading →

Dear @NickyMorgan01,

Dear @NickyMorgan01, It is 4:47 am on Friday the 12th of Feb. This is the first time in my career I have been unable to sleep because of my job. I was at a head teachers briefing yesterday and I... Continue Reading →

Fight the Powerlessness – is now the time to step out of the shackles of the education blues?

Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died… Everybody Knows, Leonard Cohen I feel we have reached a kairotic point in education and the wellbeing of its workforce. Kairotic is Greek for a defining moment,... Continue Reading →

Behaviour – If not you, then who?

Why does there seem to be so many teachers who feel that a child’s behaviour should not be (or they wish was not) their responsibility? Just asking this question makes me think I’ll be hauled out and dragged through the... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: 5 rules for dealing with a Social Media attack

"I am human and I need to be loved..." The Smiths I did a Twitter poll last week which asked how many teachers/ leaders had suffered personal attacks on their decisions, character or ability via Facebook. I got 52 replies... Continue Reading →

Keeping Children in Mainstream – In praise of special schools and being inclusive

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt I am in a unique position. As the head of a large mainstream (600+) and a 28 place special school, all on one site (intermingled... Continue Reading →

Why We Must Change the Work Culture in Schools

I have been pondering this one for some time. I have no new answers. I do have a perspective and a will to do something about it though. I am in the middle of a wellbeing survey of teachers at... Continue Reading →

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