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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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Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall – The Death of the Local Authority

  I wrote a tweet this week that read, ‘I am becoming of the opinion that it’s not schools that need that extra funding – it is local authorities. How have we let this happen?’ This statement was based on... Continue Reading →

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 →

Breaking Heads – How far is too far?

I have been a head teacher for 16 years. At my Performance Management this week my governors asked about my well being. EVERY governing body should be asking that question right now because headship has become toxic. That is not... 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 →

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 →

‘Leaders have not…’ Ofsted Chants from the Football Terraces

'I was just saying to your colleague, the referee has got me the sack, thank him ever so much for that, won't you?' England’s Graham Taylor to a linesman School leadership is under fire. I have read a 'horde of... Continue Reading →

Rolling the Dice – Why the current SATs regime must go!

As this year draws to a close I realise I no longer have confidence that the primary school testing regime is fit for purpose (I don’t think I am alone). I no longer believe that the results we see up... Continue Reading →

Management Realism – TRYING to get Performance Management right

This is not rocket science but it takes a little guts and trust on behalf of managers. There are no numerical targets for performance management this year. No get this level, achieve this score, mark this many books, understand this... Continue Reading →

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