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Why Talking to a ‘person of colour’ About Race Has Changed Me – Letters from a former student

Icy and Sot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N,Y. Photo by Ilana Novick * This blog was inspired by Shalana Serafina Bharath as emails between us developed my thinking over the course of a few weeks. I have her consent to share... Continue Reading →

Building Bridges out of Sand- A head teachers rant about Covid19 school support.

“Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” Jorge Luis Borges Memory of another time, not so long ago, has washed away… I can not remember what my... Continue Reading →

Lead Well – Mind and Body Pt2

I wrote a blog last week that detailed my recent health concerns and how I needed to acknowledge the impact that being a head teacher was having on my own wellbeing. It prompted an unprecedented response – over 100 DMs... Continue Reading →

The Great Wall of EduTwitter and why we need it.

“I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Twitterer.” - UK tweetcher, Jon F Kipper, June 26th 2019, Weston Super Mare Whoever heard of a beautiful wall? Walls are practical, concrete, to keep people in, or out; to defend... Continue Reading →

How Do We Measure Inclusion? What I have learnt from a Pupil Referal Unit.

I have only been chair of governors at a PRU for a few meetings (A PRU governor for little over a year). It pretty much terrifies me as much as I am energised by it. You could argue, ‘You don’t... Continue Reading →

In the Castle of Me – thoughts on why we need to change the school leadership narrative

Respect goes a long way and yet some people seem to find it is so easy to critique the faults of others. I dread this time of year because you are usually a couple of SATs questions away from notching... Continue Reading →

Bridging the Moral Conduct Gap – crazy solutions to address the inequalities within education and society.

Cheating, deception, corporate misconduct, stealing, harassing, lying, damaging the environment for profit, selling weapons that hurt the vulnerable, price fixing… The list of unethical behaviours conducted by the rich and powerful is very long indeed. You would think that considering... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on What we Need to do to Solve the Teacher Shortage.

‘Teachers, Keep on teaching…’ Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder For many school leaders; especially those in smaller towns and rural areas, the teacher recruitment and retention crisis becomes a daunting reality at this time of year. Every time a teacher... Continue Reading →

A Review of Ofsteds New Framework -Without Fear or Favour

In June of 2015 I wrote a blog about the New Ofsted Framework. Re-reading it I’d say Ofsted have come a long way in four years. There is certainly a sense that engagement with the profession is a positive ‘work... Continue Reading →

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