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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 →

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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 →

Supporting Inclusion – Action over Ideology

So much of what I hear about the issues surrounding inclusion is based on ideas and ideals. It would seem to me that within our education system there is a rising crisis around the problems that trying to be inclusive... Continue Reading →

The School Delusion

"You seem to be lost in a world of statistics when these headteachers who wrote this letter to their parents yesterday are dealing with the reality and you can quote as many numbers as you like about what you say... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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