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Be Positive

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a... Continue Reading →

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Emotional Honesty in the Soap Opera of School Leadership: Part 1

The further you are away from something the harder it is to understand what you are observing. That dark spec on the horizon could be many things and as it gets closer you may still find yourself squinting with a... Continue Reading →

Maverick Headship

mav·er·ick  (măv′ər-ĭk, măv′rĭk) 1. A person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs. 2. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has... 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 →

Us and Them!

"How does this end? Tell me how this ends!" Phone Booth. Affirmation is something every head teacher needs. Some leaders may think they are at the summit of educational achievement. They may have an aura of power and mystery about them... Continue Reading →

Old Primary Head’s Review of #IL2015

I have been going to this conference for over 6 years now. If you are a head or senior leader in a school and have never been I really recommend you do. I always go away feeling that there is... Continue Reading →

Bully Bully! Why you hate your SLT

Of Bullies and Accomplices: Over the years it has become clear to me that the word bully is a very powerful one. It's origins from the 1500's come from the word "sweetheart" (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bully). What a journey!  In the 1600's it... Continue Reading →

Little White Lies – Love and Understanding as a School Leader

“There is not love of life without despair about life.” Albert Camus, L'Étranger. This blog is based on the book – The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck which has changed my life recently. I cannot count the number... Continue Reading →

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