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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 →

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Computer Love – Why I’m not worried about Machine Learning

I don't know what to do I need a rendezvous Computer love Computer love Kraftwerk Other than worrying about a world war triggered via twitter by the fiery incompetence and lies of world ‘leaders’; this week I have been musing... Continue Reading →

The Curse of the Definitive Judgement

I can still remember when I first heard the language of judgement in a classroom. I was teaching on an estate in South Bristol. It was 1996 - Education Education Education just a few months away. I was a youngish... 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 →

Only Ofsted Can Save Us.

Sarah Belding: Be careful. You're a man who makes people afraid, and that's dangerous.  The Stranger: It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid. High Plains Drifter This week, as I digested Bomb Evacuation Procedures; witnessed and... 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 →

“It is SO much easier now to be a head” Sir Michael Wilshaw

It’s still September and it’s still positive BLOG month for me. So, how do I respond to the Schools Week front page Michael Wilshaw quote? “It is so much easier now to be a head.” Firstly, I really enjoy reading... Continue Reading →

Gone in 15 Seconds- The thin line between Outstanding and RI

* MYTH BUSTING NOTE: Early Years settings need to have a registered manager and this is not the case for maintained schools which are not regulated in the same way and would have their nursery seen under a section 5 inspection with... Continue Reading →

Ofsted DOES NOT… My highlights from the NEW Section 5 Handbook!

I enquired about an issue with @HarfordSean this week and he asked at the end – “What do you think of the new handbook?” I said something along the lines of, “Yeah, I like it…” in the same way as... Continue Reading →

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