Old Primary Head



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 →

Without Fear or Favour

@imagineinquiry @cherrykd @debrakidd have done a great transcript of the meeting where we all meet @HarfordSean from Ofsted... So, I’ll just have a ramble... It began with @emmaannhardy sniggering at me. I can recommend this as a rather pleasant experience... Continue Reading →

Turning Super Tankers- Can Ofsted Change Direction?

I have huge respect for @HartfordSean as one twitter frequenter to another – in the same way as I did for @mcladingbowl. I still remember the day, like dark wisps, that Ofsted materialised on to twitter. It felt fresh and... Continue Reading →

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