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Cruel Britannia – our lack of trust in education is a barrier we must overcome.

On Tuesday we will be able to read a ‘state of the nation’ study of England’s education system published by the Institute of Education. It is already causing quite a storm because it is clear that the report will highlight... Continue Reading →

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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 →

My Exclusion Blog: Mischief and craft

'The most famous octopus anecdotes are tales of escape and thievery' In Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith he also quotes Claudia Aelianus, third century AD, writing about octopus - 'Mischief and craft are plainly seen to be characteristics of this... Continue Reading →

On Poverty: Lost in the ‘Hinterlands’ with toilet paper in your pockets…

Yesterday I was a delegate at The Beach Teaching School Alliance (@theBeachTSA) conference called Understanding the Gap. I have a Jeremy Deller print in the loo (rather than toilet- middle class head teacher alert!) It is a print of a... Continue Reading →

Gathering Facts and Stats in the SATs Storm

I want to see you sweating facts and sh*itting stats – Johnson (Peep Show) I have been contacted by so many heads (well over 100) about doing something about SATs but I feel we need to gather our facts and... Continue Reading →

Why SATs Must Change – Time to Act

I wrote a tweet on Friday that echoed my concerns regarding SATs. I have always been concerned about SATs but these last two years have highlighted these concerns to a point at which I feel that I can no longer... Continue Reading →

Dark Futures – The Great Education Swindle

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 I love a dystopian narrative; one... Continue Reading →

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Grammar Schools

“There is repeated evidence that any appearance of advantage for those attending selective schools is outweighed by the disadvantage for those who do not” Professor Stephen Gorard of Durham University. I have been reading Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way... Continue Reading →

‘Leaders have not…’ Ofsted Chants from the Football Terraces

'I was just saying to your colleague, the referee has got me the sack, thank him ever so much for that, won't you?' England’s Graham Taylor to a linesman School leadership is under fire. I have read a 'horde of... Continue Reading →

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