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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 →

Affirmation in Education -All the Small Things…

There I was being 'the leader' I wanted to see. Walking the walk amongst Reception asking them how the pantomime had gone. It was ace apparently... in between telling me how tall they were and how so and so had... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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