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Not Now Gavin.

If Gavin Williamson, or anyone from the Conservative party, had spent any time on Social Media this week he would have realised that he has totally lost the confidence of the education community. Teachers and head teachers have been unanimous... Continue Reading →

Heads in the Sand.

Last week More Than a Score hosted a webinar in which school leaders clearly expressed why they felt that standardised testing should be scrapped this academic year. I had a few words to say but my mic failed. So I... Continue Reading →

Why Talking to a ‘person of colour’ About Race Has Changed Me – Letters from a former student

Icy and Sot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N,Y. Photo by Ilana Novick * This blog was inspired by Shalana Serafina Bharath as emails between us developed my thinking over the course of a few weeks. I have her consent to share... Continue Reading →

Lead Well – Mind and Body Pt2

I wrote a blog last week that detailed my recent health concerns and how I needed to acknowledge the impact that being a head teacher was having on my own wellbeing. It prompted an unprecedented response – over 100 DMs... Continue Reading →

Lead Well – or die trying.

Oh, in no time at all This'll be the distant past Father John Misty - Ballad of a dying man Very recently I have had to admit to myself that I am not made of iron; that I cannot just... Continue Reading →

The Great Wall of EduTwitter and why we need it.

“I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Twitterer.” - UK tweetcher, Jon F Kipper, June 26th 2019, Weston Super Mare Whoever heard of a beautiful wall? Walls are practical, concrete, to keep people in, or out; to defend... Continue Reading →

How Do We Measure Inclusion? What I have learnt from a Pupil Referal Unit.

I have only been chair of governors at a PRU for a few meetings (A PRU governor for little over a year). It pretty much terrifies me as much as I am energised by it. You could argue, ‘You don’t... Continue Reading →

The Vandals took the Handel’s- Edu twitter in the click bait gutter.

Edu twitter has always been a particularly strong platform for the seemingly righteous and academic stalwarts within our profession. Those that seek a little controversy and like a damn fine researched reference point to boot. I always found my angry... Continue Reading →

In the Castle of Me – thoughts on why we need to change the school leadership narrative

Respect goes a long way and yet some people seem to find it is so easy to critique the faults of others. I dread this time of year because you are usually a couple of SATs questions away from notching... Continue Reading →

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