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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 →

IS money the reason education within mainstream schools outside of London are less inclusive?

Last week The Inclusion series was released by Mime and it highlighted some worrying statistics and trends regarding inclusiveness and equality within our education systems. In recent months I have commented a lot about the term ‘Inclusion’ – in fact... Continue Reading →

Things I Have Learnt in School Leadership Part 1- An Old Deaf Cat.

My cat is old. Her breathing catches and rasps when she sleeps. I watch her shudder and tremble in her dreams; chasing some dissolving memory. My cat is old and she is deaf; she has a thyroid condition that leaves... 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 →

Standing Tall in the Hurricane – advice for surviving school leadership.

I get knocked down, but I get up again You are never gonna keep me down Tubthumping - Chumbawamba I recently heard that when Tony Blair was asked how he had lasted so long as Prime Minister he took out... Continue Reading →

Bridging the Moral Conduct Gap – crazy solutions to address the inequalities within education and society.

Cheating, deception, corporate misconduct, stealing, harassing, lying, damaging the environment for profit, selling weapons that hurt the vulnerable, price fixing… The list of unethical behaviours conducted by the rich and powerful is very long indeed. You would think that considering... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on What we Need to do to Solve the Teacher Shortage.

‘Teachers, Keep on teaching…’ Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder For many school leaders; especially those in smaller towns and rural areas, the teacher recruitment and retention crisis becomes a daunting reality at this time of year. Every time a teacher... Continue Reading →

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