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A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a... Continue Reading →

Laughing at Ghosts

“The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the Avalanche..." Jon Ronson I believe that I am evolving a stark hate for all things technological or in particular 'social media'. My final days on Twitter (or as a blogger) may be... Continue Reading →

Emotional Honesty in the Soap Opera of School Leadership Pt2

On the morning of July the 7th 2005 I was sat in a meeting with an assistant head teacher from the local East End secondary school. Her phone went and she apologised as she said she needed to take it.... Continue Reading →

Power to You

It is 20 years since I lay in bed the night before my first day as a 'real' teacher with a sense of rising panic and anticipation. What would I now tell this naive, rather gangly 20 something? What golden... Continue Reading →

Emotional Honesty in the Soap Opera of School Leadership: Part 1

The further you are away from something the harder it is to understand what you are observing. That dark spec on the horizon could be many things and as it gets closer you may still find yourself squinting with a... Continue Reading →

Inclusion – No entry 

I was a little surprised but also honoured to be a panel member alongside @nancygedge, @JulesDaulby, @oldandrewuk and @maximisingTAs at this years #educationfest. As much fun as it was the debate left me thinking about the issues more. The theme... Continue Reading →

Mistakes I Have Made in Leadership: Getting caught up in the negative

Never have I been more uncertain standing up for what I believe in. Never have I felt more exposed or more vulnerable... So says the blogging head teacher. There is a palpable buzz of anger and disappointment around education right... Continue Reading →

The Negativity Effect – should we just stop moaning?

I read Secret Teacher this morning. It was an interesting read on how all these open letters and criticisms in education are having a negative impact upon our profession. As one who is currently in a bit of a 'spiral... Continue Reading →

Nuts in May- a #SATs retrospective

One of my most memorable and surreal moments in education was watching my headteacher being run over by a Year 6 teacher. She was stressed out because Ofsted had the affront to tell her that the Library should be open... Continue Reading →

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