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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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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 →

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 →

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 →

Why School Shaming Divides Us. In defence of Micheala

A little late to the party on this one but having read a few tweets this week that really rankled me I thought I’d put a few thoughts into words. When you take up a position of leadership you need... Continue Reading →

Lord Agnew, the Policies of Inequality and their Impact on Schools

There are many things in UK politics that are hard to stomach right now. As we slowly watch our country tear itself apart I thought it could not get any worse… and then I read the Schools Week exclusive on... Continue Reading →

Inclusion – Some thoughts

I believe that school leaders are facing a crisis like no other. It is multi-faceted and complex. They are face to face with problems that have risen from the policies of austerity and slowly chocked and clogged the souls of... 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 →

Grassroots and Soul

A few thoughts on #BrewEd #BrewEdBristol Like much in Bristol the Golden Guinea Pub buzzes with a hidden sheen of unpleasant antiquity. The ‘Guinea’ was coinage made off the back of slavery. This architecturally solid and impressive street was once... Continue Reading →

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